A Brief History of Chocolate
Historians trace the origin of the word "chocolate" to the Aztec word "xocoatl," which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods”. Many modern historians have estimated that chocolate has been around for about 2000 years, but recent research suggests that it may be even older. Sweetened chocolate didn't appear until Europeans discovered the Americas and sampled the native cuisine.
Legend has it that the Aztec king Montezuma welcomed the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes with a banquet that included drinking chocolate. The bitterness of pure cocoa did not appeal to the foreigners tongue but once mixed with honey or cane sugar, it quickly became popular throughout Spain. By the 17th Century chocolate was popular among Europeans but it remained a privilege of the rich until the invention of the steam engine made it easily transported. Marky’s is a proud to offer Leonidas Fine Belgian Chocolates. Take home a sweet piece of history today.