A basic history of Chocolate
The Aztecs created a beverage called “chocolatl”, a healing drink that was also used for special ceremonies. They would ferment the cacao beans, dry and grind them, and sweeten them with honey and native spices to make this refreshing beverage.
For additional history information about chocolate
The Making of Chocolate
All the chocolate made for consumption worldwide starts with the cacao bean which comes from pods of the cacao tree (Theobromo Cacao). The seeds are fermented, sun-dried, may be treated with alkali ( called Dutching), packed and shipped to a manufacturing plant or to consumers.
At the factory, the beans are sorted then roasted to bring out the color and enhance the flavors. Further reading about the making of chocolate can be found on the web at http://www.cacaoweb.net
Locations to buy artisan chocolates in Napa Valley:
Classic Home Desserts: A Treasury of Heirloom and Contemporary Recipes Hardcover
by Richard Sax
The Science of Good Cooking (Cook’s Illustrated Cookbooks) by The Editors of America’s Test Kitchen and Guy Crosby Ph.D (Oct 1, 2012)
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