Historical Chocolate Facts and Information

Historical chocolate facts and information

Top 12 Historical Chocolate Facts

1. Christopher Columbus first brought cocoa beans to Europe

Cocoa was first brought over to Europe by Christopher Columbus, who found little interest in them. It later gained popularity in the Spanish Royal Court after Hernan Cortes gave samples of the ‘brown gold’ to King Charles of Spain in 1528.

2. The word cacao came from Mexico

The word cacao originated from the ancient Olmec people, an early Mexican Gulf Coast culture (1500-400bc). The word was then adopted by the Spanish.

Chocolate and the Olmec people

3. The word cocoa is a miss-spelling of the word cacao

Cocoa is the Anglicised version of the word cacao and is believed to have come about by miss-spelling by early English traders.

4. Chocolate has been used as a health drink in Europe for hundreds of years

chocolate used to treat medical ailments.

A cocoa health drink has been used to treat over 100 different ailments in Europe over the last few hundred years.

From the 17th to 19th century, drinking chocolate was used to enable patients to gain weight, to stimulate the nervous systems and to improve digestion.

5. Cocoa was first consumed as hot chocolate.

Cocoa was first consumed as a hot beverage by different ancient cultures in Central and South America.

6. Eating chocolate was invented in England by Joseph Fry

Solid chocolate or eating chocolate was first invented by the English company Fry and Sons in 1847.ovie as it was funded by Quaker Oats to promote its new ‘Wonka Bar’.

7. Milk chocolate was created in switzerland in 1887

Milk chocolate was created in Switzerland by Daniel Peter in 1875 using condensed milk.

8. Montezuma II drank 50 cups of chocolate everyday

The Aztec emperor Montezuma II drank more than 50 cups of his “chocolate concoction” every day.

Aztecs preparing and cooking cocoa.

9. The recipe for chocolate chip cookies was exchanged for a lifetimes supply of chocolate

Chocolate chip cookies were accidentally invented by Ruth Wakefield and she exchanged her recipe with Nestle for a lifetime’s supply of chocolate.

10. Quaker Oats renamed ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ for the movie version

The book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was renamed as ‘Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ for the movie as it was funded by Quaker Oats to promote its new ‘Wonka Bar’.

11. Slaves could be bought for 100 cocoa beans

Cocoa beans were so valued by the Aztec people that a slave could be bought for just 100 beans.

12. Chocolate sustained soldiers during both world wars.

They included chocolate in the ration packs of soldiers during World War One and Two.

Chocolate rationed to soldiers during both world wars.