Did you know that the world’s beloved sweet was used as a bitter medicinal drink 4000 years ago?
In ancient Mesoamerica, present-day Mexico, the first cacao plants were found. The Olmecs in Latin America used to turn cacao plants into chocolate and used it as medicine.
By the 15th century, the Aztecs used cocoa beans as currency. They drank it during the preparations of wars as an energy beverage. Chocolates were first consumed with a combination of sugar and honey in Spain where they became popular among the wealthy.
In 1828, the invention of the chocolate press quickened the slow process of chocolate making and started a chocolate revolution which marked the beginning of the modern era of chocolate.
Today, the cocoa and chocolate market is valued at USD 45 billion and is expected to increase with a CAGR of 4.4%. As per the health experts, moderate consumption of chocolate boosts serotonin that calms the brain and acts as an anti-depressant.
Although highly sweetened chocolate is considered unhealthy, dark chocolate makes its place in the market a healthier confectionery project.