Chocolate: The OriginThe cacao tree is where chocolate is extracted and processed from. It is believed that the ancient Mayan civilization was the first people to grow cacao trees and drink chocolate from it, and later the Aztecs got it. The word "Chocolate" comes from the Aztec word "xacoalt" which refers to a bitter, spicy drink that the Aztecs made from the cacao tree, and the scientific name, Theobroma cacao means "Food of the Gods." Chocolate drink was so popular and loved, that the Aztec emperor Montezuma II drank over 50 cups of chocolate A DAY! In fact, chocolate has been used as a drink and not a solid food item for most of its history.
Chocolate: The Journey7 July, 2017 marks 467 years since chocolate was first introduced in Europe, and the first Chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry. Cacao seeds were also a form of currency during the reign of the Aztec emperor in Mesoamerica, and chocolate was also a payment made to soldiers during the Revolutionary War. A long history linked to chocolate reveals that a wide range of substances were mixed with chocolate which also included dinosaur fossils during the pre-Columbia era!
Nazis were believed to plot the assassination of Winston Churchill using exploding chocolate bars. Another interesting fact is that in the famous American movie "Psycho", chocolate syrup was used as blood!
Chocolate: The ScienceThe scientific studies done on chocolate and their implications have been particularly intriguing. Chocolate has over 600 flavor compounds, whereas red wine only has 200. Chocolate is said to give you a more intense mental high and gets your heart racing than kissing! Chocolate milk is also considered to be an effective post-workout recovery drink. A 2004 study based in London found that 70% of the people would reveal their password in exchange for a chocolate bar. There is a little caffeine in chocolate, but Dark Chocolate can have as much caffeine as a bottle of Coca-Cola!
List of Some interesting Indian Chocolate Flavours you did not know existed:
- Dark Chocolate with Black Pepper & Mango
- Dark Chocolate with Guntur Chilli
- Dark Chocolate with Himalayan Rock Salt
- Orange Basil & Pepper Dark Chocolate
- Indian Paan Dark Chocolate
- Lavender Dark Chocolate
Chocolate has been present in human history for over 3000 years and has played a significant role in different cultures through time. Hence, all these facts point to the importance for a "World Chocolate Day", and thankfully we already have it! So indulge in the transcendence of chocolate this World Chocolate Day on 7 July, 2017!