A brief history of Chocolate

A brief history of Chocolate

Posted by Kylie Suich

Traced to the ancient Mayans and before then to the ancient Olmecs of southern Mexico, it became extremely popular in Spain in the 1550’s and mass cacao plantations were then established. Today, chocolate brings up images of sweet bars and luscious truffles but throughout much of history, chocolate was a revered but bitter beverage, not a sweet, edible treat.

This concept of bitterness does linger for many today, thinking all dark chocolate is bitter.  I am hoping the dark chocolate you had today has proven this is not the case – it really does depend on the amount of cacoa solids (the %) in the chocolate you are eating, the flavours that have been added and the manufacturing process.

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