History of Chocolate.

Sweet History of Chocolate

When you know the History of Chocolate you question Who Invented Chocolate? will be answered when you finished reading it.

This question will pop up if you love eating Chocolates. Answering this question, I need to take you through our ride in early around 1000BC where Olmec lived around the area (which is today’s Southeast Mexico). It started in Latin America, where Cacao trees grow. Probably Olmec were the first people who used the Chocolate. Sophie and Michael Coe had written in their book “The True History of Chocolate” that the earliest linguistic evidence of chocolate consumption stretches back three or even four millennia, to pre-Columbian cultures of Mesoamerica such as the Olmec.

Our current word “Cacao” came from their word “kawaka”. Unfortunately, we even not knowing how the Olmec actually used chocolate as there is no recipe found from that era.

A thousand years later (about 250-900 AD) The Mayan, who inhabited the same general area did use chocolate and Sweet History of chocolate begins with Maya.

Chocolate was used in religious rituals by Maya. Chocolate was also used in Birth, marriage and Death ceremonies. The Mayas loved their Chocolate as a drink. But the Maya prepared chocolate strictly for drinking. Chocolate history doesn’t include solid chocolate until the 1850s. Except for that, the way the Maya prepared chocolate wasn’t too much different from the way it’s prepared today.

Aztecs kept the chocolate tradition alive after conquering Maya. From about 1200-1500, the Aztecs dominated the region and continued using cacao as currency.  Both The Aztec and Maya drank their chocolate in same way. Although Aztech sometimes liked it cold.

15th August 1502, Christopher Columbus and his son encountered the cacao bean on conquering mission to the Americas, when he and his crew seized a large native canoe that proved to contain among other goods for trade cacao beans. The natives greatly valued the beans, when any of these beans, they all didn’t pick it up, and as if “an eye had fallen from their heads” If this incident have been remembered then Columbus could have been known as first white guy who discovered Chocolate.

Solid Chocolate doesn’t include in Chocolate history until 1850s. In the 1850s, Englishman Joseph Fry changed the chocolate life by adding more cocoa butter, rather than hot water, to cocoa powder and sugar. The world’s first solid chocolate was born. In 1875, Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle added condensed milk to solid chocolate, creating a milk chocolate bar. In 1879, Swiss chap Rudolphe Lindt invented the conch, a machine that rotated and mixed chocolate to a perfectly smooth consistency

How was the first chocolate manufactured?

First, the beans were harvested, fermented, and dried. The beans were then roasted and the shells removed, and the rest was ground into a paste. The paste was mixed with hot water and spices, such as chili, vanilla, annatto, allspice, honey, and flowers. Then the mixture was frothed by pouring it back and forth between two containers. The Maya thought the froth was one of the best parts. Chocolate was also mixed with corn and water to make a sort of gruel. It was probably similar to the chocolate and corn drink pinnole, still enjoyed in Latin America today.

Chocolate flourishing in European market!

These beans were first brought to Europe by Columbus and some of them is presented to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.

Aztech King Montezuma welcomed the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez and greeted with cups of chocolatl arrived in Mexico in 1519. Aztech has mistaken him as renewed god instead of a conquering encroacher. This was the start of the Spanish overpowered them. Cortez, though, to realize the potential of these beans and he brought in the drink to the Spanish nobility.

They tried chocolate, hated it due to its bitter taste. One writer eloquently called it “more a drink for pigs than a drink for humanity.” Without sugar or Honey, cacao was fairly bitter. Soon after this its popularity spread across Europe and by the mid-17th century chocolate drinking houses had sprung up across England.

In 1828, Van Houten in the Netherlands found a way to make powdered chocolate by pressing removing about half the natural fat (cacao butter) from chocolate liquor, pulverizing what remained and treating the mixture with alkaline salts to cut the bitter taste. His product became known as “Dutch cocoa,” and it soon led to the creation of solid chocolate.

Joseph Fry introduced further processing development in 1847 in Bristol of steam presses to separate the fat more easy. The creation of the first bar of plain chocolate is credited to him Joseph Fry.  Then after 30 years milk chocolate been developed by Daniel Peter in Vevey in Switzerland.

In 1868 Richard Cadbury decorated a box with a painting of his young daughter holding a kitten in her arms.

Cocoa beans was used as a Currency!

The cacao beans were used as currency. 10 beans would buy you a rabbit or a prostitute. 100 beans would buy you a slave. Some clever person even came up with a way to counterfeit beans – by carving them out of clay. The beans were still used as currency in parts of Latin America until the 19th century!

After Cortez and pals conquered the Aztecs, they kept right on using cacao as currency. By this time a rabbit cost 30 cacao beans. Must have been inflation. But chocolate history would soon change forever, because Cortez also kept right on conquering other people.

