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Hot Chocolate: A History

We are entering the cold weather where cuddling up by the fire with a steaming mug of something warm, such as hot chocolate, is an evening favorite. So here is a short history of this delicious beverage.

cacao-fruitBetween 3,000 and 4,000 years ago, cacao plants were first cultivated in Mesoamerica by the Olmec, living in southern Mexico. Rather than eating chocolate in solid form, however, the nibs from the cacao plant were ground into a paste and mixed with water to make a chocolate drink known as “xocolxtl.” In order to achieve its frothy consistency, the mixture was poured back and forth between two bowls or jugs. It was found to be an energy booster and mood enhancer, as well as providing long-lasting sustenance; these positive nutritional effects led the Olmec to believe the drink possessed mystic qualities, so it was generally reserved for important figures at sacred ceremonies.

Don’t miss the rest of this great post by Author Sharon Lathan at her blog: Happily Ever After Comes True!!!

In honor of Lady Sharon’s post, I’ll share my homemade recipe for Hot Chocolate later this week here at Rogues, Rebels & Rakes! Huzzah!!!

Wishing ye fair winds,