In celebration of world chocolate Day
At the Dessert Atelier we will take any opportunity to celebrate our favourite dessert... Chocolate. Be it Dark, Milk, White or Ruby... we love it all! So much do that we created a whole Dessert Box in its honour (click here). And with today being world Chocolate day... we thought we would take you through the bittersweet journey of this delicious delicacy.
It's hard to determine exactly when chocolate was born, but it's very clear that it was adored right from the very beginning.
Historians have traced Chocolate back over 4,000-years to Mesoamerica, now Mexico. It was here that the first cacao plants were found and turned by The Olmec, into chocolate. Chocolate was used as a drink during rituals and as medicine for various ailments.
Hundreds of years later, the Mayans revered chocolate as the drink of the gods, and made of roasted and ground cacao seeds mixed with chillies and water.
In the 15th century, the cocoa bean was used as currency by the Mayan’s. It was drank in celebration, as an aphrodisiac and even in preparation by soldiers for war.
Chocolate as we now know it (in its sweetened form) is said to have appeared when European explorer Hernando Cortes was welcomed to a banquet by the Aztec king. It was said to be quite bitter for his tastes and hence the addition of honey and cane sugar.
Fast forward a couple of hundred years, and the creation of the first chocolate bar (as we now know them) is said to have been made by Joseph Fry, who in the mid 1800’s discovered that he could make a moldable chocolate paste by adding melted cacao butter back into Dutch cocoa.
Not long after in 1868, a company by the name of Cadbury was creating and selling much loved chocolates bars. Then Milk chocolate a few years later by another familiar company – Nestle.
As chocolate became known and loved worldwide.. artisans worked and reworked it into all kinds of variants and creations. Later came milk and ruby chocolate varieties.
In celebration of the chocolate we all know and love, the dessert Atelier created the Choc-onnoisseur dessert box. Showcasing all varieties of rich velvety chocolates including: dark, milk and white. This box is proof that chocolate makes everything better.