Chocolate! When I speak of South America, the homeland of Mi Papa, I often think of all the rich and wonderful foods that come from there. I can not help thinking most especially of Chocolate. Oh how I love Chocolate. It is rich and delicious. It is given to show love and to cheer someone up. Yes Chocolate is truly a South American treasure that the entire world loves. I would not deny that there are now many brands and types of Chocolates grown all through out the world, yet, I do find pride and comfort every time I take a sip of my Chocolate' knowing it was a drink that my forefathers left as a legacy to the world.
I am entering on and adventure to find out all that I can about Chocolate from a historical point of view as it is one of the gifts that Hispanic Americans have given to the world. I do not deny that there are great confectioners through out the world. The Spaniards, which I will cover in great detail about their romance with this drink, Chocolate has taken a great place in the daily activities and meals of the Spaniards. There are those in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, and Great Britain as well as the United States of America. They all have made great contributions and developed new and intriguing ways in which we all have come to love Chocolate,but it was in the Southern Americas, Central America to be exact that Chocolate found it's birth place.
It is in the mysterious and wonderful tropical forests, where so many exotic foods and species make their home that we find the birth place of this food Chocolate that most of us have found a place in our hearts and homes for. In this series I will be doing several articles on the origins all the way through to modern times of the treasure we call Chocolate and how it is such a part of the Hispanic Culture. I will of course include several recipes as well as highlight differences in our usage of Chocolate as compared to those of others around the world.
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The Journey to Chocolate begins!
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