Rabbi Deborah Prinz came to the Bloomington-Normal area to discuss the rich history of chocolate and her book, "On the Chocolate Trail: A Delicious Adventure Connecting Jews, Religions, History, Travel, Rituals and Recipes to the Magic of Cacao."
Prinz gave four presentations through Sunday and Monday. Her last event was a lecture on “What Did Alexander Hamilton Drink? Colonial Chocolate Trade,” which discussed the history of how chocolate was made and raised questions as to how cocoa came to the colonies.
According to Prinz, our American founders were very fond of chocolate and their appetites and appreciation for cocoa was a highlight of discussion in her lecture.
“Next time you pick up a piece of chocolate or if you drink some chocolate, you are definitely taking in colonial chocolate culture and history,” Prinz said.
With a sweet tooth on the loose, that was not the main reason for her curiosity in her subject matter.
“My husband and I were traveling in Paris and we went into a chocolate shop and I happened to pick up a company literature," she said.
"I read this little paragraph that said 'Jews exiled from Spain brought chocolate making to France.'"
Student Deanna Fieger commented on Prinz's presentation.
“I think it was interesting to hear about the connection and history chocolate has to my religion,” Feiger said.
Prinz is currently working on an upcoming project on celebratory yeast breads which will go into detail on multicultural, exotic and unusual yeast breads.
You can grab her book at our campus bookstore and on her website onthechocolatetrail.org as a great Valentine’s Day gift.