Chocolate and its varied history

The famed Sacher Torte and cup of hot chocolate of Vienna, Austria, one of the great cities associated with chocolate today,
The famed Sacher Torte and cup of hot chocolate of Vienna, Austria, one of the great cities associated with chocolate today, | Source
Cup of hot chocolate.
Cup of hot chocolate. | Source

One of the our favorite delicacies and indulgences, especially during any holiday is chocolate. Nearly every holiday we celebrate from Halloween to Easter is centered around chocolate.

Trick or Treat would be nothing without some heavy duty chocolate in our bags. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's are full of chocolate treats laid out on the dining room table or stuffed into our stockings.

Then there is Valentine's Day, which is a chocolate lover's delight. Boxes of chocolates are given on this day of love because, as we all know, chocolate is also an aphrodisiac. And who would not expect a chocolate Easter bunny in their Easter basket?

Who hasn't looked forward to a cup of hot chocolate in front of the fireplace on cold, snowy evenings or after a cold day of snowman making, snowball fights, skiing or sledding? Chocolate has become an integral part of our lives and even recently has been determined to be a healthy food for our bodies.

We munch on M & M's in the office as we go about our work as a little 'pick me up' in the afternoon to recharge our batteries and keep us awake. We have worked chocolate into our lives and our diet because it is the 'feel good' food that gives us a lift.

But, where did this power food, chocolate, originate and where does it come from?

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Mexico, the Land of Chocolate.
Mexico, the Land of Chocolate. | Source
Maya and Aztecs were some of the first peoples to cultivate and produce a cocoa beverage that was a very bitter drink.
Maya and Aztecs were some of the first peoples to cultivate and produce a cocoa beverage that was a very bitter drink. | Source
Churros y chocolate a famous snack and/or breakfast in Spain and Mexico today.
Churros y chocolate a famous snack and/or breakfast in Spain and Mexico today. | Source
Cacao beans and cacao pod in which the beans are enclosed.
Cacao beans and cacao pod in which the beans are enclosed. | Source
Chocolate farm in Africa.  Harvesting the cacao pods and beans.
Chocolate farm in Africa. Harvesting the cacao pods and beans. | Source

The History of Chocolate

Chocolate as we know it today came to us from Mexico, the Land of Chocolate. Our neighbor to the south cultivated cocoa trees from where the cocoa bean comes and which began in the time of Mesoamerica. The Olmec peoples of Mexico were believed to have been the first to have been found to cultivate and use cocoa beans in a beverage approximately from 1900-900 BC.

Archaeologists have discovered Olmec ceramic vessels with residue from a cocoa beverage found in Olmec archaeological sites. But, from where did the Olmecs get cocoa?

The cocoa tree and bean is believed to have originated in the Amazon in South America around 2000 BC; that's four thousand years ago! The fermented, roasted and ground beans of the Theobroma cacao tree can be traced back to the pre-Olmec people of Mexico.

The Maya and Aztec peoples of Mexico included chocolate in their royal and religious events. The priests presented cocoa beans as offerings to the gods and served cocoa beverages during sacred ceremonies.

And, the Aztecs used cocoa beans as a currency to buy products from other Mesoamerican peoples of Mexico. They even exported cocoa beans to the Pueblo indians living in what is now the southwest United States.

The Aztec codexes that have survived tell us that they prepared cocoa as a beverage from cocoa beans ground into a powder. They then added corn seeds and chili peppers as spices to the cocoa powder and mixed it with cold water and stirred with a spoon or stick until the foam rose by airing the mixture.

The name 'chocolate' is believed to come from the classical Nahuatl language of the Aztecs. The Nahuatl word xcolatl means 'bitter water' but entered the English language from the Spanish world, chocolate.

The Maya called their bitter drink, chokolatl, and is also believed to have contributed to the word chocolate that we use today. Chicolati was the word used by those speaking the eastern Nahuatl language and meant 'beaten drink' because of the frothing stick, chicoli, used in whipping up the frothed drink.

Moctezuma, the great Aztec leader welcomed Hernan Cortes, conquistador from Spain, to Mexico with his cocoa beverage then cocoa beans mixed with water to create a very bitter drink. Cortes was not that fond of the beverage, but cultivated cocoa beans on his plantation for the use of currency.

