Saturday, July 26, 2014

The History of Chocolate

You learn the most interesting things on the Web. For me, it's the history of chocolate. OK, what else would it be considering I'm a major chocoholic. It also turns out, I'm a bit of a history buff, too. So lisadh's page, Who Invented Chocolate: The Sweet History of Chocolate was a treat for me.

The Cacao Bean


In case you don't know, chocolate is made from grinding cacao beans into a fine powder. Then that powder is mixed with liquid. Anything from oils to heavy creams will create the various types of chocolate. The more ground cacao bean in the mix, the darker the chocolate.

The cacao bean grows on a bush similar to the coffee bean. So I guess the question should be who discovered that grinding these beans will make something different? And lisadh tells us.

Thank You Christopher Columbus


More that I learned from Who Invented Chocolate was that we have lots to thank Christopher
Columbus for, including introducing the cacao bean to Europe. He brought the bean to Spain where the powder was used to make chocolate drinks.

Of course, that are many other people who had their hand in developing the confection that we now enjoy. Lisadh gives us a good overview of the various names that are credited with these developments.

Fun Chocolate Trivia Facts


Besides the amazing history of chocolate, lisadh also gives us some fun trivia facts. If you are a trivia fan, these are for you. My favorite is the last one. In the movie "Psycho" chocolate syrup was used as the blood in the famous shower scene. Can't you just imagine how great that set smelled? Yum.

Along with Who Invented Chocolate, you can find plenty of pages loaded with great trivia facts. I include lots of trivia in my pages as do many others. If you love chocolate like I do, you will certainly enjoy the trivia found by lisadh.

You can share you own favorite trivia facts, your favorite chocolate recipe, or just about anything you consider a favorite through Web pages. If you love it, you will write about it with passion and fun. And that's what makes a great page. So what are you waiting for?

7 comments:

  1. Very interesting! I kept thinking about the Psycho trivia fact. Phrases like "chocolate to die for" and "death by chocolate" kept floating through my mind. I am ever so grateful for the discover of chocolate and all of the wonderful ways to use and consume it. Chocoholics Unite!

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  2. Thank you for bringing us all these interesting chocolate facts. Have to have some dark chocolate each day...mmmm!

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  3. I love little interesting factoids about any topic and chocolate is no exception!

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  4. I had a few peanut M&Ms today after lunch (a sandwich wasn't filling enough and I was craving chocolate). Does that count? Glad to have some history of chocolate, but mostly glad it WAS discovered. What would we do without it?

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    1. Since I just can't even imagine life without chocolate, I have no answer for you! But, yes, M&M's count as far as I'm concerned!

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  5. I've grown Cacao plants before. I'm off to buy chocolate seeds.

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