Books

The History Of Chocolate. Then Things You Should Know

The History Of Chocolate. Then Things You Should Know
Isabel del Rio
The History Of Chocolate. Then Things You Should Know

Chocolate. Photo attribution Maliz ONG

The history of chocolate. Columbus encountered the cacao bean on his fourth mission to the Americas, on 15 August 1502. Before, nobody in Europe knew about chocolate. Today, ten things about its history.

1.- On the Pacific coast of Chiapas, Mexico, there is evidence of cacao beverages dating as early as 1900 BC.

2.- One vessel found on the Gulf Coast of Veracruz, Mexico, dates chocolate preparation by pre-Olmec people in 1750 BC.

3.- Also in current Mexico and by the 15th century, the Aztecs adopted cacao into their culture. They associated chocolate with god Quetzalcoatl, who was cast away by the other gods for sharing chocolate with humans.

4.- Thus, people who lived in areas ruled by the Aztecs were required to offer cacao seeds in payment of their taxes.

5.- Cocoa beans were often used as currency in ancient Mexico.

6.- Until the 16th century, no European had ever heard of the popular drink from the Central and South American people.

7.- Columbus took cacao beans with him back to Spain, but chocolate made no impact until Spanish friars introduced it to the Spanish court.

8.- There, chocolate quickly became a court favorite. It was still served as a beverage, but the Spanish added sugar, as well as honey, to neutralize its natural bitterness.

9.- By 1602, chocolate had made its way from Spain to Austria. Within about a hundred years, chocolate established a foothold throughout Europe.

10.- In 1847, Joseph Fry learned to make chocolate moldable by adding back melted cacao butter.

Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you. Spring is coming!

“One of my early childhood memories was my grandmother always having a bowl of Nestle chocolate bars at her house. My sister and I would argue over who could eat the chocolate bars. Looking back, I don’t know why we just didn’t share. We could have split them.” Carla Hall.

Click to add a comment

More in Books

Creatives working at The Phoenix Artist

Independent venue launches hub for London’s creative community

Yareah MagazineJuly 19, 2016
NOVEMBER B2 MIDNIGHT CLEAR IN KANSAS

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. A Midnight Clear in Kansas

Yareah MagazineJune 19, 2016
The Nantucket Book Festival

Book lovers. The Nantucket Book Festival features a stellar line-up of authors and events

Yareah MagazineMay 11, 2016
Ceramics by Sister Augustine

Author John Schlimm has won a Christopher Award for Five Years in Heaven

Yareah MagazineMay 5, 2016
Ken O'neill. Casino Woman in Red Throwing Dice

Sunday Poetry with Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: burn baby burn

Jenean C GilstrapApril 24, 2016
Lions painted in the Chauvet Cave. This is a replica of the painting from the Brno museum Anthropos. The absence of the mane sometimes leads to these paintings being described as portraits of lionesses. Source: Wikipedia. Author: HTO - Own work (own photo)

Sunday Poetry with Gypsy Woman, Jenean C. Gilstrap. Today: Home

Jenean C GilstrapApril 17, 2016

Yareah Magazine

Art is Everywhere and Up to You.

About Us - Press Kit - Contact Us

YM on Twitter

Top Posts & Pages

Yareah® Magazine is a Registered Trademark in the United States