It was likely discovered by native people in Mexico, a loooooong time ago. The Aztec used to use cocoa ground into powder with hot chiles as a drink...so prized that only those higher up in the society were permitted to use it. It was Milton Hershey, in the last century, who added milk to cocoa to make the ubiquitous 'milk chocolate'.
The Europeans first encountered chocolate when they "discovered" the "New World".....
Further analysis showed that chocolate had originally been discovered by an ancient Incan seer named "Hershey".... He ground cocoa beans and used them to supplement his incantations .... probably around 1400 AD. One of his disciples, "Mars," convinced Hershey to wrap his chocolate in waxed paper... which, incidentally, they had to invent.... and ship the confection throughout the empire..... and the rest is history.....
P.S. If you ask another question, I'll tell you about "sugar"... AND why there was "dark" chocolate and "milk" chocolate......
Chocolate was unknown in Europe until the 16th century.
Christopher Columbus introduced cocoa beans to Europe from the New World at the beginning of the 16th century, along with the idea of drinking chocolate which he had learnt from the Indians. One form of the drink, which the Aztecs enjoyed, was to crush the beans in cold water and mix in some spices and pepper. The Spaniards also drank it cold but preferred it sweetened rather than spiced. It was another 50 years before people started mixing chocolate with milk as well. Chocolate was not used for sweets until the middle of the 19th century.
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