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Chocolate Pecan Pie With a History!

Aug 29, 2008
Pie with History

Chocolate has to be one of the most beloved flavors in the world. Do you know that over 600,000 tons of chocolate are consumed all over the world each year? Or that 90% of Americans have chocolate most every day of their life and that the average person eats 11.5 pounds of chocolate in one year? Wow, that is a lot of chocolate... But it is with good reason, chocolate is so very versatile where in a drink, dessert, or candy. Chocolate pecan pie is just one of the scores upon scores of desserts featuring chocolate. Chocolate pecan pie is rich in history and tradition.
Chocolate has origins dating back to the Aztec Indians and beyond. Reportedly Emperor Montezuma drank upwards to fifty cups of his dark bitter chocolate brew every day. He served it in golden goblets, saying it was a drink for the gods. The Spaniard explorers did not care for the bitter drink and upon taking the cocoa beans back to Europe, added cane sugar and a few spices such as vanilla and cinnamon and served the drink hot. This was just the beginning...

Spiced Hot Chocolate Mug

1 Cup Milk
1 /4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (1 ounce) square semi-sweet baking chocolate. Finely chopped
2 chocolate sand which cookies.

Mix milk and cinnamon in saucepan. Bring just to boil on medium-high heat. Add chocolate; beat with wire whisk until chocolate is completely melted and milk is slightly frothy. Serve hot with the cookies... or chocolate pecan pie.

The Spanish kept their chocolate a secret until the monks charged with growing the cocoa beans let it out... chocolate then began to spread throughout all of Europe. That's when it underwent many transformations to become the chocolate we know and love today. An English company created "eating chocolate" in 1847 which was a fondant velvety version that replaced the grainer chocolate that had dominated Europe. Once people started Then in 1879, a gentleman from Switzerland, Daniel Peter, devised a way to add milk to the chocolate - creating the milk chocolate we love today. And I'm so very glad he did! America's love of chocolate began back with the colonies when the first chocolate factory was introduced in 1765. Over the years it became such a staple that during WWII the army rations included chocolate bars. The soldiers loved that little burst of energy it gave them and let them keep on going.

Now when you know that when you bite into a chocolate pecan pie you are biting into scores of history and tradition. Pecan pies have been a southern tradition for years and chocolate is a world wide favorite... why not blend the two together.

Chocolate Pecan Delight

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
1 cup finely chopped pecans
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
1 cup confectioners' sugar
3 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
1 (3.9 ounce) package instant chocolate pudding mix
3 cups milk
2 tablespoons chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender or two knives, until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in pecans, press into bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish and bake 15 minutes, or until golden. Cool completely. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and 1 cup whipped topping with electric mixer until smooth. In a separate bowl, whisk together chocolate pudding mix, vanilla pudding mix and milk until there are no lumps. Combine cream cheese mixture and milk mixture and stir until smooth. Pour onto cooled crust. Spread remaining 2 cups of whipped topping on top of pudding mixture. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of chopped nuts over all. Chill in refrigerator until serving.
About the Author
Tanner's Pecan is owned and operated by Danny Fox and Michelle Parks and offers great chocolate pecan pies. Visit Tanner's Pecans today for the best selection of Chocolate Pecan Pie and Pecans.
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