Cortes introduced this cocoa beverage of Moctesuma's to Spain who coveted it and kept it secret for a century before introducing it to the rest of Europe.

Spain and the rest of the Europeans sweetened and lightened the dark, bitter drink by adding refined sugar and milk to it which was not used in Mesoamerica. Chocolate became the rage of European nobility only during this time.

The Europeans kept chocolate for sweets and desserts instead of incorporating it into their daily diet. By the 19th century, John Cadbury had created the modern chocolate bar with his emulsification process and it became available to people from all walks of life. Chocolate houses and cafes became popular throughout the major cities of Europe as a result of this.

Today, western Africa produces two-thirds of the worlds cocoa and the Cote d'Ivoire grows about half of the cocoa beans produced.

Theobroma cacao, the cocoa bean used in chocolate, comes from the cacao tree which is native to central and South America. Today it is cultivated around the equator and found in the Caribbean, Africa, southeast Asia, Samoa and New Guinea.

There are three varieties of the cacao tree:

  • Forastero which produces ninety percent of the world's production of cacao beans.
  • Criollo which produces the rarest and most prized beans because of their aroma and delicacy.
  • Trinitario which is a cross between the first two trees.

Spain and Mexico have continued the tradition of chocolate in their everyday diet as the delightful churros y chocolate. Churros are a long round doughnut rolled in sugar and then dipped in a thick, syrupy cup of chocolate. This has become the favorite breakfast or snack of the Spanish and Mexican peoples and chocolaterias, or chocolate shops/cafes that serve churros y chocolate can be found on many street corners throughout these countries.

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Fun Chocolate Facts

  • 1528 Hernan Cortes presents Spanish King Charles V with cocoa beans from the New World and the tools for preparing it. He suggests to the king to add sugar so the drink is not so bitter. The Spanish like the drink so much they keep it secret for a century.
  • 1615 Anne of Austria, daughter of Philip III of Spain, inrtoduces the cocoa beverage to her husband, Louis XIV of France
  • 1650 Chocolate candy craze explodes in Paris.
  • 1647 First chocolate house opens in London and later begins using chocolate in cakes and rolls for the first time.
  • 1687 Hans Sloan, a physician, develops a milk chocolate drink in Jamaica which he sells to the Cadbury Brothers of London. London chocolate houses become trendy places for the elite London society to eat and drink this new milk chocolate drink.
  • 1704 Chocolate arrives in Germany
  • 1711 Chocolate arrives in Vienna, Austria when Emperor Charles VI transfers his court from Madrid to Vienna and brings chocolate with him.
  • 1755 Chocolate arrives in the American colonies and the first chocolate factory is begun in 1765 in what is now the United States of America.
  • 1780 The first machine to produce chocolate products is developed in Barcelona, Spain.
  • 1828 Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Casparus van Houten invents the cocoa press and produces the first cocoa powder mechanically instead of crushing the beans by hand.
  • 1839 The world's first milk chocolate is produced by the German company, Jordan & Timaeus in Dresden, Germany.
  • 1847 The first chocolate bar is moulded by the English company, J.S. Fry and Sons in Bristol, England.
  • 1875 Daniel Peter from Switzerland in conjunction with Henri Nestle puts the first milk chocolate on the market by combining cocoa powder with powdered milk.
  • 1894 Milton S. Hershey founds the Hershey Chocolate Company in Hershey, PA and it becomes the largest chocolate manufacturer in North America. It produces the famed Hershey chocolate bar and Hershey kisses.
  • 1900 Switzerland has become the world leaders in producing and selling milk chocolate.
  • 1938 and during WWII the U.S. government included chocolate bars in Army rations for American soldiers to give weary soldiers strength.

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The famed Demel chocolate and pastry shop in Vienna, Austria.  Sacher torte is served here.
The famed Demel chocolate and pastry shop in Vienna, Austria. Sacher torte is served here. | Source
Chocolate bar, powder and cinnamon - all healthy for the body.
Chocolate bar, powder and cinnamon - all healthy for the body. | Source
The main health effects of chocolate on the human body.
The main health effects of chocolate on the human body. | Source
Chemical compound, anandamide, a neuro-transmitter found in chocolate.
Chemical compound, anandamide, a neuro-transmitter found in chocolate. | Source

The Health Effects of Chocolate

Not only does chocolate taste yummy and is an indulgent aphrodisiac, but surprisingly, chocolate is healthy for our bodies. Especially, dark chocolate. A dark chocolate a day will keep the doctor away, and that is not a ridiculous statement.

