Daily Archives: March 29, 2014

Chocolate, Cacao or Cocoa Beans




One of my guilty pleasures is to eat and drink chocolate. Unfortunately, today’s chocolate is highly refined and processed and comes in all kinds of variations. Chocolate is best known as Cacao or Cocoa beans. Here is a brief history of chocolate.

1500 BC – 400 BC, The Olmec Indians of the West Indies or South America were the first to grow and cultivate Cocoa beans.
600 AD the Mayans Society of South America drank an unsweetened chocolate beverage from ground Cocoa beans.
By the 14th Century, the drink became popular amongst the Aztecs of South America’s upper class, who took the beverage from the Mayans. The Aztecs were the first to tax Cocoa beans. The Aztecs called the beverage “Xocalati” meaning a warm or bitter liquid.
Chocolate came on the scene when the Europeans discovered the Americas. Soon after, Columbus and Spanish Explorer Hernando Cortez encountered and recorded the…

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