There is something about CHOCOLATE – from childhood memories of warm hot chocolate comforting us, to chocolate used in smores made with family and friends at a campfire celebration, to the taste of your favorite kind of chocolate – it is a sweet flavor that pacts a lot of special comforting memories into every bite!
A Little Chocolate History – Wikipedia
The history of chocolate began in Mesoamerica. Chocolate, the fermented, roasted, and ground beans of the Theobroma cacao, can be traced to the Mokaya and other pre-Olmecpeople, with evidence of cacao beverages dating back to 1900 BC.
Chocolate played a special role in both Maya and Aztec royal and religious events. Priestspresented cacao seeds as offerings to the gods and served chocolate drinks during sacred ceremonies. All of the areas that were conquered by the Aztecs that grew cacao beans were ordered to pay them as a tax, or as the Aztecs called it, a “tribute”.
The Europeans sweetened and lightened it by adding refined sugar and milk, ingredients the people in Mesoamerica did not use. By contrast, Europeans never infused it into their general diet, but compartmentalized its use to sweets and desserts. In the 19th century, Briton John Cadbury developed an emulsification process to make solid chocolate, creating the modern chocolate bar.
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