The story began about 2,000 years ago in the tropical rainforest in the Americas. Although Cocoa trees have been around for some time, the indigenous population may never use the seeds inside the fruit for food. After discovering that the seed can be processed and used as a beverage, is quickly catching up with primitive people. The first people known to make chocolate from cocoa beans in ancient cultures of Central America and Mexico. For grinding grains and mix it with various spices and herbs and then whip by hand to all the brothers and spicy drink.
And think "Olmec India" that the first culture to cultivate beans as local plants, between 1500 and 1300 BC Of 250-900 m, nut consumption is limited to the elite class of the Mayan culture. Over the years, the non-local beverages consumed. It seems that the Maya people worth beans so highly that planted it in their gardens so personal that they have easy access to it.
Around 600 ad, The Maya have been migrating to northern areas of South America, and start recording soon farms of cocoa trees in the Yucatan Peninsula. They use their drinks in the courtship and marriage.
After the Aztec culture can get away with some nuts, and learn how to make the drinks, they are used for medical purposes, and celebrations such as weddings and religious ceremonies. They believe that nut gifts from the gods. It is also the first known culture to tax nuts. It's their name for their "axokalatl", translates to warm drinks or bitter. Bean also began at that time to be used as currency in the culture of Central America. It is used to make chocolate that he has used to use as currency.
He was the first European to learn from Brown Christopher Columbus. He met the great Mayan canoe piled high with beans value trading value. When Spain conquered the Yucatán in 1517, Mexico in 1519, they quickly catch the monetary value of precious beans. Don't like, yet warm and bitter drink, unsweetened, received from the local population. Take some time, but I learned to adapt to the tastes of drinks and seemed to enjoy it.
The most popular story introduction of chocolate to Europe is that the Dominicans took the Maya nobility delegates to Prince Philip of Spain. As one of the many gifts that the Prince, they gave him a few jars of cocoa processed before that are ready to drink. Spain does not, however, share a lot of love this drink with the rest of Europe for nearly a century!
Sometime during the 16th century, Spanish people add spices such as vanilla, brown sugar cane drinks. Thus, chocolate sweet was created. History shows that the popular drink registered has increased to the point that regular deliveries from Veracruz, Mexico began to Seville, Spain in 1582.
The record is not clear on how chocolate was introduced to the rest of Europe. It is believed that the possibility of distributed by convents and monasteries associated with Latin America. The main consumer members "Jesuit" drinks and merchants became cocoa. France's popular Cardinal drinks in France, where Louis XIV married Maria Theresa of Spain in 1615, chocolate lovers, a habit that began to spread like wildfire among the French nobility.
Cocoa beans were introduced to the United Kingdom via the hackers targeted the ship Spain United Kingdom in the second half of the 1500s. they see no use for looking weird and burn some delivery even before someone finds a good nut to make. It took about 100 years for chocolate to start making a mark in the history of the United Kingdom. I once, and not reserved only for the aristocracy. Anyone in the United Kingdom who can afford it he was able to indulge. While it is more expensive than less-expensive coffee, tea. And the "Brown House" began to grow, with first Frenchman opened in 1657. At the time, Brown was 10-15 Shillings per pound. So it was a bit expensive.
Over the centuries of the sixteenth and seventeenth century, the demand for chocolate with cocoa farms where Spain enslaved plants and growing, harvesting and processing of cocoa beans. At the end of the seventeenth century, Survived only ten percent of the native Indians. It was then that the slaves transported from Africa to Ecuador, Venezuela, Paraguay and Brazil. And use of laborers attached to people and pay more than two centuries, the demand for cocoa every temptation.
Cocoa prices fell around 1730, for about $ 3 per pound. This has made it more affordable for others along with very wealthy. In 1732, the inventor of French chocolate grinding mill table. This streamlined process, made possible by larger amounts at a low cost. Increased production naturally.