I Love chocolate! This can be a simple sentence this can be an expression, this can be your obsession too. But for me chocolate is a love, chocolate is a medicine, chocolate is pain killer, chocolate makes me smile of course when it is my favourite flavour.
Today when I was eating chocolate all of a sudden a thought came in my mind why people love chocolate on which era it was discovered, when the name formed as a chocolate, I asked so many people the same question but I didn’t have the appropriate answer. And I was very shocked that nobody knows the history of chocolate who invented who developed in which country it was discovered nobody know this thing.
But although we love chocolates, it can easily be found in any of the stores, and it has also became the basic necessity for the people. Whenever we need to show our affection (especially kids or Girlfriend) we gift them chocolate just to make them happy and in certain point it really works. Whenever we have to persuade someone we give them chocolate. Despite those entire things still we are not aware of the history of the Chocolates.
From the childhood we have always learned about telephone is discovered by this person Neel Armstrong was the person to reach in the moon, this particular device was invented in this country Bla Bla Bla!But nobody taught us about the history of Chocolates.
Anyways what has happen it was just a past we cannot blame anyone for this, but actually what I feel is that the fault was on us only we never bothered ourselves to know about the history of the chocolate, as I never heard in my entire life that a kid is asking to his/her parents/grand parents/or neighbor/teacher that what is the history of the chocolate who invented this where it was found in fact why to look at the other kids, I never asked even I was never been bothered to know so.
But today a very beautiful idioms in Hindi is coming in my mind which I want to share we must have heard the term “Jab Jaago tabhi Savera”so without any delaying I want to share few of the very useful points about the history of the Chocolates.
The history of chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 1900 BC. The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl(God of wind & wisdom) and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter, frothy liquid, mixed with spices, wine, or corn puree. It was believed to have aphrodisiac powers and to give the drinker strength. Today, such drinks are also known as “Chilate” and are made by locals in the South of Mexico.
After its arrival to Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and then among the common people.
In the 20th century, chocolate was considered a staple (which is eaten routinely) essential in the rations of United States soldiers at war.
The word “chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word chocolātl, and entered the English language from the Spanish language.
Until the 16th century, the drink from the central and South American peoples was unknown to be known as Europeans.
- Christopher Columbusen countered the cacao bean on his fourth mission to the Americas when he and his crew seized a large native canoe that proved to contain among other but it made no impact until Spanish friars introduced chocolate to the Spanish court.
- Spanish conquistador hernan may have been the first European to encounter
- Spanish conquest of the Aztecs, chocolate was imported to Europe. There, it quickly became a court favourite. It was still served as a beverage, but the Spanish added sugar or honey to counteract the natural bitterness.
- Within about a hundred years, chocolate established a foothold throughout Europe.
- How the word “chocolate” came into Spanish is not certain. The authority on the Spanish language, the Royal Spanish Academy derives it from the Nahuatl word “xocolatl” made up from the words “xococ” meaning sour or
The new craze for chocolate brought with it a thriving slave market, as between the early 17th and late 19th centuries the laborious and slow processing of the cacao bean was manual. Cacao plantations spread, as the English, Dutch, and French colonized and planted.
New processes that speed the production of chocolate emerged early in the Industrial Revolution. In 1815, n 1879, the texture and taste of chocolate was further improved when Rodolphe Lindt invented the conching machine.
Lindt & Sprüngli AG, a Swiss-based concern with global reach, had its start in 1845 as the Sprüngli family confectionery shop in Zurich that added a solid-chocolate factory the same year the process for making solid chocolate was developed and later bought Lindt’s factory. Besides
- Nestle, several chocolate companies had their start in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
- Cadburywas manufacturing boxed chocolates in England by 1868.
- In 1893, Milton S. Hershey purchased chocolate processing equipment at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago and soon began the career of “Hershey‘s chocolates “with chocolate-coated caramels.
Now as we all aware of the Modern usage of Chocolate, I would say where it is not used, now a day’s chocolate has became the most essential part of our life, we are happy we eat chocolates we are sad we eat chocolate, now chocolate has became compulsion in our life.
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