The Aztecs and the Mayans were the first people groups to cultivate the cocoa bean and make chocolate. They would grind up the cocoa seeds and mix it with water to create a drink. They also used the beans it to make a porridge, and mixed it with various spices.
The Aztecs considered chocolate “food for the gods” and it was served to royal families in golden goblets. However, the Mayans believed chocolate was a gift from the cocoa god.
In the 1500’s, Cortez exported the cocoa bean to Europe. The Europeans began mixing it with sugar and the popularity of chocolate spread like wild fire.
I recommend you take a moment today and enjoy a heavily snack of chocolate. Don’t forget to truly savor the flavor and enjoy each moment.
(sources: www.chocolate-history.co.uk and http://www.exhibits.mannlib.cornell.edu)