Chocolate comes from the cacao tree, and the word 'cocoa' was the result of the misspelling of 'cacao'.

 

The scientific name for the cacao tree is Theobroma Cacao. Theobroma is a Greek word meaning, 'food of the Gods'.

 

'Chocolate' comes from the Aztec 'cacahuatl' or 'xocolatl' meaning 'bitter water'.

 

When conquistadors arrived in South America, they added sugar to sweeten the bitter drink. The result was so popular that when the Bishop of Chiapas banned the drinking of it during church services his congregation poisoned him with a laced cup of xocolatl.

 

Chocolate is reported to have anti-oxidants and to be a mood enhancer.

 

Dark chocolate is a good source of iron.

 

98% of the world's cocoa is produced by just 15 countries.

 

"What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate". Katherine Hepburn.

 

 

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