The Chocolate experience
The Mayans of Central America are believed to be the first to discover cocoa as early as 900 AD. They learned that the beans inside the cocoa pods could be harvested and made into a liquid that would become a treasured Mayan treat.
Before chocolate was eaten as a sweet, it was a spicy drink. Some of the earliest known chocolate drinkers (250 – 900 AD) were the ancient Mayans of Central America. The Mayans gathered cocoa seeds from rainforest trees and planted them in household gardens.
They plucked the pods, scooped out the seeds, and using a stone, they ground them into chocolate. They mixed chocolate with cornmeal, chilli peppers, honey, and water.
Mayan priests presented a chocolate drink at sacred altars during special religious ceremonies. When rich Mayans served chocolate they used lavishly decorated cups made by specially trained artists.
Mandela class had the opportunity to visit the ‘My Chocolate Company’ in Shoreditch where we made our own chocolates. It was an amazing experience with the most difficult challenge ever!!!
…………Do not eat or lick the liquid chocolate! ...........
Check out the website below for some more interesting facts on chocolate http://www.centreforglobaleducation.org/documents/Bite-sizedFactsResource.pdf