Chocolates used as a medicine!

For a while, the Spaniards kept the chocolate secret to themselves. And when chocolate first made it to Spain, it was considered a health food and a medicine. Doctors prescribed it for the following medicinal uses:

Medical Benefits of chocolate
Medical Benefits of chocolate

The church also approved it as a nutritional supplement to take while fasting.

Chocolate expansion in 20th Century!

However chocolate remained a luxury until the 20th century. Then many new varieties of chocolate bar were introduced in Britain. First came

Flake (1920),

Fruit and Nut (1921),

Milky Way (1923)

Crunchie (1929),

Snickers (1930),

Mars Bar (1932),

Whole Nut (1933),

Aero and Kit Kat (1935),

Maltesers (1936),

Smarties (1937),

Later came Bounty (1951),

Picnic (1958),

Galaxy (1960),

Topic (1962),

Toffee Crisp (1963),

Twix (1967) followed by

Yorkie, Double Decker and Lion Bar (1976)

and Wispa (1983).

Furthermore new boxes of chocolates were introduced in Britain. Milk Tray dates from 1915. Terry’s Chocolate Orange and All Gold were introduced in 1932. Black Magic came in 1933 and Dairy Box and Quality Street were first sold in 1936. Cadburys Roses dates from 1938 and After Eight was introduced in 1962. In the 20th century, chocolate was considered a staple, essential in the rations of United States soldiers at war. The word “chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word chocolātl, and entered the English language from Spanish.

With the advent of 21st Century!

The future of chocolate looks Bright!  Chocolate remains the fine pleasure that brings enjoyment people around the world. Enjoy!

ANUTEC- International FoodTec India.

One of the Best Food Trade Fair in India is ANUTEC- International FoodTec India.

As promised, I will also share the details of Important trade fair details in Food industry where you can get the details of Chocolate processing equipment.  ANUTEC- International FoodTec India is one of the major and successful show in India.

Why ANUTEC- International FoodTec India?

After debut in 2002 ANUTEC has evolved to become India’s most important technology platform for food and drink industry.

Here industry leader showcase their new development of the food and drink industry in India. Not only Indian but different countries like Germany,UK,Italy,Japan etc company comes to participate this trade fair.

The complete range of the industry requirements will be on display at ANUTEC- International FoodTec India. you can get more details by clicking here.

ANUTEC- International FoodTec India is happens after every alternate year. It was very successful fair in 2014. Now its time to prepare for ANUTEC- International FoodTec India 2016.

Dates for ANUTEC- International FoodTec India:

Starting from 22nd- 24th Sept 2016.


Hall 1 & 5, Bombay Exhibition center,Mumbai,India.

Can we register now to avoid last minute rush?

If you are visiting trade fair often then you would know that there is long queue for visitor registration. You have delegated 2 hours from your tight schedule and most of your time gets wasted in registration. Generally organizer provide online registration option. Foodtec India has also provided this option and it is better to register now online and avoid last minute rush. You can register online by visiting FoodtechIndia website or click below.

How to register online for ANUTEC- International FoodTec India.

In this link I have tried to explain step by step procedure for registering online.

Let me know your experience after visiting the India’s most successful event.


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How to Register Online for International FoodTec India Trade fair ?

Step by Step procedure to Register Online for ANUTEC- International FoodTec India.

ANUTEC- International FoodTec India is India one of the best trade fair for Food and Dairy Industry. As dates are coming near and to avoid the last minute rush its better to register online.

Do you know how to register online for  International FoodTec India ?

If you have above question in your mind then you are in correct post. Here I will show you step wise procedure to register for International FoodTec India 2016 show.

Step :1

Go to FoodTecIndia website and click on Online Visitor registration option, marked in red circle.

FoodTech India homepage
FoodTech India homepage

Step 2:

After clicking on that Vistor’s Pre Registration Form will open in new bar.

You have to fill all details.

visitor pre registration form
visitor pre registration form
visitor pre registration form Part 1
visitor pre registration form Part 1
visitor pre registration form Part 2
visitor pre registration form Part 2
visitor pre registration form Part 3
visitor pre registration form Part 3
visitor pre registration form part 4
visitor pre registration form part 4

After filling all details click on Register button.

Congratulation, You have completed registration. Now following message will come which has your registration number on it.

Registration Complete Page
Registration Complete Page

Last Step:

You will get email on your registered email mentioning all details like Registration no. , Venue etc.

What to do on Exhibition day?

You will get your visitor badge by presenting your Registration No. or copy of this email at the Pre-Registration Counter at the exhibition venue during the exhibition days.
As you have registered online, now you can relax and avoid last minute rush at venue.

If you required any other details mention in comment box.