Chocolate, Coffee, Men – Some things are better RICH
Hello Readers and Fans:
this sign years ago as an inspiration piece for a future novel. It hung
on the patio wall for a while. In an effort to bring you topics that
are not stereotype, I held a coffee mug in my hand, and lo and behold,
there was the sign. So, thought you might appreciate my research on
do feature the hot chocolate beverage in my books since it was the
elite who served it to their family and guests, and the fad became
popular among aristocrats.
history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made
from chocolate date back to 1900 BC. It came from the Latin name for the
cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, which means “food of the gods.”
The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the
god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used
as a form of currency. Some enterprising Aztecs actually made
counterfeit cocoa beans.
Cocoa bean exchange rate: 1 bean = 1 tamale 4 beans=1 pumpkin 10 beans =1 rabbit 10 beans =1 lady to stay overnight! 100 beans =A good turkey hen (Interesting to note a woman had less value.)
Secrets of Aztec Dating KingMontezuma,
the Aztec king, drank 50 cups of cocoa a day, and an extra one when he
was going to meet a lady friend. Because of its stimulating effects,
Aztec women were forbidden to drink it.
Unlike the Mayans, drinking cocoa was a luxury that few Aztecs could
afford. Aztecs believed that wisdom and power came from eating the fruit
of the cocoa tree. The drink was so precious that it was served in
golden goblets that were thrown away after just one use!
When we hear the word chocolate, we visualize a bar, a box of bon bons,
or a bunny. The verb that comes to mind is “eat” and not “drink”. In
Regency times, it was a highly coveted hot drink and not necessarily
sweet. For about 90 percent of chocolate’s long history, it was strictly
a beverage, and sugar didn’t have anything to do with it.
Mayan Civilization The
Mayans of Central America are believed to be the first to discover
cocoa as early as 900 AD. (Note: The Aztecs claim it goes back to 1900
BC.) The Mayans learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be
harvested and made into a liquid that would become a treasured Mayan
was often consumed during religious ceremonies and marriage
celebrations. All Mayans could enjoy cocoa, regardless of their social
Both the Mayans and Aztecs believed the cacao bean had magical, or even
divine, properties, suitable for use in the most sacred rituals of
birth, marriage and death. According to Chloe Doutre-Roussel’s book The Chocolate Connoisseur,
Aztec sacrifice victims who felt too melancholy to join in ritual
dancing before their death were often given a gourd of chocolate (tinged
with the blood of previous victims) to cheer them up!
In 1657, way before the French Revolution, the first chocolate house was opened in London by a Frenchman.
By the 17th
Century, chocolate was a fashionable drink throughout Europe, believed
to have nutritious, medicinal and even aphrodisiac properties. It’s
rumored that Casanova was especially fond of the beverage. But it
remained largely a privilege of the rich until the invention of the
steam engine made mass production possible in the late 1700s.
1828, a Dutch chemist found a way to make powdered chocolate by
removing about half the natural fat (cacao butter) from chocolate
liquor, pulverizing what remained, and treating the mixture with
alkaline salts to cut the bitter taste. His product became known as
“Dutch cocoa,” and it soon led to the creation of solid chocolate.
1868, a little company called Cadbury was marketing boxes of chocolate
candies in England. Milk chocolate hit the market a few years later,
pioneered by another name that may ring a bell- Nestle.
you know that in America, chocolate was so valued during the
Revolutionary War that it was included in soldiers’ rations and used in
lieu of wages? While most of us probably wouldn’t settle for a chocolate
paycheck these days, statistics show that the humble cacao bean is
still a powerful economic force. Chocolate manufacturing is a more than
4-billion dollar industry in the United States, and the average American
eats at least half a pound of the treat per month. So the next time you taste a fine chocolate, give a thought for the science and art that went into the creation of it.
Facts were compiled from the Smithsonian, Wickipedia, Godiva, The True
History of Chocolate, Sophie D. Coe/Michael D. Coe, The Chocolate
Connoisseur by Chloe Doutre-Roussel, and various other documents.
P.S. You might ask why I use the term UnapologeticStory
Teller. In some venues, Story Tellers are not considered, for lack of a
better word, legitimate authors. I believe in Fairy Tales, so you may
think of me as a rebel author with a cause--and that is, I read and
write all genres of romance. ♥
Here’s a virtual cup of hot chocolate to all romance readers everywhere. Ciao.
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