Chocolate has been a staple for societies in dozens of countries for centuries. The existence of chocolate can be traced back to the cacao bean utilized by the Olmec Indians. Chocolate went on a journey from pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, to Spain and the rest of Europe and eventually New World America. Although there is a countless amount of scholarship regarding chocolate, the research of Wilson, Dillinger (along with her associates), Lippi, Terrio and Norton have critical information pertaining to the topic of chocolate in Western Europe during the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. All sources, with the exception of one of Norton’s sources, formulate a consensus from their research, that chocolate in Western Europe served multiple purposes
An everyday person, when asked to describe chocolate, would probably start by calling it "magic." The presence of chocolate in the everyday American life is an experience sought after, craved for, and bought for under two dollars at the corner convenience store. Indeed, chocolate is edible ecstasy that is put in everything: coffee, icecream, cereal, even the spicy sauce for Mexican mole. Chocolate has a cultural presence like no other food commodity; it is brought back to loved ones from the faraway places of Switzerland and Germany, it is given as a symbol of love, and moreover, it is the first thing everyone instinctually goes too when that loves does not work out. A teary-eyed young woman eating chocolate and watching romantic comedies has become so common it has become a cliche in American cinema. There is something about chocolate that makes the muddy, smooth, brown
The Theobroma cacao tree is where it all started. Olmecs, Aztecs, and Mayans were the original consumers of cocoa: they would form it into a drink and ingest it for medicinal reasons (Allen Par. 7). The Spanish then brought it back to Europe and continued to treat a variety of ailments with it (Allen Par. 7). In the last 40 years people have started to question the health benefits of chocolate, but new research is starting to prove that the Olmecs, Aztecs, Mayans and Spaniards were not too far off. Now, the pods from the tree containing cocoa beans are collected, and the cocoa beans are taken out of the pod (Healing Foods Pyramid Par. 15). The beans are then fermented, dried, roasted, then ground to make cocoa liquor (Healing Foods Pyramid Par. 15). The cocoa liquor is then combined with sugar, vanilla, and cocoa butter to make what is now known as chocolate (Healing Foods Pyramid Par. 15). Controversy over the health benefits and detriments of chocolate is slowly subsiding, but there are many things that a lot of people still do not know about how chocolate can affect ones health. Chocolate is misunderstood.
(Beckett S.t, 2008) Christopher Columbus from his journey to the Aztec realm brought back some cocoa beans to Europe as an investment, however it was just after the Spaniards vanquished Mexico that Don Cortez acquainted the beverage with Spain (1520s). Here is the place sugar was added to beat a portion of the severe, brutal ﬂavours, yet however the beverage remained very nearly obscure to whatever is left of Europe for almost a hundred years, until it got to Italy in 1606 and France in 1657. It was exceptionally costly and, being a beverage for the upper rich and compelling class, and its spread was regularly through associations between effective families, "for instance, the Spanish princess Anna of Austria
Chocolate or cacao was first discovered by the Europeans as a New World plant, as the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. In Latin, Theobroma literally means: “food of the Gods” (Bugbee, Cacao and Chocolate: A Short History of Their Production and Use). Originally found and cultivated in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America, its earliest documented use is around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning “bitter water” (Grivetti; Howard-Yana, Chocolate: History, Culture, and Heritage). It was also a beverage in Mayan tradition that served a function as a ceremonial item. The cacao plant is g...
Throughout the book The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier there are many different themes that happen during the story to progress the plot. But there are three main themes : manipulation, power, and choices. All of which are seen by a lot of the main characters.
For this project, the main focus will be given to the NAICS 311351: “Chocolate and Confectionery Manufacturing from Cacao Beans”. As it is stated by the U.S. Census Bureau, this industry is concerned with the “shelling, roasting and grinding of cacao beans” with the main purpose of producing and confectioning all
Salsa comes from the South American region, mainly from the Spanish speaking countries(“History of Salsa Sauce”). Salsa is a well known dish that is made in many ways. In the original times, it was made with a coalescence of chilies, tomatoes, and other spices. The original way of making salsa has been altered since the beginning. It originated back in the times of the Aztec, Mayan, and Inca civilizations(“History Of Salsa Food”). According to “History of Salsa Sauce”, The origin of salsa came from the South American region, mainly from the Spanish speaking countries (Lifestylelounge,lifestyle.iloveindia.com/lounge/history-of-salsa-food). The Spanish people found tomatoes and they added the ingredient into the recipe.
Robert Cormier is one of the most controversial authors of his time. His novels, particularly his novel The Chocolate War, have been considered to be banned from several high school and college libraries on multiple occasions. Critics bash Cormier’s controversial language used to describe the actions of his characters as well as his themes of triumphant evil that wouldn’t normally be seen in realistic fiction novels. Because this type of writing was “not meant for children” according to the critics, it was almost banned from these libraries (“The Chocolate”). What these critics fail to see, however, is that this book is not meant to be read by children, but by young adults. These themes and language are meant to be read and to be related to
Chocolate was first harvested by the Aztec, Toltec, and Maya civilization 3,000 years ago. The ancient civilization made a drink out of the bean and drank it during important ceremonies, the bean was also used as a currency (Head, Brandon; 2005). The bean was taken by Christopher Columbus to Spain in 1502 after his fourth voyage. Columbus delivered the cocoa drink to Spain, while the drink was bitter Spain added sugar
A lot of movies today are not only created for the cause of enjoyment, however frequently bring a solid lesson the director wishes to carry. In the movie Chocolat (directed by Lasse Hallstorm), Vianne defy the idea that the way of life, repute and their related ethical values do no longer make a person morally right. From the beginning of the film chocolate becomes chocolate transforms into an image of enticement and something prohibited. Vienne enters town during the Lent and within the beginning people are afraid to flavor her chocolate because it is prohibited with the aid of their faith. Comte de Reynaud, a religious mayor of the metropolis, begins a campaign against Vienne and her shop. He states that Vienne’s affect is dangerous and that
Chocolate is something that is cherished and known by everyone. There’s nothing better than enjoying a chocolate chip cookie or even just a chocolate bar after a long day. But a question remains: how is this amazing treat created? The answer is fermentation. Fermentation is a huge step in the process of creating chocolate. Without it, chocolate wouldn’t have its distinct flavor. In the paper below, we’ll take a look at how the fermentation process is initiated, what happens during the fermentation process, and how the cocoa beans are further prepared for consumption.
... it was first invented in the 17th century, in France to make Jordan Almonds. Today the panning process is done by a machine but, it has remained essentially the same since the last 300 years. The french would start by rocking the almonds in a bowl of sugar and syrup until the almonds were completely coated in a candy shell, basicly what they do to make jelly beans. Today though, large rotating pans do the hard work, while master confectioners apply their true art in adding just the right ingredients to create the perfect, smooth shell for the beans. Somehow the two processes made their way into America.
The journey from the cacao tree to the chocolate bar is not complicated, but requires multiple steps, each of which involves careful attention to get the best possible finished product. Chocolate makers have perfected the making of chocolate after many centuries to give us the delicious chocolate that so many people around the world enjoy today. Chocolate companies often deal directly with cacao farmers, giving them a say in how the beans are treated from the moment they are harvested (Moss & Badenoch, 2009). Many of the specific processes that make a chocolate unique, such as temperature or roast time, are due to the chocolate maker’s special recipes, which have been thoroughly formulated, and most likely experimented through a lot of tastings. Although chocolate making methods vary between makers, this paper will focus on the general overview of how chocolate is made and the steps involved in the process.