Geoseph

Chocolatier & Chocolate Sommelier

 

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History

 

The History of Chocolate

 

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10 million BCE

The origins of cacao

 

3500 to 400 BCE

Chocolate invented

 

2000 BCE to 100 CE

Chocolate culture develops

 
 
 

12th to 15th Century

Aztecs raise chocolate to new levels

 

8th to 12th Century

Chocolate continues to thrive

 

2nd to 8th Century 

Chocolate becomes pan Mesoamerican

 

16th Century

The Spanish in Mesoamerica

 

16th - 17th Century

Chocolate in Spain

 

17th Century

Chocolate spreads to Europe and Asia

 
 
 

19th - 20th Century

Eating chocolate invented

 

18th - 19th Century

Industrialization & cocoa powder

 

17th - 19th Century

Cacao: a global operation

 

20th - 21st Century

Artisan & bean-to-bar chocolate

 
 
 
 

Resources

 

See below for a list of resources from which the information here was gathered.

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Coe, Sophie D., and Michael D. Coe. The True History of Chocolate. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd, 2013
Coe, Michael D., and Rex Koontz. Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs. London: Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2002
Dreiss, Meredith L., and Sharon Edgar Greenhill. Chocolate Pathway to the Gods. Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2008
Michael E. Smith. The Peoples of America, The Aztecs.  Oxford & Cambridge: Blackwell, 1996
Moss, Sarah and Alexander Badenoch. Chocolate, A Global History. London: Reaktion Books Ltd, 2009
Rosenblum, Mort. Chocolate, A Bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light. New York: North Point Press, 2005
Wood, G. A. R. Cocoa.  London: Longman, 1975
Young, Allen M.  The Chocolate Tree, A Natural History of Cacao. the Smithsonian Institution, 1994