For The Love Of Chocolate

For so many people the sight of chocolate is the one thing that makes eyes open wide and taste buds tingle. From that deliciously indulgent hot chocolate topped with melting marshmallows to the cake dripping in hot chocolate source, chocolate goes all out to impress. Every time. But this hasn’t always been the case. So, where did chocolate come from?

Chocolate can actually be traced back to the ancient Mayans who not only consumed chocolate but actually nicknamed it the ‘Food of the Gods’. Back in those days chocolate was consumed in the form of a thick, frothy and very bitter drink rather than the sweet, solid bars we all know and love. This pure form of chocolate is known as Cacao and comes directly from the cacao plant.

In 1847, British chocolatier J.S. Fry and Sons created the first chocolate bar molded from a paste made of sugar, chocolate liquor and cocoa butter. In 1876 Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter added milk powder to create milk chocolate. But it wasn’t until several years later when he partnered with his friend Henri Nestle, that milk chocolate as we know it was brought to the masses. And the rest is history!

Thanks to those guys for doing the hard work so we can sit back, relax and read this with a cuppa and a big slice of rich chocolate brownie!