Let's talk Chocolate
A brief history of the chocolate
Chocolate is considered the ultimate treat for adults and kids. Nowadays, it exists for every taste and in every form.
Its creation dates back to the time of the ancient Mayans in Mexico. At that time, chocolate was a bitter beverage, not as sweet as the treat that we know today. It was used as a ceremonial beverage.
According to Smithsonian magazine: ‘Etymologists trace the origin of the word "chocolate" to the Aztec word "xocoatl," which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans.’ The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods."
We can not speak about Chocolate without the movie "Chocolat" with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. If you love chocolate, this movie will be the perfect way to awaken the passion ;-)
“- Vianne Rocher: These are for your husband. Unrefined cacao nips from Guatemala, to awaken the passions.
- Yvette Marceau: Psshh. You've obviously never met my husband.
- Vianne Rocher: Well, you've obviously never tried these.”
JULIETTE BINOCHE - Vianne Rocher
ÉLISABETH COMMELIN - Yvette Marceau
The chocolate is made of the fruit of cacao trees from Central and South America. Each fruit called pods contains around 40 cacao beans. Those beans are dried and roasted.
The chocolate arrived in Europe during the 15 century. The taste was too bitter for the Europeans palates. They made their own varieties of hot chocolate and added cane sugar, cinnamon and other flavourings.
In 1879, Swiss chocolatier, Rudolf Lindt, invented the conch machine used to aerated chocolate. This will bring a smooth consistency.
In the late 19th century, Cadbury, Mars, Nestle and Hershey were mass-producing a variety of chocolate confections, to respond to the high demand of the public.
Nowadays, modern chocolate is highly-refined and mass-produced. Although it is still possible to find some pure chocolate created by a chocolatier. Chocolate can be found as a beverage, a confection or in desserts and baked goods.
Chocolate contains a large number of calories. But thanks god, it is also good for our health. Chocolate contains high levels of antioxidants. Some studies suggested that it could lower cholesterol and prevent memory decline.
So let’s indulge in Chocolate ;-) and Happy Easter Egg Hunting!