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This is a very early Caughley chocolate pot - a smaller version of a coffee pot - dating from c1773. The design on this chocolate pot is printed Stalked Apple, one of a range of printed and painted Apple designs. Chocolate had been introduced into Britain from the New World in 1656 (tea was introduced in about 1658). A hot chocolate drink was an expensive and fashionable luxury and was believed to be healthy and nourishing. Vanilla, spices and sugar were added to sweeten the taste. It was even marketed as an aphrodisiac! Chocolate later became accessible to more people as prices fell.

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