Who Invented Chocolate?

No one person can claim the credit as the inventor of chocolate

The inventor of chocolate as we know it today is not a single person. The Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations of early Mesoamerica can claim the credit for discovering cocoa beans, which are the main ingredient of chocolate. They ground the beans and mixed them with chile and water to make the world's first chocolate drink.

Then along came Christopher Columbus several hundred years later. He brought cocoa beans back to Europe in the early 1500s. Chocolate drinks soon became popular across Spain, but the rest of Europe wouldn't get to enjoy this treat until nearly 100 years later.

Even then, not everyone could afford chocolate. The first chocolate house in London, The Coffee Mill and Tobacco Roll, opened in 1657, but the price of the chocolate drinks meant that only the upper class could enjoy this new beverage.

However, chocolate was becoming popular in other ways, too. By 1674, it had become an ingredient used in cakes and rolls.

Then in 1732, Monsieur Dubuisson invented a table mill to grind chocolate, which made This was followed by the invention of a steam engine to

The spread and production of chocolate reached another milestone in 1732, when Monsieur Dubuisson of France invented a table mill that could grind chocolate. This was followed in 1795 by Josephy Fry's invention of a steam engine for grinding the beans, which allowed chocolate to be manufactured on a much larger scale.

In addition to inventing the steam engine, Fry also later became the inventor of the world's first chocolate bar in 1847. His company, Fry & Sons, would later merge with chocolate giant Cadbury, which says on their website, "by today's standards, these original chocolate bars would not be considered very palatable."

Other individuals who helped chocolate along its way to worldwide popularity included:

- Conrad van Houten, who invented a hydraulic press in 1829 that extracted the fat from the cacao beans to create powder in a process that is known today as "Dutching."

- Daniel Peters of Switzerland, who produced the first milk chocolate bar in 1875

- Rudolphe Lindt, who invented a process in 1878 called "conching," which improved chocolate by making it more blendable

Thanks to all these inventors of chocolate, this delicious treat is now found all over the world in a variety of flavors, shapes and sizes, and celebrated in movies, books and TV.

Chocolate - it's an invention we can all love!

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Do You Learn Something About the History of Chocolate? 27 comments

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Abhinaya 9 years ago

Chocolates are my weakness.Great information.Thanks.:)

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vrajavala 9 years ago from Port St. Lucie

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chocolate 8 years ago

i love chocolate

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LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

I enjoyed your hub - but don't like chocolate!

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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA

I love chocolate and this information is very good to know, since I talk about chocolate all the time. Thanks!

chocolate lover 7 years ago

i love your site !

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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I often joke - coffee beans and coco beans - my only weakness I could learn not to drink coffee - but chocolate is just too delightful. Wish to thank everyone and anyone who brought us chocolate. Yum!

Chocolate Online 6 years ago

Nice hub! Very interesting information about chocolate and where it all began. I always think it is amazing that they managed to discover all these processes to make chocolate better way back when. For example Rudolphe Lindt discovered conching (some say by accident) when he stirred his chocolate for 3 days and he found the consistency changed. What if he had given up after 2 days. We may never have known!

arianna 6 years ago

i love chocolate a lot ican eat 35 at one time.........

bonnie 6 years ago

you said that the first chocolate bar was inventd by joseph fry in 1847, and then you said that the first milk chocolate bar was invented by Daniel peters in 1875???!! So who invented the first one?

Sara  6 years ago

This has to be one of the greatest inventionz known to man...I LOVE CHOCOLATE! =P

somebody u dont know 6 years ago

kewl article


but anyway isn't it Joseph fry not josephy fry

bubble blower 6 years ago

mmmmmmmm chocolate is tasty that is a really good invention

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tijoo 6 years ago

i thought the name of willy wonka would be in there somewhere...

like " and then a man named willy wonka invented the first chocolate bar sold!"

but i guess not :P wonder why Wonka's Candy bars are so famous then.

jasmine dennis 5 years ago

wht i love chocolate

aasiya 5 years ago

who invented chocolate?


hi chocolate is yummy and ilike ur hub it makes me want chocolate and want i chocolate drink YUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMY

thanks a lot now i want chocolate

changbang 5 years ago

I can do anything for chocolate. I would never spit a saliva if my saliva were chocolate.Hmmm!!!There's a wish i can wish for

Celeste 5 years ago

I love chocolate and your hub page helped me with a papper in school. thanks! ill use hub more offten now. CHOCOLATE!!!

pinky 5 years ago

love choclates . nice information. heart for hubpages

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mackenzie 5 years ago

chocolate is yummy i eat kinder chocolate and others GO CHOCOLATE.

...:) 4 years ago

I love CHOCOLATE than anyone else

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relujobs 4 years ago from Romania

I like sweets in general, but chocolate is absolutely delicious, and now I know more info about these yummy chocolates that turns on many people

Great hub Lisa!

Best wishes,


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Divine 3 years ago

i love chocolate so much i just don't no who made them :P

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