How Long Has Chocolate Been Around?
How Long Has Chocolate Been Around? – Chocolate History
Chocolate lovers and history enthusiasts have been on a quest to find out how long has chocolate been around. Well, there is no need to hire a private investigator, the archaeological community has made some profound recent discoveries that answer some question about chocolate history and shed some light on how long has chocolate been around.
In the light of recent discoveries scientists estimate that chocolate has been around for at least 3,500 years and very possibly much longer. It is the Olmec civilization dating all the way back 1500 BC to 400 BC that gets the credit for raising the cacao bans as a domestic crop. They regarded the cacao tree as a gift from the gods and cacao beans as gods food. The used the cacao beans in ceremonial rituals and consumed the ground cacao beans as a chocolate beverage.
It is very possible that the ancient people prior to the Olmec civilization have been using cacao been in their culture as well and later passed it to the Olmec’s. This would make chocolate at lest 4,000 year old. This however, has not been confirmed yet by solid archaeological discoveries yet.
The chocolate tradition of the Olmecs was then passed on to the Mayan and the Aztec civilizations. The Mayans called the chocolate drink “chocolatl”. It was made of roasted cocoa beans, water, and other spices such as chili pepper. So should any one ask you, how long has chocolate been around? you can reply, “for at least 3,500 years”.