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Chocolate History

Chocolate has a very long history, beginning with its discovery by ancient Mesoamerican civilizations over 3000 years ago.

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Chocolate History - Trivia powered by ABE1. The evidence found indicates that the earliest use of cacao. What does it seem to have been as?

2. The Aztecs associated chocolate with Xochiquetzal. What was she the goddess of?

3. In the Americas, chocolate was consumed in a bitter and very spicy drink called xocoatl, often seasoned with vanilla, chile pepper, and achiote. What was it believed to fight?

4. Cacao beans were often used as currency. The Aztecs used a system in which one turkey cost one hundred cacao beans and one fresh avocado was worth three beans. True or False?

5. For hundreds of years, South American and European cultures have used cocoa to treat what health problem?

6. All of the areas that were conquered by the Aztecs that grew cacao beans were ordered to pay them as a tax. What did the Aztecs call it?

7. Who was the first person to bring cocoa beans to Europe?

8. When was the first recorded shipment to Europe for commercial purposes was in a shipment from Veracruz to Sevilla?

9. It was still served as a beverage, but the Europeans added sugar and milk to counteract the natural bitterness and removed the chilli pepper, replacing it with another Mexican indigenous spice. What was the spice?

10. Roughly two-thirds of the world's cocoa is produced in Western Africa. Where does close to half of the total sourced from?


Answers

1. Alcoholic beverage

2. The goddess of fertility

3. Fight fatigue,

4. True

5. Diarrhea

6. "tribute"

7. Christopher Columbus brought some cocoa beans to show Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, but it was Spanish friars who introduced it to Europe more broadly. It wasn't until the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs that chocolate could be imported to Europe, where it quickly became a court favorite.

8. 1585

9. Vanilla

10. C�te d'Ivoire

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