American Heritage Chocolate Press Trip and a Pound of American Heritage Chocolate Giveaway!

I sent my contributor Jen on a press trip for The Mommyhood Chronicles. Travel, compensation and accommodations provided. All her opinions are her own and not swayed by outside sources.

I took a step back in time with Historic Philadelphia last week, and it was SO much fun! Through interpretation, interaction, and education, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. provides a destination to experience American history like no other. They have successfully created a program that no other city in the U.S. has done, and by the end of my city tour – I was longing for more of America’s historic cities to follow suit.

historic philadelphia

I joined a group of bloggers, along with staff from the Betsy Ross House and American Heritage Chocolate on this amazing historic city tour.

Group tour

Must Visit Locations in Historic Philadelphia

Once you arrive in Philadelphia – there’s no better way to get acquainted with this up and coming foodie city, than with a Tippler’s Tour! From the brewing of the first American Porter to the tavern traditions of days gone by, learn the history behind Philadelphia’s storied beer drinking past on the famous Tippler’s Tour Colonial Pub Crawl!

Inspired by Benjamin Franklin, Tippler’s Tour includes 3 seasonal options:

Ben’s Kites & Flights, Ghosts & Toasts, and Yuletide Cheers & Beers

Visit 3 modern-day watering holes for drinks and snacks every Thursday from May-December. Your History Maker takes you along for a fun adventure while sharing tales about the historic locations and historians who visited them.

Tippler's Tour

Independence Hall After Hours

Enjoy an exclusive, unforgettable experience with a realistic journey back to 1776! After an 18th-century-inspired dinner at historic City Tavern, and a visit by Thomas Jefferson, the group sneaks into Independence Hall where they eavesdrop on Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin discussing the Declaration of Independence.

Your group doesn’t have to fight the crowds! Enjoy the Independence Hall with ease and snap pictures of the Court Room and Pennsylvania Room, where Benjamin Franklin and other historians discussed the Declaration, among other things. Did you know there are several copies of the Declaration? A few are located in the city itself!

Get an up close look at a reenactment of the John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin – it’s outstanding!! I won’t elaborate so that you are pleasantly surprised. :)

Independence Hall

Franklin Square

Stop by Franklin Square, just steps away from The Liberty Bell. This family friendly park features Philly Mini Golf, a renovated vintage marble fountain (It is thought to be the oldest surviving fountain in William Penn’s original squares), playgrounds, and the Parx Liberty Carousel. You and your family will work up an appetite after all the fun, so be sure to order a delicious Tasty Cake Shake! Special free events are happening throughout the seasons at Franklin Square, so be sure to pick up a copy of the Historic Philadelphia Gazette for the latest news!

Franklin Square

The Liberty Bell

You can’t miss a visit to the Liberty Bell Center. Find out about the state house bell, and its recognizable crack. Don’t forget to snap a picture before you go!

Liberty bell

The Betsy Ross House

Dedicated to preserving the story of Betsy Ross, and her life as an upholsterer and flag maker, the house is one of the most popular historic attractions. The House is furnished with period antiques and some reproduction furniture. Highlights include several objects known to have belonged to Betsy Ross. Visit Betsy Ross in the country’s only interactive colonial upholstery shop and get an up close look at the parlor, where she famously received the Flag Committee, and her bedroom where the first flag was secretly stitched.

Betsy Ross House

And of course meet Betsy Ross herself, well maybe not the real Betsy Ross, but she’s the perfect History Maker to resemble her. She’s the kindest woman, and even offered a few of us a sewing lesson of the flag’s stars and stripes! I really love the History Makers included with the Historic Philadelphia, Inc. tours – there’s no better way to see Philadelphia than to be immersed in it with authentic historians!

Sewing lesson

Historic Chocolate Making Lesson by American Heritage Chocolate

Learn the history of chocolate from bean-to-beverage during a delicious day celebrating the roots of the original all-American treat. Experience hands-on demonstrations, and chocolate tastings too!

Chocolate making

More about American Heritage Chocolate:

While chocolate was primarily a drink in colonial America, the modern-day applications of our historic recipe are limitless. American Heritage Chocolate can be enjoyed as a hot beverage, baked into your favorite sweet treat, incorporated into savory recipes and used in candy making. American Heritage is as authentic as it gets – its products are developed from 1750′s, and is reminiscent of what Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Ben Franklin would have enjoyed, combining all natural ingredients and exotic spices!

American Heritage Chocolate is made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives. Additionally, their chocolate is Kosher-certified, made without dairy, wheat, peanuts, or tree nuts, and is made in a facility that does not contain peanuts and tree nuts.

