Christmas Chocolates are beloved not only by children. Probably most of you agree that life without chocolate would not be so funny, and it would be definitely less sweet than it normally (with chocolates) is. Since the great invention of this great sweet – chocolate become one of the most popular ‘form of entertainment’ for those who like ‘to eat something sweet’.
The history of chocolate, begins with the discovery of the new continent then – America. Before 1492, nobody in the Old World knew anything at all about the flavor not only delicious, but also stimulating, that has become such a success later.
The triumph of Columbus returning from America laying before The King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella the principal ingredient of chocolate was first underestimated a bit. Gold? Why not, but what are we supposed to do with those, looking like almonds cocoa beans? The Spanish Court never dreamed of the importance of cocoa beans that are today’s source of all the chocolate and cocoa, that we eat and drink.
During his conquest of Mexico, it was Hernando Cortez who discovered the magic of cocoa. He was served by Aztecs with a golden cup of ‘chocolatl’, that means ‘warm liquid’. Europeans found the drink too bitter at first so they sweetened it with cane sugar, and as such it was getting more and more popular. Spain smartly proceeded to grow cocoa plants in its colonies, which gave birth to a very profitable business. Remarkable is the fact, that the Spanish managed to keep the art of the cocoa industry a secret for nearly a hundred years.
In 19th century there were two revolutionary developments in the chocolate history . In 1847, an English company invented solid ‘eating chocolate’ through the development of fondant chocolate, that almost completely replaced the formerly dominating coarse grained chocolate. The second big development took place in Vevey, Switzerland in 1876. Daniel Peter devised a method of adding milk to the chocolate, that resulted in the product known today as milk chocolate.
Chocolate industry in United States only reaches the nerly unimagineable level of thirteen billion dollars, and it constantly grows. Every year, every Christmas there are tons of chocolate produced, and hundreds of shapes of the chocolates are designed. Every company manufacturing Christmas chocolates is doing their best to satisfy their customers with better and better chocolate, the late Aztecs ‘Drink of Gods’.