The history of chocolate
Chocolate has been a popular food and drink for thousands of years. its one of the most popular food ever: it was even included in British soldier’s rations during World War ||! You know that there are lots of different kinds of chocolate and that it can be eaten in lots of different ways. But do you know chocolate’s rich historical background? There’s a lot of learning!
Where Does Chocolate Come From?
Chocolate is made from the beans of the cacao tree, which is native to equatorial climates.
The beans are fermented, then dried, roasted and ground to make cocoa, the base of chocolate’s.
The first historical evidence of choco comes from Center America and South America, where the residue of a drink made from cacao beans has been found of a drink made from cacao beans that have been found and dated to as early as 1750BC!
Cacao beans were so important in the center and south American cultures that they were actually used as currency!
Explorers traveling in South America in the early 16th century were likely the first Europeans to encountered chocolate.
Choco was first imported to Europe by the Spanish, where it found favor (as a drink) with the European nobility, who added sugar to relieve the bitter flavor.
By the 17th century, choco was all the rage in European countries, but it wasn’t until the early 19th century that innovations in the production of cocoa made it possible to create something close to the cocoa we are used to today.
By the mid-19th century, will-know chocolatiers like Cadbury and Hershey were already mass-producing solid chocolates.
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