Chocolate: Food of the Gods

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The cocoa tree is native of tropical America and for a long time it has marked the history of the native populations living in the tropical lowlands of south-central Mexico. The tree was considered from the ancient Amerindian societies a gift of the gods and the its name in Olmec language was "kakawa". It had a big economic and religious value.

The chocolate: in Europe

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After the Spanish conquest of Western Indies the cocoa came in Europe, first like gift offered by the noble Amerindians to the conquistadores, then like commodity.The use of the chocolate spread in all European courts and soon the name Amerindian of cacahuatl was changed into chocolate. Now the chocolate was not gotten following the ritual Amerindians, but using the molinillo, a wooden whisk-like tool that is twirled between the palms of the
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