Chocolate has been a part of the lives of thousands of people for hundreds of years. Hundreds of consumers around the world enjoy this treat each year as companies think of new ingredients to mix with chocolate or new ways to mold the chocolate. Chocolate is first made by companies across the globe, then it is sent to retail stores for sale. After it has been produced, companies make sure they are sending the correct sum to the right retailers. Before electronic scales and industrial scales, chocolate was measured in liquid form to serve to only the rich and the leaders of the tribe. This is one example of how chocolate has changed since the Olmecs in Mexico first created this product around 1500 B.C.
The Olmecs were the first written tribes to use chocolate around 1500 B.C. Archaeologists have located storage pieces with traces of cacao beans in them. The Mayans of the Yucatan Peninsula were also some of the original individuals to make use of chocolate. They even used cacao beans as a form of currency because it was considered to be something from the gods and therefore a prized possesion. At first, it was used as a drink with spices mixed into it such as pepper. The chocolate was unsweetened, so the chocolate produced had a really bitter flavor and served either cold or at room temperature. It was also only served as a liquid, because the technology really was not an option to turn it into a solid chocolate bar.
The Europeans were first introduced chocolate in the 1500′s when Christopher Columbus landed on his fourth voyage to the North American continent. It was during and after this colonization that chocolate was sent back to Spain and then spread to the rest of Europe from Spain. The Spanish women were the ones who kept chocolate alive in Europe by adding sweeteners and spices that were unique to Spain like jasmine and cinnamon to the chocolate drink. It was also the Spanish women who originally began drinking the chocolate liquid hot.
When the British colonized what is now the United States, they brought chocolate into the new world with them. However, it was not until 1847 that the Quaker family, by the last name of Fry, realized how to use a process to make chocolate into a bar or solid form. In the early 1900′s, Milton S. Hershey, built the city and factory of Hershey, Pennsylvania. It was in 1907 when the Hershey’s Kiss was first offered to the market, where it made $2 million in sales in the first year. The city of Chicago became a major starting point for chocolate producers after the National Confectioners Association which was founded in 1884. The Mars Company was founded in 1922, which is also located in Chicago.
Chocolate has come a long way since its beginning as a prized currency during the time of the Olmecs civilization from Mexico and Central America. The history of chocolate is still being made across the globe now with new companies coming about every few years and old companies attempting to do new, innovative things with chocolate to make it just a little different. It will be pretty exciting to see the new types of chocolates that will start to appear in the next few decades.
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