Where does Chocolate come from?
From Latin America to the modern day, chocolate has come a long way to get to you. Intrigued? From where did chocolate originated to how it became the Magnum we enjoy today, join us for a journey through the fascinating history of chocolate, the world’s favorite sweet treat.
It’s thought the Olmecs used cacao to create a ceremonial drink. However, since they kept no written history, opinions differ on if they used cacoa beans in their concoctions or just the pulp of the cacao pod.
Who Invented Chocolate?
Chocolate’s 4,000-year history began in ancient Mesoamerica, present day Mexico. It’s here that the first cacao plants were found. The Olmec, one of the earliest civilizations in Latin America, were the first to turn the cacao plant into chocolate. They drank their chocolate during rituals and used it as medicine.
Centuries later, the Mayans praised chocolate as the drink of the gods. Mayan chocolate was a revered brew made of roasted and ground cacao seeds mixed with chillies, water and cornmeal. Mayans poured this mixture from one pot to another, creating a thick foamy beverage called ‘xocalatl’, meaning “bitter water”.
By the 15th century, the Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency. They believed that chocolate was a gift from the god Quetzalcoatl, and drank it as a refreshing beverage, an aphrodisiac, and even to prepare for war.
By:Janelle Aba Amoaning (Class 6Syd)