Here is the mother lode of chocolate in all its' various delightful tastes from light milk chocolate to dark rich chocolate...
Montezuma was known for always drinking his ‘chocolatl’ from a golden goblet and before retiring to his harem, drank his most valued drink. This is where the idea that chocolate holds the effect of an aphrodisiac came into the picture. In 1528, after the Spanish were driven from the city of Tenochtitlan, Cortes returned to Spain but not before loading his armadas with the valued cocoa beans and the equipment to produce the delicious ‘chocolatl’ drink. It was not long after that that ‘chocolatl’ grew to be the drink of choice among the rich.
The Dutch also came upon the treasured cocoa bean when they detained Curacao during the 17th century. This allowed the wonderful properties of the cocoa beans to be recognized and spread through out Europe. It was acclaimed that the cocoa bean was a cure for many ailments at that time. The marriage of the daughter of King Philip II of Spain to King Louis XIII of France not only joined the two as allies but brought chocolate to the French, which ignited a passion for the exotic concoction. Not only did it prove to be nourishing but had medicinal properties as well. In 1684, the French conquered Haiti and Cuba and started their won production of cocoa crops. This created a good supply for the French market.
Germany was introduced to chocolate around 1646 when brought by visitors. Chocolate ultimately reached England in the 1650s, where King Charles II found it to be on of his most valued treasures.
In 1657, London opened one of the first known chocolate houses. The French also began producing and selling chocolate by 1657. A pound of chocolate was prized around 10 -15 shillings. Chocolate was a luxury product only afforded by the rich. The value of cocoa grew so great it surpassed money through out the countries. It was used for trade and worth the weight of gold.
The amazing chocolate drink was the center of gatherings. It was the favored drink among social, business, and even political events. "
I know Darth Vader's REAL problem ...poor guy NEVER had any chocolate!!!
Thoughts to ponder and smile about......
Put the chocolate in the bag and nobody gets hurt.
EMERGENCY ALERT: If wearer of this shirt is found vacant, listless, or depressed, ADMINISTER CHOCOLATE IMMEDIATELY.
Intergalactic Peace Through Chocolate!
I take chocolate from strangers.
There's a thin person inside of me screaming to get out, but I keep her sedated with chocolate.
If they don't have chocolate in heaven, I ain't going.
Nobody knows the truffles I've seen.
So much chocolate, so little time!
Simply put... everyone has a price, mine is chocolate!
Will work for chocolate.
I'll eat anything! As long as it's chocolate.
There's more to life than chocolate, but not right now.
Nothing chocolate.... Nothing gained.
Eve left the Garden of Eden for chocolate!
I'm not overweight, just chocolate enriched.
Do not Disturb! Chocolate fantasy in progress.
If it ain't chocolate, it ain't breakfast!
Chocolate - The breakfast of champions!
I'm a Chocoholics Anonymous dropout.
The problem: How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car. The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
I never met a chocolate I didn't like. - Counselor Deanna Troi, Star Trek: The Next Generation
Seven days without chocolate makes one weak.
Chocolate: Here today... Gone today!
Seduced by the chocolate side of the Force.
Given enough chocolate and coffee, I could rule the world.
Here, have some chocolate. Feel better now?
I only eat chocolate for you, so there will be more of me to love.
Some like it hot, some like it cold; I like it chocolate!
*****I would like to close by asking all who read this
today to also take some moments to hold in prayer a
friend of Angie's @ Can You All hear me at the Back.
Her friend John has been diagnosed with terminal
cancer and needs loving prayers...Thank you, dear