Chocolate has become a favorite food of many people all around the world. Chocolate bunnies and eggs are regularly eaten at Easter. But when was chocolate invented? This post will answer that question and look at a few interesting facts about chocolate.
When Was Chocolate Invented?
Chocolate was invented sometime between 1100 and 1400 BC. This is the date archaeologists suggested after finding evidence of the cultivation of cocoa (which produced chocolate) at a site in Puerto Escondido, Honduras. There is evidence that the people used the chocolate both as a drink and as a source of fermentable sugars to make an alcoholic drink. For the next few thousands years, chocolate was enjoyed as a drink in many Central and South American countries. It wasn’t until the 16th century that chocolate started becoming popular in other parts of the world.
Interesting Facts About Chocolate
- Chocolate can prevent coughs and stimulate the brain. Eaten in small amounts it can also help lower blood pressure.
- Chocolate is toxic to many different animals (including cats and dogs) as they are unable to metabolize theobromine.
- Many books and films have been written around the subject of chocolate. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate are three examples.
Other Great Inventions