Saturday, July 17, 2010

THE SIDE DISH :: Chocolate

Did you know that the first people known to have made chocolate were the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America?

The pre-Columbian peoples of the Americans drank chocolate mixed with vanilla, chile pepper, and achiote. Europeans sweetened it by adding sugar and milk and removing the chile pepper. They later created a process to make solid chocolate creating the modern chocolate bar. Since then, new technologies and innovations have changed the texture and taste of chocolate, but it still remains one of the world’s favorite flavors.

This photo:
Wine Country Chocolates | Sonoma, CA - Raspberry and the "Elvis" truffle (peanut butter & banana)