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History of Chocolate

04 May
History of Chocolate

Find out about the History of Chocolate in this fun video presentation. You can delve in the chocolate history of 600AD to 1911AD

 

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VIDEO TRANSCRIPT:

600AD

Cocoa was first disovered by the Mayas in 600AD. They established the earliest known cocoa plantations in Yucatan upon migrating from Central America.

1000AD

The People of Central America use cocoa
beans as a form of payment

1200AD

The Aztecs reign in Mexico subjugating the Chimimeken and the Mayans

1502AD

Columbus is the first European to discover cocoa beans in Nicaragua. The natives used it as currency and also as a hot drink called Xocolatl. Columbus was more interested in his search for the sea route to India than in Cocoa but took some cocoa beans as mementos

1513AD

Hernando de Oviedo y Valdez buys a slave for
100 Cocoa beans

1519 AD

Hernando Cortez, conqueror of part of Mexico took interest in using cocoa as a form of payment instead of food, he establishes a cocoa plantation in order to cultivate “money”.

1528 AD

Hernando Cortez brings the first cocoa back to Europe including utensils for making them

1609AD

The first book  devoted entirely to world of chocolate appears in Mexico titled “Libro en el cual se trata del chocolate”

1615AD

Princess Anna of Austria marries Louis XIII of France introducing Spanish customs and chocolate drinking

1657AD

A frenchman opens the first chocolate shop in Bishopsgate, London called ” The Coffee Mill and Tobacco Roll”

1671AD

The Duke of Plesslis-Praslin waits for his dessert as the clumsy kitchen boy drops a bowlful of almonds on the floor. The angry chef tries to box his ears and  spills burnt sugar over the almonds. In desperation serves the sugared almonds to  the duke who is so delighted with it , he names it “Praslin” which eventually developed into the modern term “Praline”

1755AD

The Duke of Plesslis-Praslin waits for his dessert as the clumsy kitchen boy drops a bowlful of almonds on the floor. The angry chef tries to box his ears and  spills burnt sugar over the almonds. In desperation serves the sugared almonds to  the duke who is so delighted with it , he names it “Praslin” which eventually developed into the modern term “Praline”

1780AD

The first machine made chocolate
is produced in Barcelona

1857AD

Cocoa cultivation makes it’s way from Sao Tome to West Africa quickly becoming the most important producers

1875AD

Swiss man, Daniel Peter puts the first milk chocolate on the market after experimenting for eight years

1879AD

Chocolate melts on the tongue for the first time which was produced by Rodolphe Lindt of Berne

1911AD

A Chocolate bar is invented without cocoa butter to prevent melting in hot climates, these were given to American troops in world war II

 

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