Recent studies have shown that chocolate contains high levels of phenolics, a chemical that helps to lower the risk of heart disease the same as coffee, tea and red wine do. It prevents the fat substances in the bloodstream from oxidizing and clogging the arteries. It is a great preventer of hardening of the arteries.

Caffeine is also present in chocolate in small quantities and works as an anti-depressant and helps to give that 'feel good' feeling from eating chocolate. Theobromine is another chemical in chocolate and a weak stimulant and these two chemicals in chocolate provide the 'lift' we feel when we eat it.

Phenylethylamine is also found in chocolate and is related to amphetamines a stronger stimulant. All of these stimulants increase the activity of neuro-transmitters (brain chemicals) in parts of the brain that control our ability to pay attention and stay alert.

Ever have a feeling of craving chocolate? The Neurosciences Institute in San Diego, CA has done recent studies and determined that "chocolate contains pharmacalogically active substances that have the same effect on the brain as marijuana and that these chemicals may be responsible for certain drug induced psychoses associated with chocolate craving."

Now, THC is NOT found in chocolate. But, another neuro-transmitter called anandamide is found in chocolate and is also produced naturally in the brain. This is also where the 'good feeling' comes from eating chocolate, but one CANNOT GET HIGH ON CHOCOLATE!

More research is being done today on the effects of chocolate on the brain.

Recent studies by the Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the U.S. Naval Academy have shown that chocolate does not produce acne, in fact, acne is no longer linked to diet at all.

Chocolate also does not produce cavities or tooth decay. The cocoa butter used in the production of chocolate coats the teeth and protects and prevents plaque from forming. It is the sugar in foods and chocolate that cause the tooth decay.

Now, too much of a good thing, chocolate, can cause the pounds to go on and the cravings to start and eating too much chocolate can cause obesity. But, if eaten in moderation the benefits outweigh the negatives.

So, we no longer have to feel guilty for indulging in chocolate and we can actually help our bodies by eating a bit of chocolate each day. And, chocolate helps to bring people together.

Chocolat - the film

Franz Sacher in his later years.  He created the sacher torte in 1832, in Vienna, Austria.
Franz Sacher in his later years. He created the sacher torte in 1832, in Vienna, Austria. | Source
Sacher torte - a Viennese specialty dessert.
Sacher torte - a Viennese specialty dessert. | Source
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Recipe for sacher torte

Sacher torte is the most famous chocolate cake of Vienna's dessert specialties and is world famous. It is a specific type of chocolate cake or torte invented in 1832 by Franz Sacher, an Austrian baker in the royal court of Austria. It was invented for Prince Wenzel von Metternich in Vienna for an important royal party he was giving.

Surprisingly, Franz Sacher was only a sixteen year old apprentice at the time and in his second year of training in Metternich's kitchen. The head baker was unavailable and so the task of creating a special dessert fell to Sacher. He created a chocolate sponge cake with apricot jam filing and dark chocolate icing. The cake was a huge success that night.

After the party, the cake was first served at Demel bakery and choclatier in Vienna and later served at the Hotel Sacher, established by Sacher's son Eduard in 1876. Both Demel and the Sacher Hotel are famous for sacher torte even today.


Original recipe from Mrs. Anna Sacher

Cake Ingredients:


3/4 cup (170g) butter

61/2 oz (180g) semi-sweet chocolate

3/4 cup (170g) sugar

8 egg yokes

1 cup (120g) flour

10 egg whites, stiffly beaten

2 tblsp apricot jam


Icing Ingredients:


1 cup (225g) sugar

1/3 cup (80ml) water

7 oz. (200g) semi-sweet chocolate


Instructions:


1. Beat butter until creamy

2. Melt chocolate

3. Add sugar and chocolate to butter, stir

4. Add egg yolks one at a time

5. Add flour

6. Fold in egg whites

7. Grease and butter 8-9" cake tin/pan

8. Pour mixture in cake tin/pan


Bake in 275 degree F (140 degree C) oven about one hour.

