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A Brief History of Chocolate! February 25, 2009

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Chocolate has become one of the most recongizable and desirable desert around the world. But, not everyone knows the history behind this decidant food.

Today experts uses three terms when identifying chocolate. “Cacao” is the term when there is reference to the actual plant or bean. “cocoa” is used when talking about chocolate in the powdered form. And lastly products made from the bean are called “chocolate.”

The word chocolate is from the Aztec word “xocoatl” which is in reference to the bitter drink that came from the cacao beans. It’s crazy to believe that chocolate, the most desirable gift around Valentine’s Day, has been around for about 2,000 years. Though inot as similar to the Hershey products of today, the cacao bean was actually thought of as being magical to the Mayans and Aztecs. becuase of this it was used in many sacred rituals.

Once cocoa was discovered by the European, chocolate was considered a bitter drink. I know, this is so hard to believe!! But when the Eurpoeans discovered Americas they paired the chocolate with honey or sugar cane, making chocolate more desirable. Because it had become so popular, chocolate was often considered the a delicacy of only the rich. Until the invention of the steam engine, which helped int the mass production of my favorite sweet treat.

Chocolate beans and pod

Cacao plant and beans.

 

Sources
History of Chocolate. (n.d.). Smithsonian.com. Retrieved March 9, 2009, from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/brief-history-of