Cocao or cocoa? Apparently these spellings are used interchangeably. It is thought that somewhere in history a spelling error became permanent. But, the scientific name for the “chocolate plant” is Theobroma cocao so I'm thinking we've all been living a lie for hundreds of years. Oh, well, I'm over it. I freaking love cocao/cocoa no matter how you spell it. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for American Heritage Chocolate. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. #MC
American Heritage Chocolate
Normally, I'm not so much learning about chocolate as I am just consuming it in all of its glorious forms. But perusing the American Heritage website has actually been a lot of fun. They have an interactive timeline about the history of chocolate. Did you know that Theobroma cocao means “Cacao, Food of the Gods.” Yep, I concur. Makes perfect sense. 🙂
American Heritage Chocolate products are certified Kosher, made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. Their authentic historic recipe for chocolate is made with ingredients that were only available in the 1750's. I can tell you, it is quite an experience for your taste buds. Their chocolate is rich, a little spicy and sweet. This recipe is used in chocolate history demonstrations and is available for sale at over 130 living history museums and sites across the US and Canada. I really love their Finely Grated Chocolate Drink mix and decided to add it to some sugar cookies…
Cocoa Swirl Sugar Cookies
I figured these would be perfect for the holidays. I was running really short on time so I just used a sugar cookie mix, but any sugar cookie recipe would work perfectly.
- Sugar Cookie Mix (or whatever your favorite recipe calls for)
- American Heritage Finely Grated Chocolate Drink Mix (about 1/3 cup)
Simply prepare your mix as directed. Place drink mix in a shallow dish. Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough into a snake in your hands. Coat one side of the “snake” in drink mix. Roll into pinwheel and place on ungreased cookie sheet. I baked mine for about 6-7 minutes and then let sit on the hot pan for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks. The result was a rich and chewy cookie. Plus, they have a great look on their own or in a mix of other holiday treats.
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