Saturday, February 23, 2013

The History of Chocolate

The history of chocolate began in Mesoamerica. Chocolate can be traced back to pre-olmec people dating back to 1900BC. Chocolate played a special role in both Maya and Aztec royal and religious events. Europeans sweetened and lightened it by adding refined sugar and milk. For hundreds of years, the chocolate making process remained unchanged. When the Industrial Revolution arrived, many changes occurred that brought the hard, sweet candy to life. When the revolution cooled down, companies began advertising many of the chocolate treats seen today. People began consuming chocolate worldwide.

Where does chocolate come from?
Chocolate comes from cut ripe cacao bean pods from the cacao tree. They are split open, scraping out the pulp, and then ground into a powder after drying. 

- Cheryl

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