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1462Recipe for Britain's First Chilled Chocolate Treats Discovered

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  • Terry Foreman
    Aug 29, 2013
      Aug. 29, 2013 — The first English recipes for iced chocolate desserts, nearly 350 years old, have been uncovered by a lecturer at the University of Leicester -- just in time for the last of the summery weather.

      But it seems that in the 17th century, these chilly treats were believed to be as dangerous as they were delightful.

      Dr Kate Loveman of the University's School of English has published a new paper, The Introduction of Chocolate into England: Retailers, Researchers, and Consumers, 1640-1730, in the Journal of Social History exploring the early history of chocolate in England.

      She has found the first English recipes for iced chocolate treats, collected by the Earl of Sandwich in 1668 -- some hundred years before his great, great grandson allegedly invented the sandwich.

      [ Read the recipe and a use Pepys put it to below ]