Tag Archives: chocolate history

Paying With Chocolate: A Sweet History Lesson

A swirl of dark chocolate

Spend enough time reading our thoughts on dark chocolate, Bucks County, and you’ll realize that we love talking about the history of our favorite confection.

Regular readers of the blog know that history stretches back to the pre-Colonial Americas, when the Mayans and Aztec enjoyed an unsweetened chocolate drink that they’d flavor with things like hot peppers and corn meal.

In fact, we get the word chocolate itself from the Mayan word for “bitter water”: xocoatl. The Mayans saw cacao – the chief ingredient in chocolate – as a valuable symbol of life.

So valuable, in fact, that they may have used chocolate as currency.

Continue Reading Paying With Chocolate: A Sweet History Lesson

The Evolution of Chocolate

boxed chocolates

We may never know who discovered cocoa in the Amazon 4,000 years ago, but we owe them a debt.

Without that person, we might not be here writing this post. The Stutz company might have made shoes or sold insurance.

But how did we get from the cocoa prized by the Aztecs and Mayans to the boxed chocolates we all enjoy today? It’s the start of the school year, so here’s a history lesson on the evolution of chocolate.

Continue Reading The Evolution of Chocolate

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Chocolate

interesting facts about chocolate

As we’ve written before, we find chocolate fascinating.

That’s probably good, given what we do for a living. But it’s true. Our favorite food has a long history and a remarkable story. Here are some interesting facts about chocolate that you might not know.

Continue Reading 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Chocolate