Cocoa beans were not only for their culinary pleasure they were used to barter or as a currency.
So on this rainy, dreary day in Seattle I wanted Hot Chocolate and wondered what the history was.
Did you know that the Aztecs actually drank their chocolate cold with a bit of wine and chili peppers for spice? After the introduction of chocolate in Spain is when the drink began to be served hot, sweetened and without chili peppers. The Spanish, very protective of their new found drink kept it a secret for 100 years and then things started to spread to London.
When it became known in London chocolate houses became popular such as our coffee houses are today. It was the English who started adding milk to their chocolate and in the middle of the 18th century evolved from it’s past to what we know now.
Here’s to a great pastime with history!