A new program was presented at Fort St-Joseph last summer all about chocolate! Not your standard store-bought chocolate, but Heritage Chocolate. Visitors enjoyed a presentation, took part in the preparation of a chocolate treat, and got to taste the fruits of their labour.
By Noëlline Rioux
Mariette, a Heritage Presenter at the fort, greeted visitors in period costume and then introduced the Heritage Chocolate telling them they were going to make their own chocolate ‘bar’ using toppings of their choice. While melting chocolate for the visitors, Mariette explained how chocolate was imported from England at the time Fort St. Joseph was occupied. Soldiers received chocolate as part of their rations because it was considered a good source of energy. Chocolate also has a connection with the fur trade. During long expeditions, chocolate, which did not spoil, was left in caches for fur traders and exploration parties.
In 2012, Parks Canada partnered with the “Mars” company, makers of a line of Heritage Chocolate which is sold in the fort’s gift shop. The recipe used is from the 1700s and has an exclusive taste as it is a bit spicy.
Nobody should miss the Heritage Chocolate experience, so if you didn’t have a chance to attend the program last year, make your reservation for this summer as the demonstrations fill up very quickly.
Fort St. Joseph is a former British outpost on the southernmost point of St. Joseph Island in Ontario, Canada, on Lake Huron
St. Joseph Island is 45 km south of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Access is by bridge from Highway 17 (Trans-Canada Highway). Parks Canada beaver signs will guide you along the 37 km drive to Fort St. Joseph National Historic Site.