Many people use Valentine’s Day as an excuse to eat chocolate. But in the 1700’s, New Englanders didn’t need an excuse. Chocolate was a nutritional staple, served only as a breakfast drink. A 4 ounce glass provided 200 calories; half from cocoa butter. Field workers began their day with a cup. It was fed as a dietary supplement to the sick and weak. WFCR’s Jill Kaufman recently had a taste of this colonial hot chocolate. She met up with Amanda Lange and Clare Carlson at Historic Deerfield.