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Until the 1500s, no one in Europe knew anything at all about the delicious drink that would later become a huge hit worldwide. Spain’s search for a route to riches led its explorers to the Americas and introduced them to chocolate’s delicious flavor. Christopher Columbus brought some cocoa beans to show Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, but it was Spanish friars who introduced it to Europe more broadly. Eventually, the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs made it possible to import chocolate back home, where it quickly became a court favorite. And within 100 years, the love of chocolate spread throughout the rest of Europe.
The word "chocolate" entered the English language from Spanish. Chocolate comes from the fermented, roasted, and ground beans of the cacao or cocoa tree. Chocolate has many uses and comes in many forms. It is used in candies, beverages, ice cream and baked goods. It appears in liquid, powered, and solid forms. Here are some other facts about chocolate that any chocoholic should know.
Monkeys first discovered that the Cacao tree was edible. They would remove the pulp from the pods, but spit out the beans. Ancient civilizations used only the pulp, following the lead of the monkeys. It is not known exactly when the beans started being used to produce chocolate.
Americans eat an average of 10-12 pounds of chocolate per person per year.
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