On the Chocolate Trail

Chocolate Making Implements

Chocolate stones and “rowlers” were advertised in New York,1 in Philadelphia,2 and in Boston.3 Also available were “Chocolate and Snuff Mills”4 and “a good CHOCOLATE MILL that grinds by hand, with all the utensils belonging to it… ”5

1 New York Weekly Journal (April 21 1740): 3.

2 In Pennsylvania Gazette (February 18 1775): 4, Joseph Stansbury advertised “chocolate cups, handled and plain.” Balfour & Barraud, merchants of Norfolk, Virginia, announced the arrival of a shipment from London, in June 1766, that included chocolate pots and mills, chocolate cups, and saucers. Mary Goodwin, “The Colonial Store,” Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Library, Research Report Series (1966): 79a. James Haldane, also of Norfolk, advertised in 1771 that he “makes and sells all sorts of copper and brass work… coffee and chocolate pots… ” De Witt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum permanent installation “Revolution in Taste”;

Pennsylvania Gazette (March 29 1748): 3.

3 Boston Gazette (September 2 1765): 3.

4 New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (May 23 1768): 4.

5 New-York Gazette and Weekly Mercury (February 24 1772): 4; and another in same edition, supplement p. 1; Rivington’s New York Gazetteer (September 2 1772): 4; Pennsylvania Packet (August 7 1775): 1.

On the Chocolate Trail

On the Chocolate Trail