Among teaspoons and salad forks, a chocolate spoon was another necessity for a complete set of silverware in the 1890s. This spoon, made in New Jersey in 1898, was so loved by its Chicago owner that the handle was engraved with the initial “E”. Hot chocolate in its natural state will separate as it settles, with a fatty layer of cocoa butter rising to the top. For many consumers, a spoon like this became the norm for stirring a daily cup of cocoa. In the mid-1800s, the Dutch invented a way of processing chocolate that kept it from separating, which eventually became the standard.