Chocolate is a favourite delicacy for both children and adults. Barely someone would refuse such treat 🙂 We prepared for you a small post with the history of this yummy thing.
Generally, chocolate made from the fruit of the cocoa tree, which grows in Central and South America. The earliest date of cocoa consumption dates from about 1400 and 1100 BC. During those times, chocolate producers used not only cocoa beans but also fruit pulp. Sweet pulp was subjected to a fermentation in the production of an alcoholic beverage. Still, the first chocolate was very different from what we used to now.
Cocoa beans were fermented, roasted and ground into a paste. Then mixed with water or wine, ground maize and a variety of flavors (chilli pepper, vanilla, allspice and honey). After that, the mixture had to undergo a process of expansion: poured from a jug to a jug before the formation of foam on the surface. Cocoa had great symbolic and economic value and people didn’t consume it daily. “Bitter water” was used by aristocrats and warriors, in rituals and celebrations. people believed that this plant belongs to the Gods, and usually associated with the Aztec Quetzalcoatl.
When the Spanish brought cacao to Europe, the drink has changed due to ingredient which is not available for the Aztecs – sugar. It made the drink taste more appealing, and chocolate became popular among the Spanish nobility and officials of the Roman Catholic Church. Much later, chocolate became known in other European countries.
During the Industrial Revolution XVIII-XIX centuries the way of cooking and eating chocolate changed. In 1828, when a hydraulic press was invented, with which the cocoa beans were cleaned from fat while cocoa powder manufacture. This invention was the basis for the creation of most chocolate products, that we know today.
Besides amazing taste, chocolate has its other pluses and minuses. As the plus, we can state that magnesium and potassium, which is rich in this product, nourish our brain, it activates the mind, improves memory and increases attention. Moreover, one of the medical faculties of chocolate – an obstacle blocking platelets, i.e. formation of blood clots, which, in turn, saves us from heart attacks, strokes, atherosclerosis. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t forget that chocolate, even the dark one, is high-calorie foods and unlimited consumption can lead to problems with the cardiovascular system, teeth and skin.
Here are the Top 3 most expensive chocolate in the world:
3rd Place: GOLDEN SPECKLED EGG ($11,107)
William Curley is the mastermind behind this fascinating egg. He has won a Guinness World record for the introduction of the 1st non-jeweled chocolate egg of the world. The chocolates are further dipped in a special chocolate called Amadei which is the most expensive chocolate in the world. It filled with different flavor from an inside to change the taste of chocolate and people can purchase according to their taste.
2nd Place: FRRROZEN HAUTE CHOCOLATE ($25,000)
It is not mainly served as frozen, but it is mostly combined with dessert as hot chocolate. It is also listed in the Guinness World Record as the tastiest dessert in the world. It made with the best and delicious 28 cocoas in the world.
1st Place: LE CHOCOLAT BOX ($1.5 Million)
It is the best chocolate in the whole world which can be seen from the inside and outside of this chocolate as well. The design of these chocolates is very luxurious and is considered best for women. We all know that women can’t resist for chocolate and diamonds as well, so this is best for them. The decoration is a special collection of diamonds.
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