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What is Chocolate?

A dictionary answer is "processed ground and roasted cocoa beans". The Spanish learned about chocolate in South America and brought it to Europe in the sixteenth century.

 

Chocolate Biscuits

 

 

 

cocoa pods

Cacao tree detail, ninth century Mayan mural, Cacaxtla, Mexico

cocoa beans

 

 

 

 

At that time it was simply a bitter, spicy drink. The Spanish added sugar cane, then chemists got involved, grinding, processing, stirring the crushed beans while adding milk and more cocoa butter to give the solid chocolate we know so well.

 

 

 

 

Theobroma - "food of the gods."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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