The History of Chocolate

Just the word is nice to say; C..H..O..C.O..L…A.T.E…….it rolls of your tongue indulgently, but what actually is it and why is it good for you?

CHOCOLATE – THEOBROMA CACAO is made from the cacao bean. This is inside a pod which believe it or not grows on trees. The beans are sorted and then crushed in a mill, next they are roasted which and mixed with liquid coca mass ( the white bit that surrounds the cacao beans) this silky liquid is sweetened and turns into to that delicious goo we call chocolate.

Chocolates dark past…

Chocolate is known the world-over as the ‘feel-good’ food, a therapeutic and ancient whole food and an indulgent treat. But what are the true origins of this culinary versatile delight? For sure it’s been around for centuries but it’s come a long way from the chocolate we see on our shelves today.

 

The history of chocolate chequered past starts in the new world .It’s known that the Aztecs and Mayans created a drink made from the beans of the cacao tree. They called the beverage cocoatl. In 1528, the conquering Spanish brought the concoction known as chocolate (cho-co-LAH-tay) back to Spain. In 1615, chocolat (sho-co-LAH) debuted at a royal wedding in France. From there, it made its way to England in 1662 as chocolata. The first chocolate house was opened in London in 1657. Chocolate cost 10-15 shillings per pound and was considered a beverage for the elite class.

Chocolate is said by some to be a super-food!

This humble cacao been that is the origin of what we know as chocolate is grown in Ecuador, Brazil, Mexico Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and The West African countries of cote de ivory and Ghana. All of these cultures a have been using chocolate for medicinal means for a long while like moisturizing skin with cacao butter cream,

Chocolate contains powerful antioxidants called flavinoids, as well as some magnesium. These nutrients may help lower blood pressure and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. So chocolate is what Nutritionist call a super-food. Read more