Test with toothpick or straw

Remove to board; cool

Cut top off and turn bottom up (cut in half horizontally)

Heat apricot jam slightly and spread over top of each half, then put halves together, apricot sides up.

Cover with chocolate icing, prepared as follows:

Icing:

1. Cook sugar and water to thin thread

2. Melt chocolate on top of double boiler

3. Add sugar gradually to chcolate

4. Stir constantly until icing coats the spoon

5. Pour from pan on top of cake.

Always serve sacher torte with homemade whipped cream as it helps to cut the richness of the chocolate.

~ from Viennese Cooking, O & A Hess, adapted for American use. Crown Publishing: New York. 1952, p. 229.


© 2013 Suzette Walker suzettetaos

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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

There doesn't need to be holiday for me to appreciate chocolate. Unless every day is a holiday! :)


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Me neither, Linda. LOL. Thanks for your visit and comments!


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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

This is a fascinating article, with a sweet ending :) Thanks for sharing the history, the various facts, and the recipe with us, as well as the video and the tantalizing photos!

Have a great night. Voted up and sharing.

~ Kathryn


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Okay, now I love chocolate even more, having had a history lesson! Thanks also for the yummy recipe. This is a very detailed, fantastic hub!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

I absolutely love chocolate! eating it, drinking it and stuffing myself with it! lol! great hub suzette, and fun facts too!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Okay, now, suzette, you have written on the best topic ever!

I am a chocoholic, so I just love your wonderful hub here. Wow, loved reading about all of the interesting history and facts about chocolate. Thank goodness ... it is actually good for us. When I was younger, I did not care for dark chocolate, but I love it now ... and the dark chocolate is what they were saying then was the only kind good for us, but I knew all along, it is all good! Thank you for the great recipe too.

Up and more and sharing

Now I have a big craving for ..... you know it!

Hugs, Faith Reaper


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teaches12345 3 years ago

I had to read this chocolate hub post before going to bed tonight. Now I will dream about that tort with sweetness. I love your chart on how chocolate helps the body, good to know!


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Vacation Trip 3 years ago from India

I love chocolates no matter it what form it is. Thanks for sharing this yummy hub. Voted up.


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kikalina 3 years ago from Europe

Chocolate lover here too. Great hub. Voting up


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thanks, Kathryn: This is a topic almost everyone loves - chocolate! So glad you found this interesting and informative. It was fun to write as I learned a bit about the history myself. All good things come from Mexico! LOL


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Careermommy: Thanks so much for your visit and your comments. I am happy that you enjoyed this hub. This was fun and happy to write. Try the recipe sometime - it is scrumptious!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Nell: Exactly! I love chocolate too! I do eat a piece of dark chocolate everyday for my health LOL and because I just plain love it. All things good come from Mexico! LOL


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Faith: I know, who doesn't like chocolate? I am a chocolate lover so I had to write this. When I was writing the mariachi hub, I remembered that chocolate comes from Mexico so I had to write one on this topic. All good things come from Mexico! LOL I do, too eat a piece or two of dark chocolate everyday for health reasons and I never turn down a glass of red wine either. LOL So glad you liked this hub and thanks for your wonderful comments.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Hi teaches: So glad you enjoyed this hub! It was so fun to write, but it made me so hungry for chocolate! LOL I do eat a piece or two of dark chocolate everyday for health reasons - seriously. If we don't overdue chocolate it truly can help clear out those arteries. And, I love chocolate dreams!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Vacation Trip: Hello there and I'm glad you are a chocolate lover too. So glad you enjoyed this and I appreciate your comments.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

kikalina: Hi again! I am so glad you enjoyed reading this hub. It was fun to write! I appreciate your visit and your comments.


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EuroNinila 3 years ago from NYC BABY

Yum yum yum! Great hub voted up!!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

EuroNinila: Thanks so much for your comments - love them. So glad you enjoyed this and I appreciate your visit!


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Dim Flaxenwick 3 years ago from Great Britain

You have made a wonderful hub on a favourite subject of almost every woman l know.

Great work.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Dim: thanks so much! This is a favorite of nearly everyone, but especially women. We love our chocolate! Thanks for the visit and your kind comments. Most appreciated.


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My Cook Book 3 years ago from India

This is cool, I love chocolate. Very informative and yummy hub. Thank you for sharing.


