7th of July is observed as World Chocolate Day around the world. It is believed that the Olmec civilization (first major Mesoamerica civilization in Mexico) was among the first to cultivate Cacao beans around 1750 BC. The Mayans called cocoa, a bitter drink the “food of the gods.”
“For the Mayans and Aztecs, chocolate was very much a life force. They saw it as we saw blood, contributing to and being essential to life,” Rabbi Prinz said.
The word ‘chocolate’ has come from the Mayan word ‘Xocolatl’ ( sho-KWA-til ) which means ‘bitter water.’ The Mayans were forced to pay taxes to the Aztecs after the latter conquered. These taxes were called ‘tributes’, and were in the form of cocoa beans, as the Aztecs were unable to grow their own.
How to make Mayan chocolate (Xocolatl):
1. Remove beans from cocoa pods.
2. Ferment and dry them.
3. Roast them on a griddle until done.
4. Remove the shells and grind the seeds into a fine paste.
5. Mix paste with water, chili peppers, and cornmeal.
6. Pour the resulting concoction back and forth from pot to cup until frothy foam develops on top.
7. Serve with pride in finely decorated earthenware cups.
There are many recipes around the world. You may enjoy the following recipe as well:
Do leave your comments below after trying this recipe!
Cocoa was highly valued for its healing and medicinal properties. Cocoa was sacred, kings and Mayan gods drank it as per the artifacts. Chocolate is made from the beans of cacao pods from the Theobroma cacao tree (actually native to South America). It is actually bitter in taste but after Spanish conquest there was addition of sugar and honey to it which made it extremely popular.
High cocoa content makes dark chocolate nutritious, it has more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than any other fruits tested, which included blueberries and acai berries.
- Helps heart health
- Improves mood
- Protect brain from aging – cocoa contains stimulant substances like caffeine and Theobromine
- Good for skin – If you’re planning a beach vacation, consider loading up on dark chocolate in the prior weeks and months.
This World Chocolate Day, how are you celebrating it? Exchanging chocolates or by making some at home? Do let us know in the comment section below. Gift some chocolates online for your loved ones.
Chocolate Brands that you must try
There are various brands across the world, it is so difficult to try them all but we can certainly try some brands, brands which if skipped would be a sin and we don’t want that, do we?
This Swiss brand is one of the best things that could happen to the world. It offers a great variety and flavors. It has it’s flagship store in Paris and you can also find some great recipes on it’s website for amazing beverages like hot chocolate.
This Belgium brand is famous across the globe. It invented the Praline and ever since they never stopped.
This brand is owned by American chocolate maker which is jointly owned by Turkish conglomerate Yıldız Holding and MBK Partners.
Unlike the above brands, this Kiwi brand is only available in a few countries. Don’t miss out on any flavour when you get a chance.
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