Authentic Mexican Hot Cocoa – Learn all about cocoa and how to make this authentic recipe for Mexican hot chocolate.
From the ancient Mayans and Aztecs to the chocolatiers of Beverly Hills, chocolate has been one of our favorite foods. In this episode, Jim O’Connor and George Duran trace its growth from a ceremonial drink to a billion dollar industry. They also explore its scandalous links to romance.
Now, we know that chocolate makes you feel great but haven’t you wondered when our passion for chocolate began and where it all started?
Well, chocolate didn’t begin as a bar or a drink. It began simply as a little bean that grew in a pod on a tree. What we now know as chocolate, originally came from cacao trees, which were, and still are, cultivated in Mexico, Central and South America.
It was the Olmec civilization that first cultivated the cacao tree in the Gulf of Mexico, around 500 BC. The Olmecs vanished, but not before passing on the secret of the cacao bean to the Mayans, who made it into a frothy drink.
The Mayans may have traded the cacao bean with the Aztecs but the Aztecs believed that the cacao tree was a gift from heaven. They believed that their god traveled on the beam of the morning star to deliver the cacao tree to his people. Now, historian Breuer has it that the Aztec emperor, Montezuma, drank no less than 50 goblets of chocolate a day in order to service his harem of 500 women.
Let’s see if we can find someone to make us the original, or as close to the original chocolate drink as possible.