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Yum! What an interesting and delightful hub. :) Up/A/U/I and shared.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

My Cook Book: Gosh, thanks for reading and for your comments. I bet you have some yummy chocolate recipes too. I appreciate your visit and your comments.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Thanks, Denise, and I am glad you enjoyed reading this. Your comments are appreciated.


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kirutaye 3 years ago from London, UK

Great hub. Now I want a chocolate cake. I haven't baked any in a long time because my daughter doesn't like chocolate.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

kirutaye: I know this article makes one hungry for chocolate. Your daughter is a rare bird if she doesn't like chocolate as most people love it. I'd still keep some chocolate around anyway. LOL Thanks so much for reading this and for your comments. Most appreciated.


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ocfireflies 3 years ago from North Carolina

I gained ten pounds just reading this hub. SMiles. I am definitely a chocoholic-the dark kind especially. Chocolat, the movie is one of my all-time favorites. I still dream about opening a Chocolaterie, and Johnny Depp showing up to help me get that "creak out of my door." V+++++

; ) Kim


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Kim: You are so funny. I never thought just reading this could add pounds, but I know what you mean. It goes right to my hips and back end! LOL I think we all have had the Chocolat fantasy dream with Johnny Depp in it - to die for! Thanks so much for your comments and I'm glad you enjoyed this.


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Wonderful hub. Of course, I love the health benefits of chocolate- any excuse to indulge!! Thanks for sharing this informative hub!


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

epbooks: Thanks so much for your visit and for your comments - most appreciated. And, I am so glad you enjoyed it!


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

This is awesome! My love for chocolate is very close to the love of feel for my wife and children. It is bad how addicted I am but when I have a darling piece of delicate chocolate.....Jamie


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jamie: I know, I love chocolate too. This was so fun to write. I just wanted to eat chocolate the entire time I was writing this and hand to just say no to my chocolate urges or I could have eaten a pound of it. LOL The recipe for the cake is a rich, rich chocolate cake - you would love it. Perhaps you can pass the recipe on to your wife and she will make it for you - or better yet, try making it yourself!


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LKMore01 3 years ago

Absolutely delicious HUB, Suzette. As a chocoholic this article touched me in a beautiful scrumptious way! Voted up and awesome.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

LKMore: Thanks for your comments and I am glad you enjoyed this. Hard not to like chocolate. LOL. Thanks for your visit


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India

The photos are gorgeous

I enjoyed your hub

Thanks for sharing


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM Author

So glad you enjoyed reading this thumbi7. It is hard to go wrong with chocolate. It is something most people enjoyed. Thanks so much for reading and for your comments. Thanks for the visit.


Sannel 2 years ago

Thank you for writing about one of my favorite subjects - Chocolate!! I don't think there is one day, that I don't indulge in chocolate. I'm a chocoholic. . . Now, reading about chocolate, I crave chocolate . . . Oh let's hope there's some chocolate in the house. . . :-)


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Ashok Rao 2 years ago from Mumbai, India

I am addicted to home made chocolates. It's easily available in Mumbai. But I am scared of putting on those extra calories. I love the dark chocolates the most. The article was very interesting. I enjoyed reading it. It was as sweet as my favourite yummy yummy milk chocolates.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I love everything about chocolate! I just thought I'd mention that , once again. I'm sure I'll be back again. Soon! :)


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M K Paul 2 years ago from India

Thanks for sharing some wonderful facts about chocolates


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Sannel: I love your comments! LOL! Yes, there can never be too much chocolate around. I always have to have some sort of chocolate in the house, even if it is just Hershey kisses. If I don't have a kiss to pop in my mouth, I will simply crave chocolate and then eat way too much of it. Thanks so much for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. Hope you found some chocolate!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Ashok: Chocolate is so addictive - I think it is the caffeine in it. Chocolate will put on the pounds, though, that is for sure. I love dark chocolate the best also - and it is so healthy for us. LOL! I hope I didn't send you into a chocolate binge! Thanks so much for reading and I have enjoyed your comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Sunshine: I know what you mean - me too! I always keep some sort of chocolate around - pop a Hershey's kiss in my mouth so I don't go into major chocolate cravings! LOL Thanks so much for your comments as I enjoy them so. Don't eat too much chocolate over the holidays!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

MK Paul: Thanks so much for reading this and for your comments. I am glad you enjoyed reading this hub. Chocolate is just one of my favorite topics. LOL!


