Roots of ancient Mesoamerican chocolate.
We tend to think that was created during the modernization of chocolate candy. However, in fact, many people in Central America back to the chocolate as a drink of bitter chocolate drink dates back to ancient peoples. These people, as well as chocolate, food and love, played an important role in their social and religious life, too.
Ancient Maya civilization grew cacao, made the drink.
The first person who will reveal the secrets that Bean Maya period (250 〜 900 Series CE [AD]) were found to know. Maya in Mesoamerica, their ancestors, make a tree in the forest to be harvested in their own backyard, where fermented and grew up in a paste of ground seeds toast. Water, pepper, corn and other ingredients, and this paste after mixing, a sparkling, spicy chocolate drink.
The Aztecs adopted cacao.
Since 1400, the Aztec empire dominated much of Mesoamerica. Many people in Maya, cocoa, cocoa beans, paying taxes has many citizens - the need for trade as the money of the Aztecs. As the Maya past, Aztecs and liquor flavored with spices, sugar, agricultural products, the ancient Mesoamerican chocolate that is consumed can be found.
It was an important part of life in Maya and Aztecs.
By 1400, the Aztec empire dominated a sizeable segment of Mesoamerica. The Aztecs traded with Maya and other peoples for cacao and often required that citizens and conquered peoples pay their tribute in cacao seeds—a form of Aztec money. Many people in Classic Period Maya society could drink chocolate at least on occasion, although it was a particularly favored beverage for royalty. But in Aztec society, primarily rulers, priests, decorated soldiers, and honored merchants could partake of this sacred brew.Chocolate also played a special role in both Maya and Aztec royal and religious events. Priests presented cacao seeds as offerings to the gods and served chocolate drinks during sacred ceremonies.