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History of Chocolate

The fascinating history of chocolate

The word for “chocolate” in almost every language comes from its name in the Nahuatl language of Mexico, chocolatl and therefore gives us a clue to its origins and history.

It’s about two thousand years since the cacao tree was first found to be useful for making a drink.  Early Central Americans and Mexicans used the cacao seeds to make a drink that was bitter and it was only those who were deemed important enough that were allowed to drink it

The Spanish explorers brought chocolate back to Europe.  Later on, this drink was made sweeter to become the more familiar product that we now know as hot chocolate.  Later chocolate was sweetened and made into confectionery.   At first, only the rich could afford chocolate but of course it is a product enjoyed by all throughout the world.

Cacao trees now grow in the tropics in many partof the world, and most cocoa today is made in Africa.

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