|Did you know?
- The first people to harvest chocolate were the Mokaya and other pre-Olmec peoples who lived in southeast Mexico around 1000 B.C. The word chocolate is derived from the Mayan word xocolatl, or bitter water.
- Dark chocolate has been shown to be beneficial to human health, but milk chocolate, white chocolate, and other varieties do not.
- In Oaxaca, Mexico, healers called curanderos use chocolate to treat several illnesses such as bronchitis. In some regions, children drink chocolate in the morning to ward off scorpion and bee stings.
- The cacao bean naturally contains almost 300 different flavors and 400 separate aromas.
- According to Aztec legend, the god Quetzalcoatl brought cacao to earth but was cast out of heaven for giving it to humans. As he fled, he vowed to return one day as a fair-skinned bearded man to save the earth.