The Aztecs associated chocolate with Xochiquetzal, the goddess of fertility.

 

The word cacao comes from two Maya words meaning bitter juice?

 

In 1900 Queen Victoria sent specially made chocolate bars to soldiers fighting in the Boer War as a New Year's greeting.

 

That cocoa contains over 500 distinct flavour compounds resulting in an extremely complex blend of flavour and aromas

 

There are three main varieties of cacao trees. The most common is Forastero, which accounts for almost 90% of the world's production of cacao beans.  The rarest and most prized are the beans of the Criollo variety.

 

That chocolate has a high food value containing carbohyrates, fats, protein, and several vitamins and minerals.

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