Chocolate History

It is well known that chocolate first appeared in the Olmec, Maya and Aztec tribes. But how it was brought for a first time and where, who gave it to the world, exactly we do not know until now.

In this regard, the inhabitants of Mexico there is an interesting legend. Quetzalcoatl – the supreme God of the Aztecs had a beautiful orchard, in which there were many different trees and among them grew an ordinary tree with incomprehensible and bitter fruits. Quetzalcoatl thought for a long time what to do with this tree and how to use its fruits, because they are not so tasty. And one day it dawned on him an idea. He cleared the fruit, grinded them into a powder, which filled it with water. He liked the drink, which gives strength and gives joy. He called it “chocolatl”. Soon this bitter drink received great recognition among the Indians and began to be considered a “drink of the Gods.” It was he who tried visiting the land of Christopher Columbus.

But it was only thanks to the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes that cocoa beans appeared in Europe – particularly in Spain – and attracted considerable attention to the royal couple and the Spanish nobility.

By right, we can say that only thanks to Anne of Austria, chocolate not only gets to Europe, but also gets its further rapid development.

When Anne of Austria was 14 years old, she was married to the French King Louis XIII. In a foreign country it was terribly boring and, escaping from loneliness, Anna often drank the chocolate that she brought with her to cheer herself up. She brought not only a whole chest of strange fruits, not known earlier in France, but also her maid who knows how to cook chocolate. Later, she introduced her husband, the King of France, to this unusual drink. And what the king used, tried to get and know by all means. So chocolate has quickly become the most loved and consumed drink in the whole of France. The further development of chocolate in France was also influenced by Maria Theresa – the wife of Louis XIV. Thanks to her just a fanatical love for this black drink, the first factories and benches selling such an outlandish chocolate, all but desired by all, began to appear. Cardinal Richelieu also put his hand to popularizing chocolate in France.

As you know, Richelieu suffered from some serious illnesses, so his doctor, hearing so many flattering reviews towards the chocolate drink, regaled his client with this drink. For a long time, the cardinal took this drink every morning, unaware that the doctor actually added chocolate and other medicines to the chocolate. Whether the combination of medicines turned out to be so successful, or indeed the chocolate had a positive effect on the cardinal’s body, but Richelieu soon recovered. And since then, chocolate has become very widely used precisely as a cure for many diseases, including potency.

A well-known Italian, famous for his love affairs, Giovanni Casanova also put his hand to this, asserting that his not weakening “man’s power” is due precisely to a cup of dark chocolate, which he drank every morning. And to “warm up” their mistress Casanova treated to this drink and them.

But the church was not always so supportive of chocolate, although in Spain only Jesuits were engaged in chocolate trade, the Catholic Church was wary of the new drink. In those days, the church forbade everything that could, to a lesser or greater degree, cause sensual pleasures. Therefore, there was a confrontation between the Jesuits and the rest of the church world. The passions grew more and more heated, but the churchmen could not come to a common opinion for many years. Then it was decided to shift the decision of this issue to the Pope, Pius V.

When they told him about chocolate, Dad was completely at a loss and did not know what to do. Then Father Gerolamo Vincenzo prepared this strange drink for the Pope. Because the chocolate was too bitter, viscous and viscous, he did not like the Pope. And thanks to this, the church did not prohibit this drink, as Pius V considered that such muck as chocolate can not bring pleasure. Well, we should thank him, otherwise the history of chocolate could be quite different.

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