Maine chocolate is all around you!! Fine Candy and Chocolate shops are seated in just about every Maine Town. Next time your passing through, make sure you visit a local Candy or Chocolate shop, you might even get a free sample!!
Maine Chocolate comes in the form of whoopies, lobsters, chocolate covered blueberries, truffles, turtles, needhams, ice cream, and its even good for you,..Recent research shows that chocolate can provide natural health-promoting substances called flavonoids. New studies also show that chocolate and its key ingredient, cocoa, have some major health benefits. In its purest form, chocolate can lower blood pressure, help muscles recover from exercise, improve skin, and provide antioxidants.
History of Chocolate
Chocolate comes from the fermented, roasted, and ground beans of the cacao or cocoa tree. The word “Chocolate” comes form the Nahuatl language of the Aztecs. The Nawhalt word ‘xocolatl’ means bitter water. The pre-Columbian peoples of the Americans drank chocolate mixed with vanilla, chile pepper, and achiote. Europeans sweetened it by adding sugar and milk and removing the chile pepper. They later created a process to make solid chocolate creating the modern chocolate bar. Although cocoa is originally from the Americas, today Western Africa produces almost two-thirds of the world´s cocoa, with Côte d´Ivoire growing almost half of it. Today, it is one of the most popular and recognizable flavors in the world. There are many foods that contain chocolate such as chocolate bars, candy, ice cream, cookies, cakes, pies, chocolate mousse, and other desserts.
Christopher Columbus brought some cocoa beans to show Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, but it was Spanish friars who introduced it to Europe more broadly.
The first chocolate house opened in London in 1657. In 1689, noted physician and collector Hans Sloane developed a milk chocolate drink in Jamaica which was initially used by apothecaries, but later sold to the Cadbury brothers.
For hundreds of years, the chocolate making process remained unchanged. When the Industrial Revolution arrived, many changes occurred that brought the hard, sweet candy to life. In the 1700s, mechanical mills were created that squeezed out cocoa butter, which in turn helped to create hard, durable chocolate. But, it was not until the arrival of the Industrial Revolution that these mills were put to bigger use. Not long after the revolution cooled down, companies began advertising this new invention to sell many of the chocolate treats we see today. When new machines were produced, people began experiencing and consuming chocolate worldwide.
Check out these Maine locations to find great Maine Chocolate!!
Wilburs of Maine Chocolate Confections, may be a a great start. Wilburs in Freeport, offers tours of its factory every Tuesday and Thursday, as well as producing almost every kind of Chocolate imaginable, they also have a great selection of candy!!
Wilburs of Maine Chocolate Confections - Freeport, Brunswick
Divine Chocolate - Cape Neddick
Len Libby Chocolates - Scarborough
Havens - Wesbrook, Portland, Scarborough
Maine Munchies - Bar Harbor
Mountain View Chocolate Shoppe - Farmington
Labadie’s Bakery - Lewiston
Monicas Chocolates - Lubec
Maine Mud - Weld
Kennebec Hand Dipped Chocolates - Augusta, Waterville
Bayside Chocolates - Lubec
Maine Sweets - Georgetown
Deans’ Sweets Hand Made Truffles - Portland
Coastline Confections - Cumberland
Yummies - Kittery
Candy Garden of Maine - Saco
Old Port Candy Company - Portland
Harbor Candy - Ogunquit
Orne’s Candy Store - Boothbay
The Goldenrod - York
Bath Sweet Shoppe - Bath
Coastal Confections - Bar Harbor
Ben and Bills - Bar Harbor
Robins Chocolate Sauce - Fort Fairfield
Hungry Yankee Moose - Auburn
Wicked Whoopies - Farmington, Freeport
Cranberry Island Kitchen - Portland
Black Dinah Chocolatiers - Isle Au Haut
Katies on the Cove - Robbinston
Maine Wine Truffles - Lyman
Sweet Marguerites - S. Portland
Izzys Cheesecakes - Portland
Dickinsons Candy- Old Orchard Beach
Dont Miss the Annual Chocolate Lover Fling Next April
Maine Potato Candy Recipe
This candy starts with mashed potatoes and coconut, then they are dipped in chocolate. They are extremely easy to make. Take note that the mashed potatoes must be plain with nothing added.
- 4 cups confectioners’ sugar
- 4 cups flaked coconut
- 3/4 cup cold, plain potatoes, mashed (do not use leftover mashed potatoes made with milk or butter)
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound dark candy coating
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Line a 9-inch square pan with foil; butter the foil. Spread coconut mixture into pan. Cover and chill overnight.
Cut into 2 x 1-inch rectangles. Cover and freeze.
In a microwave or double boiler, melt candy coating and chocolate chips. Dip bars in melted coating and chocolate chips; place on waxed paper to harden. Store candy in an airtight container.
Yield: 2 pounds
Tell us where your favorite place is to buy Maine Chocolate or Candy!!