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MG Singh 2 years ago from Singapore

Nice and interesting post. Added to my knowledge


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

MG Singh: Thanks so much for reading and for your comments. Your visit is most appreciated.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Mm yum, why did I not get notice of this? My favorite subject! LOve all the great facts and that icing recipe, got to be so good! I have whipped cream, too. ^


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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

This was a very interesting article. Great job!


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

This is a very nice article with great photos. It makes you want some chocolate.


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phdast7 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Suzette -

Another very interesting and thoroughly developed Hub. Funny, I am not much for sweets, but I have always loved chocolate and I prefer dark or bittersweet chocolate. I think every year from four to sixteen I asked for a chocolate cake for my birthday. My all time favorite is a Sour Cream Chocolate Cake which gives that edge to the sweet chocolate. Oh my, I don't dare go to the store anytime soon.... :) Theresa


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Jackie: So glad you enjoyed reading this. I had to run it for Valentine's Day - the biggest chocolate day of the year! LOL! Thanks for your visit and for your comments. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

VVanNess: So glad you enjoyed reading this and found it interesting. THanks so much for your visit and comments.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

ologsinquito: Glad you enjoyed reading this article. I was eating chocolate all the way through writing this! LOL! Thanks so much for your visit and your comments. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Theresa: I am a chocoholic! LOL! I love dark chocolate and it is good for our health so I don't feel guilty about eating it. So glad you enjoyed reading this and your Sour Cream Chocolate Cake sounds great. I love sour cream and chocolate and I love them together! Thanks so much for your visit.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh..Suzette....chocolate....Is there anything more yummy, delicious, soothing and satisfying? It's my weak spot....my favorite goody and I offer no apologies.

I say we should lobby congress.......and make it a law that CHOCOLATE be mandatory on the Healthy Food Groups list! OK? Let's do it!..UP++


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ChitrangadaSharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

What a sweet hub on chocolate!

Interesting to know about its history and all the yummy pictures and recipe. I love chocolates any time in any form.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub!


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Great hub about the delicious chocolate, enjoyed reading. Never knew so much about chocolates, great read. Voted up.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Paula: I had so much fun writing this hub! I just love chocolate and chocolate in any recipe and form. I agree, chocolate should be part of the food healthy groups list. Thanks so much for your comments and it is good to know another chocolate lover.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Chitrangada: Thank you so much for your kind comments. This was a fun hub to write. I love chocolates in any form also. I always have some sort of chocolate around the house. Thanks so much for your visit. Most appreciated.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Vellur: Thanks so much for your comments and your visit. I am glad you enjoy chocolate as I know I do.


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girlonfire 2 years ago

Learned lots of new things about chocolate - thanks; to be honest, though, I got really stuck on the Chocolat video, which makes me want to watch the movie again.

On a healthier note: I usually eat some dark chocolate (really dark) when I get a headache, which is rather regular, so yeah, it's good for you!


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

girionfire: That is what is so wonderful about chocolate and dark chocolate in particular - it is actually good for our health. I am glad to hear it helps your headaches. I love the movie Chocolat and have the video and watch it from time to time. It is one of my favorites. Chocolate is one food that is loved the world over. Thanks so much for your comments. Most appreciated.


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Lady_E 2 years ago from London, UK

Wow... I've loved and eaten chocolate for years (haven't we all? lol) and have learnt a lot of new things in your Hub. Thanks for the Recipe's too.


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Lady_E: I know, so many of us are chocolate lovers. That's why I finally had to do this hub. Thanks so much for your visit and your comments. Most appreciated.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Chocolate is a topic I could never get tired of reading about... :)


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM Author

Sunshine: Thanks so much for reading and sharing this hub. I just love chocolate, too and never tire of it! LOL!


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Sunshine625 24 months ago from Orlando, FL

Yum! I just can't seem to stay away from this hub...I wonder why :)


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starstream 24 months ago from Northern California

I love this article especially the second half explaining the way chocolate is good for our body chemistry. I am ready for my afternoon pick me up. A little chocolate can make us feel good. How I loved the movie Chocolat. Thanks!


