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Watch our costumed interpreters as they take you through each step of the chocolate-making process—from cacao seed to chocolate mills— and learn more about the preparation of hot chocolate and chocolate tea at Mount Vernon.


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Vaughan Lobby

The Washingtons and Chocolate

The Washingtons were fond of chocolate. However, chocolate was not consumed in the same way by the Washingtons as it is today, such as in a smooth candy bar form.

Drinking Chocolate

Chocolate was primarily consumed as a warm beverage in the 18th century, which is how the Washingtons frequently enjoyed it. Most often it was served with breakfast, similar to coffee or tea.

Hot chocolate was prepared by grating chocolate into boiling water, milk and water, or wine and water. Then spices and sugar were added. Next the drink was frothed and then served.

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Chocolate Creme from Dining with the Washingtons


Watch how chocolate was made in the 18th century.

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