Is there a more universally-loved treat?
Chocolate, in a mostly unprocessed form, has a surprising number of health benefits. But if you aren’t used to eating the darkest chocolate, it can take a while to adjust to the taste.
Because we don’t want you to have to go your whole life without eating chocolate again, this is our advice to adjusting to the taste of dark chocolate.
A Brief History of Chocolate
Chocolate is one of the most beloved foods in the world. The cacao bean, found within the fruit of the cacao tree, is from which chocolate is made.
For starters, the scientific name for the cacao tree is theobroma cacao. Theobroma translates from Greek as “food of the Gods” – an apt moniker!
Chocolate has been around for more than 3,000 years. Yet, early forms of chocolate were nothing like the sweet treats we are used to eating in the present day.
Ancient civilizations inhabiting South America were the first known cultivators of cacao. Mayans, Aztecs, and Olmec civilizations revered cacao as possessing sacred qualities.
Only the elite members of these ancient societies consumed the cacao bean. Priests, warriors, and rulers would drink beverages made from cacao beans at ceremonies.
To brew this special drink, cacao beans would be subjected to a fermenting process. Then, the beans would be roasted and ground into a paste which would then be formed into small cakes.
These cakes would be mixed vigorously with water to create a chocolate drink. Depending on the ceremony, other spices would be added to the beverage (i.e. chili, vanilla, etc).
The Spanish conquistadors brought chocolate back to the Spanish courts from Mexico. As raw cacao is bitter, the Spanish used cinnamon and sugar to sweeten the beverage.
Despite this sweet alteration, one aspect of…
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