The origins of chocolate can be traced back to the ancient Maya
and Aztec Civilization in Central America, who first enjoyed 'chocolat' a much-prized
spicy drink made from roasted cocoa beans.
Throughout its history, whether as cocoa or drinking chocolate beverage or confectionery
treat, chocolate has been a much sought after food.
Because cocoa beans were valuable, they were given as gifts on occasions such as
a child coming of age and at religious ceremonies. Merchants often traded cocoa
beans for other commodities such as cloth, jade and ceremonial feathers.