ABOUT CHOCOLATE...

THE ANCIENT LAND OF CHOCOLATE

The origin of chocolate is a mysterious land of the Olmecs and Mayas, which extended south from today’s Mexico up to the coast of Guatemala on the Pacific Ocean. The members of those ancient civilizations believed that cacao tree belonged to gods, and that its fruits are a gift from gods to humans. For this reason, much later, the Swedish botanist Lineus gave the name to cacao tree, the Theobroma cacao (Theos - God, broma - drink; ancient Greek).

THE FIRST CHOCOLATE BEVERAGES

The first chocolate beverages prepared by Mayans and Aztecs were bitter, greasy and cold. The potion was got by grinding the dried cocoa beans, after which the obtained mixture was placed in pots of gourd and spilled over with water. For Mayans and Aztecs, the foam was the tastiest part of that beverage. Mayans were getting foam so as to lift up a pot with cocoa and sift it into another pot.

THE AZTEC'S SOURCE OF ENERGY AND WISDOM

Around year 900 AD, the Mayans mysteriously disappeared, and their territory was inhabited by the Aztecs, for whom chocolate became a source of wisdom, strength and energy. The price of cocoa was extremely high, for hundred beans one could buy a slave, for four beans a rabbit and for ten one was able to get the services of a prostitute. The chocolate was given to soldiers during war expeditions, and for traveling needs, it was compressed in the appropriate pastilles.