Who would have ever thought that the bitter tasting juice of the cacao nut would become one of the most sought after treats in the world? Of course it had its place in the ancient world. Both the Mayans and the Aztecs equated it with their own goddesses of fertility. Was that why Montezuma is supposed to have drunk fifty goblets of the stuff everyday? However, how they ate or drank it remains a bit of a mystery. Researchers feel that they probably brewed it into an alcoholic beverage and that’s the way they liked it.
Much later, closer to our age, chocolate was used in many parts of the world to fight tiredness and as a kind of cure for diarrhea. However, chocolate grew to be too tasty a food to be used merely for its health giving properties. It is rumored to be an aphrodisiac which is why it is so much a part of the love game amongst couples. What would Valentine’s Day be without chocolates?
When Lindt, a confectioner first added cocoa butter to chocolate and gave it that melt in the mouth quality, it was the first step on the road to chocolate heaven and the civilized world has never looked back.
Today, we’ve grown up in a generation where if you think chocolate, you think yummy. There’s hardly anyone who does not like chocolate. It is more or less a universal favorite, being enjoyed in whatever form – solid or liquid, anytime, anywhere.