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Transcript of Chocolate
The flower/fruit grows directly from the trunk and branches
The fruit can be yellow, red, or brown in color once ripe
Cocoa beans are actually the seed that is contained within the fruit
The fruits are divided into five compartments, each containing up to 10 beans
Chocolate Originated In...
In November of 2007, archeologists found evidence of the oldest known use and cultivation of cocoa at a site in Puerto Escondido, Honduras, dating from around 1100-1400 B.C.
How Far Did This Item Spread?
How Long Did It Take For This Item To Spread?
By What Means Did It Spread?
Did Anyone Or Anything Slow Or Prevent Its Movement?
Was The Concept Or Idea Altered As It Diffused?
Which Segments of the Population Accepted the Concept or Idea?
Chocolate first started in Honduras and then spread from there to the Mayan culture before spreading to Europe. It is now available all across the world.
1100-1400 BC: Puerto Escondido, Honduras
460-480 AD: Mayans
1585: First record shipment of cocoa to Europe from Veracruz to Sevilla
16th century: Montezuma introduced it to a spanish conquistador- at this point the chocolate is still only served in beverages. It was not until the Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs that cocoa could be imported to Europe. In a century, it had spread and become popular in Europe. For a long time only royalty and the well-connected could afford to drink such an expensive import.
1657- first chocolate house opened in London
1689- Hans Sloane developed a milk chocolate drink in Jamaica. It was used by apothecaries but was sold to the Cadbury brothers in 1897.
1765- John Hanau and James Baker introduced chocolate to the United States by opening a processing house in Milton Lower Mills, Massachusettes.
Chocolate spread by explorers taking it home from the Mayans. Chocolate soon became available for shipment and was sent to Europe where it became popular. It was taken to America where stores and eventually factories made/sold the good. From there it has been shipped all across the world.
Nothing slowed the movement of chocolate or cocoa beans as it was a widely accepted and liked product.
Yes, it was altered. Chocolate started as a drink. Now you can buy it as a powder, bar, in morsels, candied, etc. You can also buy it in different flavors such as milk chocolate, dark, white, etc.
Chocolate was accepted everywhere.
The word chocolate comes from the Aztec word, "Xocolatl" meaning bitter water.
The biggest bar of chocolate ever made was created in 2000 and weighed 5,000 pounds.
Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars.