Today we're excited to share the details behind a recent day trip we made to Colonial Williamsburg to meet Nascar driver, Kyle Busch and his wife, Samantha and we've got a delicious giveaway at the conclusion of this post for one lucky reader!
To give a little background, I'd been offered a set of media passes to attend the History Meets Horsepower event where Colonial Williamsburg and Mars Chocolate North America brought the excitement of Nascar to the Revolutionary City before heading to Richmond International Raceway for the Federated Auto Parts 400 Nascar Sprint Cup Series Race this past Saturday. The partnership was created to share our country’s rich transportation and culinary history and celebrates the evolution of each through modern times.
It sounded like an interesting culmination of several different things we're interested in — I grew up loving Nascar a little more than I care to admit, Mary's a chocolate fanatic and we're both into trying new things with local meaning and history. So with that, we hit the road for a little day trip in Colonial Williamsburg with Nascar on my brain and chocolate on Mary's.
We learned about the History Meets Horsepower partnership and the rich American history of chocolate from the History Research Director at Mars Chocolate and one of the chocolate makers on site from the Historic Foodways program at Colonial Williamsburg. I have to admit, it was fascinating to learn how much work went into rendering even 2 tablespoons of chocolate back in the day along with all the complimentary spices that got incorporated to bring out different flavor variations. It's a true science and makes much more sense as to why it was such a prized delicacy. The same people demonstrating the chocolate rendering process on stage are the same ones working the Foodways program at Colonial Williamsburg where the public can come watch demonstrations first hand on how everything from chocolate to beer was made back in the 1800's.
Next up, Kyle Busch got up to say a few words about the upcoming race. For those unfamiliar, he's the Nascar driver of the number 18 M&M’s Toyota Camry. We snapped the photo of his car paired next to a Colonial era wagon at the top of this post upon entering the event. Kyle's wife, Samantha, also came up on stage to share a few recipes she'd created especially for the event, using (you guessed it) American Heritage Chocolate from Mars. It turns out Samantha is an avid foodie, writes her own lifestyle blog and even comes up with new recipes to try while on the tour bus with Kyle.
After the cooking demo, those with media passes (that's us, score!) were invited to come up on stage to meet Kyle and Samantha, getting a chance to taste all of the recipes they'd just made. They both seemed down to earth and good natured about the entire experience. Everything was put together so well.
After getting to meet Kyle and Samantha they were whisked away for a media frenzy, which was pretty interesting to be a fly on the wall for:
We also brought home a bunch of American Heritage Chocolate goodies to offer as a giveaway for one lucky reader:
One of our readers will win a gift package including each of the pictured American Heritage Chocolate goodies — a muslin package of Chocolate Bites, 2 Chocolate Blocks, a container full of Finely Grated Chocolate Drink and a hand thrown American Heritage Historic Chocolate souvenir mug that was handcrafted in America. Learn more about each of these heritage chocolate products and where to buy them on the American Heritage website.
To enter, simply use the Rafflecopter form below — it should load right below this paragraph. For those unfamiliar with Rafflecopter, you fill in the fields using your choice of Facebook or your email, which is only used to contact the randomly selected winner (no spam) — it's that simple.
American Heritage Chocolate generously provided us with all the goodies included in today's chocolate giveaway. All the delicious thoughts and opinions on the chocolate are our own — thank you so much for supporting the sponsors that make 17 Apart possible.