If it were up to us, chocolate would go down as one of the greatest discoveries in history. The world is obsessed with the stuff, and so are we! What would life be like without it? Less sweet and satisfying to be sure.
Here are a few little-known facts about the history of chocolate that you can ponder over as you enjoy your next chocolaty snack.
1. The ancient Aztec emperor, Montezuma, is credited with introducing chocolate to the civilized world. He shared it with the Spanish conquistador, Cortez, in the 16th century, and Cortez in turn shared it with the king of Spain.
2. Chocolate began as a drink. It was first made by grinding roasted cacao beans and adding water and spices. Emperor Montezuma was said to drink 50 goblets of the beverage every day, thus becoming the first chocoholic.
3. After Cortez brought chocolate back to Spain it became the drink of royalty. Now, however, the average person consumes about 12 pounds of chocolate a year.
4. A Dutch chocolate maker named Coenraad Johannes van Houten invented the chocolate press in 1828. His machine changed the world forever by making it possible to control the consistency of chocolate and to mold it into solid bars and other shapes.
5. The internet is conflicted when it comes to naming an actual National Chocolate Day. Some claim it is July 7th (which sounds like a melting, sticking mess), while other sources state that October 28th. Either way, we believe that it can and should be celebrated every single day. There is always an occasion for a chocolate treat!
At Sweet Day Gourmet, we use only superior cocoa and chocolate in our mixes. We believe that quality and simplicity can go hand-in-hand. Try one of our Devil's Food Cupcake Mixes, Brownie, or Chocolate Cookie Mixes today and satisfy your chocolate craving!