Tag: Chocolate

Chocolate.
Food

Chocolate.

Chocolate Indigenous to Central and South America, cocoa was used by Mayans and Aztecs in religious rites, as an aphrodisiac by the ruling class, and the beans as a currency in trade. The Aztecs were probably the first to roast the beans and make a beverage from it.  Their recipe […]

Chocolate and Wine.
Food Wine

Chocolate and Wine.

Chocolate and Wine Wine enthusiasts and experts have long maintained that chocolate and wine are incompatible. Lately, this notion has been challenged successfully. The argument was that chocolate’s intense flavour overwhelms wine’s. Since wine’s role is to enhance food, the match was considered impossible. It is now two decades since […]

Cocoa and Delectable Chocolate.
Food

Cocoa and Delectable Chocolate.

Cocoa and Delectable Chocolate The sudden surge of chocolate consumption in Canada explains how addictive it can be. Addiction, however, is linked to quality, ability to pay and wisdom to separate good from inferior. Theobroma cacao (the cocoa tree) is indigenous to Central- and South America. Mayans and Aztecs are […]

Valrhona Chocolates – France.
Food

Valrhona Chocolates – France.

Valrhona Chocolates These days North Americans have developed an unprecedented appreciation and consumption of these elegant and flavourful chocolates. Several artisan producers invent new taste sensations, shapes, fillings and textures to entice consumers. Chocolates, as we know it, is a Spanish invention. In fact, before conquistadors set foot on Aztec […]

Chocolate and Wine II
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Chocolate and Wine II

Chocolate and Wine In 1753, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus called the cocoa tree Theobroma cacao – Greek for “Food of the gods”. It was used in Aztec religious ceremonies, and cocoa developed more monotheistic affiliations in the 19th century. Aztec kings believed cocoa to be an aphrodisiac and drunk up […]