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Chocolate History

Chocolate has a rich history, originating in the tropics of Central and South America, beginning with the ancient civilization of the Aztecs who planted the cocoa tree, where the beans were highly valued and even used as currency.

It is said that 30 cocoa beans can buy a rabbit, and 100 cocoa beans can buy a slave. According to legend, the Aztec king Montezuma II drank 50 cups of chocolate drinks a day, mainly because of the efficacy and Refreshing effect.


Its scientific name means "drink of the gods" and is also known as a bitter frothy drink. Flavored with spices and chilli and served as a drink, it is sought after for its energy-providing properties.

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On his third voyage to the New World, Columbus saw cocoa beans in a captured canoe, but it didn't catch his attention.

It wasn't until 1519 when the Spaniard Hernán Cortés arrived in America that he brought cocoa seeds back to Europe. Over time, water and sugar were added to the cocoa, the original form of chocolate, which was flavored to make it more palatable.

Due to the difficult production process and limited output, the original chocolate was so expensive that only the royal family and the elite could drink it freely.

This hot and delicious drink quickly became a popular beverage among the Spanish aristocracy. With the increasing demand, the production of chocolate began to increase significantly, and its influence soon spread throughout Europe.

Today, chocolate has evolved into a variety of forms, from chocolate bars to hot cocoa drinks, and is clearly one of the most popular foods in the world.

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