Hello! Today I will be blogging about chocolate. Chocolate is a delicious candy made from cacao beans. There are many popular companies that manufacture chocolate, such as Hershey’s, Cadbury, and Nestle.
Chocolate was first started 4,000 years ago, in ancient Mesoamerica, or modern-day Mexico. This was where the first cacao trees were planted. The Olmec, an early Latin American civilization, drank chocolate during rituals, and as medicine. Centuries later, the Mayans praised chocolate as the ‘drink of the gods’. The brew was made of cornmeal, chilies, water, and ground and roasted cocoa beans. It was called ‘xocolatl’, or ‘bitter water’. In the 15th century, the Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency. They believed chocolate was a gift from one of their gods. They drank it as a refreshing drink, and while preparing for war. According to legend, Hernan Cortes went on an expedition to the Americas in 1528, searching for gold and silver, and instead finding a cup of cocoa served to him by the Aztec emperor. When Cortes brought this drink back to his homeland in Spain, they adopted the drink and the plant, and sweetened the beverage with sugar and honey. The Spanish kept their knowledge of chocolate mum for nearly a century. When King Louis XIII of France married Anne of Austria, Anne brought samples of chocolate as a gift. Soon, chocolate spread through Europe, and cocoa plants spread through Europe. In 1828, the invention of the chocolate press was made, which squeezed cocoa butter from cacao beans, leaving a powder behind. This cocoa powder was then mixed with liquids, poured into a mold, and solidified into the chocolate we know today.
History from Chocolate.org
There are endless flavours of chocolate, some of the popular ones being caramel, cookies & cream, and nougat. I enjoy Hershey’s Skor bars the best, as the sweet butter toffee and milk chocolate create a wonderful, crunchy mix. However, I also enjoy Mars bars, and Kit Kat bars, as well. There is a flavour of chocolate for everyone.
I like eating chocolate because it acts as a de-stressor for me. Whenever I have a lot going on, I eat a small square of chocolate and it perks me up again. Sometimes I enjoy a mug of hot chocolate on a chilly day. An easy recipe for hot chocolate is:
- A mug of hot water
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- 1 teaspoon cocoa
Just mix these ingredients for a delicious drink!
- Chocolate makers use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.
- Chocolate milk was invented in Jamaica.
- The biggest chocolate seller in the world is Brussels Airport, which sells over 800 tons of chocolate each year.
What is your favourite chocolate bar?
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