City Tavern

Dine like our forefathers and enjoy a taste of history in this authentic restaurant. I recommend ordering a classic favorite, Turkey Pot Pie, it’s amazing! Seriously, the best I’ve ever had. We also dined on a special dessert, made with American Heritage Chocolate, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie. Yum!

City Tavern Lunch

Oh and we had a special visit from Benjamin Franklin himself while we dined. What a fun adventure!

Must visit spots around Philadelphia that are FREE!

Thirteen one-of-a-kind award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches are scattered all over Philadelphia’s Historic District, telling riveting stories of our nation’s STORYTELLING history in the places where they actually happened. Collect stars on your paper flag and score a free ride on the carousel at Franklin Square!
Valley Forge Secrets & Spies – Learn 18th-century spy techniques including invisible ink, counterespionage, and looking for secret messages as young guests work with operatives to foil the plot.

Colonial Kids’ Quest Puppet Show - Kids of all ages will help animal puppets search for a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence in this fun outdoor activity. Saturday’s at 11:30am and 1pm.

Military Muster – The Continental Army is looking for a few good kids for drills in the art of marching and musket etiquette.
Declaration Reading – Greet the History Makers, favorite characters from the Once Upon A Nation stories come to life, and hear moving readings from the Declaration of Independence.

around philadelphia

Visitor’s Tip: Make sure you have good walking shoes on! If not, you can fancy a horse and buggy while in the historic district.

I highly recommend visiting historic Philadelphia, and using Historic Philadelphia, Inc. for your tour needs. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your family!

GIVEAWAY: One winner will receive a pound of American Heritage Chocolate. This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to visit American Heritage Chocolate and tell me your favorite. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling it out to increase your chances of winning. US only. Good luck!
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  1. wen budro says

    Mmmmm……Yum!!! My favorite would probably be the finely grated chocolate drink. It would be great to have on a cold night.

  2. ellen beck says

    CHOCOLATE BITES would be my pick, plus I could hide them and enjoy all of it myself :) Sounds delicious!

  3. Marty Crosson says

    I’d love to try the chocolate drink. What a neat idea this company had, to use antique recipes! I grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia with history-minded parents who dragged us to Independence Hall, or the Betsy Ross ‘house’, or to look down Ben Franklin’s privy pit nearly every weekend, so this post is making me really nostalgic.

  4. Lauryn R says

    The American Heritage Chocolate Summer Cake looks delicious! I definitely would like to make this, yum! :)

  5. Barbara says

    The Chocolate Bites sound delicious but I’d need t take one or two, then put the bag away. They look like something I could binge on!

  6. Julie Smith says

    Real old-fashioned chocolate made from scratch is the best, so I’d have to go with the Chocolate Drink! It looks so rich and yummy!

  7. Stephanie Grant says

    I’m going to have to say the chocolate sticks! So many wonderful ideas to make with this chocolate :)!

  8. Jackie says

    My favorite would probably be the Chocolate Sticks.
    Thank you for the review. This looks like it would be a fantastic trip!

  9. Tamra Phelps says

    I think I’d love to try the chocolate sticks. It’s a recipe from ‘the old days’—sounds great!

  10. amy says

    I love that they post recipes to try! Can’t go wrong with any chocolate, but would love to try the drink.

  11. Cindy Peterson says

    The chocolate sticks are just 60 calories and4g of sugar. These are a great snack to curb my sweet tooth without overindulging.

  12. Debbie F says

    I love that they’re spicy! I love spicy chocolate!
    My favorite would be the Chocolate Bites.
    I would go for the Chocolate Block but I’m afraid I’d eat the whole block in just a few minutes. :)

  13. Amber Terry says

    The chocolate bites look really good…of course I could say that about everything on the website :)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Angela Saver says

    My favorite is American Heritage Chocolate Block! I can’t wait to get some of this for my family!

  15. Katie R says

    I have not had this brand of chocolate. But my favorite appears that it might be the American Heritage Chocolate Drink Mix.

  16. jessica c says

    The chocolate drink looks so nice. I find myself eating chocolate more when I’m stressed. I guess this year has been over the top stress. But chocolate is always there…

  17. Angela Hendricks says

    I would love to have that huge chocolate block and would make AMERICAN HERITAGE CHOCOLATE SUMMER CAKE. All their recipes sound amazing.

  18. Brigitte Bauman says

    My favorite is the chocolate bites because I will be able to snack on them all day long. I enjoyed reading your review.

  19. Sheila Hurt says

    I’m so happy to read this post about my hometown. Looks like you all had a wonderful time! I could eat eat chocolate anyrhing every day.

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