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PurvisBobbi44 24 months ago from Florida

Chocolate, my very favorite food fixed in such delicious looking ways. I always enjoyed making Christmas candy for my Aunt Dora, but she cannot have sugar anymore as per her doctor.

I enjoyed this hub so much I voted up++++ and will send to My Twitter friends and pin it on my repin board.

I know I gained five pounds just reading about chocolate, but it was worth it.

Have a great new week.

Bobbi Purvis


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sweetpikez 24 months ago

Dear suzettenaples,

Chocolate drinks and cakes were my late grandmother's favorite recipes. Her chocolate drinks version is different from what you have in the west. She made chocolate drinks using cacao or dark chocolate and coconut milk. The aroma is so enticing.

I like the pictures and video clips you have here.

Thanks for sharing this piece. Voted up,useful and interesting.

Happy holidays,

Sweetpikez


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DDE 24 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I love chocolate! You got me craving for more. I really enjoyed reading about the history of chocolate and the photos are stunning. Voted up!


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vocalcoach 24 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Thanks again for this yummy hub on chocolate. Is there anything better? Not for me. :) I'm glad it's good for us. Up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing.

Hugs,

Audrey


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Dolores Monet 24 months ago from East Coast, United States

A delicious hub! Adding a bit of cocoa to chili makes it taste rich and colors it darker than usual! My German aunt also added a bit of cocoa to a flour rub for her roast beef, seared it, and yum! Cocoa is not just for desserts! (voted up and tweeted)


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tillsontitan 24 months ago from New York

You had me when I saw "Land of Chocolate"! A chocoholic from way back I'll read anything about chocolate and have to admit this was very interesting, the movie clip was great, and the recipe at the end was certainly the "icing on the cake", I mean hub!

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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smcopywrite 24 months ago from all over the web

love it. I have tried the cookie dough before without the improvement and was somewhat disappointed. thanks for giving the added push needed to get a great thing going. thanks for sharing


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carter06 24 months ago from Cronulla NSW

Gotta love hubs about chocolate..love the 'Land of Chocolate' I wish!!

And def love Johnny D eating that chocolate..Cheers


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Sunshine - thanks for reviewing this. Since I love chocolate, this is one of my favorite hubs, if I may say so. Chocolate is always a favorite of mine! Thank goodness Christmas is here - it gives me an excuse to eat mounds of chocolate. LOL!


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

starstream: Yes, dark chocolate is actually good for our health! So I eat a piece of dark chocolate everyday. Since Christmas is here, I indulge more at this time of year. LOL! Any excuse to eat chocolate. The movie is one of my favorites also. Thanks so much for reading and for your comments.


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Bobbie: Thanks so much for your visit and comments. I love this time of year too, and I indulge more in chocolate! LOL! I do try to eat a piece of dark chocolate each day because it really is healthy for us. Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy the season. Happy New Year too!


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

sweetpikze: Yes, we usually use milk chocolate in our hot chocolate - we follow what they did in Europe many years ago. I prefer the dark chocolate too for my hot chocolate and cakes and cookies. In love churros and chocolate when uses a dark syrupy chocolate drink to dip the churros in. That is a traditional Mexican and Spanish treat. I am so glad you enjoyed reading this and thank you for stopping by.


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Devika: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. Reading this always makes me go ook for some chocolate. I try to eat a piece of dark chocolate each day because of the health benefits. This is the season for chocolate. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and enjoy some chocolate! LOL!


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Audrey: Thank you so much for reading this again. It is hard not to love chocolate. LOL! And the season is the reason to eat some. So glad you enjoyed reading this.


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Dolores: I have never tried adding chocolate to chili, but I bet that would be good. Yes, in Mexico they make chicken with a mole sauce that is chocolate based. The roast beef recipe your aunt made also sounds interesting. Thanks for your interesting input and I am glad you enjoyed reading this.


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

Mary: Welcome to my land of chocolate! LOL! I love the movie Chocolat and it is one of my favorites. I love Sacher tort and just had to share the recipe. So glad you enjoyed reading this.


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

smcopywrite: Thanks so much for reading and I am glad your enjoyed it. 'Tis the season for chocolate!


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suzettenaples 24 months ago from Taos, NM Author

carter06: I am so glad you enjoyed reading this. I love the movie Chocolat especially that clip. 'Tis the season for chocolate so enjoy some chocolate.

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