Xocolatl: Food of the Gods
Monday, November 16
11:00am – 12:30pm
Since 1900 BC The Aztecs & Mayans believed cacao was a gift from the Gods. From currency to aphrodisiacs the value of chocolate is undeniable. See how the simple bean from Mexico made its way into the history books and across the world.
Presenter: Darlene Tenes, owner of CasaQ by Darlene, is a lifestyle expert on food, event planning and a professional speaker at seminars, conferences and cruise lines.
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The word “chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word Xocolātl, and entered the English language from the Spanish language.
The history of chocolate began in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 450 BC.
The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency.
Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served as a bitter liquid, mixed with spices or corn puree. It was believed to be an aphrodisiac and to give the drinker strength.
Today, such drinks are also known as “Chilate” and are made by locals in the South of Mexico.
After its arrival to Europe in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout society, first among the ruling classes and then among the common people. In the 20th century, chocolate was considered essential in the rations of United States soldiers during war.