The first civilization to cultivate the cacao tree was the Olmecs, three thousand years ago.
The Mayans, who came along centuries later, called the cacao tree simply “tree”, just as “cake” means “chocolate cake” to me.
Next, the Toltecs believed their king to be the god of air, whose mission it was to bring cacao seeds from the gods to Man.
The Conquistadors didn’t care for chocolate at first, since the Aztecs drank it bitter, greasy, black and full of bits of grit and hull. Sometimes chili powder was included, and sometimes maize. It wasn’t until 1522 that sugar and sweet spices were added, to please the Spanish palate.
Department of Nothing New Under the Sun: Aztec warriors carried energy-boosting chocolate compressed into tablets or wafers. Yeah, Willy Wonka–tell Mr. Montezuma all about your golden tickets.
And now comes me, who counts an empty calorie wasted if there’s no chocolate in it.
But what’s my favorite? Maybe a top five list is more appropriate. Therefore, in no particular order:
- Ferrero Rocher‘s hazelnut chocolates, which Mom keeps for me as a treat
- Dove‘s Dark Chocolate Promises, which I keep in the freezer and don’t chew, but let melt slowly…slowly….
- Lindt‘s Excellent Orange Intense, with bits of almond and candied orange peel
- Denali Moose Tracks ice cream, with miniature peanut butter cups and swirls of fudge
- anything else with chocolate in it
Let’s see … Yep. I think that just about covers it.
Come back a later today for a guest post from a Hydra Blog Hopper. Meanwhile, I’ll be hopping over to visit Dianne Gardner. Please join me there, too.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: How does your main character feel about chocolate?