The story of chocolate, as far back as we know it, begins with the discovery of America. Until 1492, the Old World knew nothing at all about the delicious and stimulating flavor that was to become the favorite of millions.

The Court of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella got its first look at the principal ingredient of chocolate when Columbus returned in triumph from America and laid before the Spanish throne a treasure trove of many strange and wonderful things. Click here



Chocolate the world round, is celebrated as one of life's amazing foods. The variety of chocolates, tastes and desserts it is within can take you a lifetime to explore. Let us at Chocolado show you the way.

History of Chocolate: Chocolate Through the Years

During his conquest of Mexico, Cortez found the Aztec Indians using cocoa beans in the preparation of the royal drink of the realm, "chocolate", meaning warm liquid. In 1519, Emperor Montezuma, who reportedly drank 50 or more portions daily, served chocolate to his Spanish guests in great golden goblets, treating it like a food for the gods.

For all its regal importance, however, Montezuma's chocolate was very bitter, and the Spaniards did not find it to their taste. To make the concoction more agreeable to Europeans, Cortez and his countrymen conceived of the idea of sweetening it with cane sugar...

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Let's face it, chocolate must be one of the most comforting foods around. This fine selection of luxury chocolates is for those of you who just can't get enough of the taste, texture and all round sensuous experience that is real chocolate in its most decadent form. How does chocolate rank nutritionally? Chocolate is loaded with calories. The average 1.5- to 1.6-ounce milk chocolate bar has roughly 230 calories, with more than half of those coming from fat. Chocolate provides other nutrients, too, but not the ones you might expect. Despite its name, a typical "milk" chocolate bar provides less than 10 percent of the daily recommended amount of calcium. But, surprisingly, a government survey shows that chocolate and products containing chocolate make substantial contributions to our daily intake of copper, an essential mineral in the prevention of anemia and, possibly, heart disease and cancer.

The ingredients are approximate quantities only. For every cup of icing sugar you use, mix in approximately 1 teaspoon of softened butter or margarine. Then slowly mix in enough ...

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My friend Suzanne served in the Peace Corps for two years in Kenya in the late Eighties. The Peace Corps at that time published a recipe book for their volunteers that provided a chocolate cake recipe ...

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Truffles, the chocolate ones, just like their namesake, truffle, the fungus one, have become synonymous with luxury and decadent indulgence. With whole stores dedicated to offering these little bites of flavored chocolates.

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