Courtesy SMMChocolate vessel
Near Papantla, Veracruz, Mexico
What’s better than a hot cup of cocoa on a chilly December day? How about sipping a drink like that every day during the time of the ancient Maya.
This ceramic vessel was used for pouring a chocolate drink. It was discovered on the edge of the Maya world in Veracruz, Mexico.
But the Maya type of cocoa was a little different than the warm, sweet drink we know today. A variety of peppers and chilies were mixed into the drink, giving it some kick. And it's likely that the drinks were poured back and forth between a couple of vessels to create a frothy foam on the top of the beverage.
How do we know this vessel was used for pouring chocolate? Archaeologists have conducted tests on the edges of the vessel and found the remains of chocolate substances.
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Here are some more online resources about the Maya, chocolate and the cacao plant that the chocolate is made from:
Courtesy Luisovalles• How exactly do archaeologist know chocolate was poured from vessels like this?
• Learn about the climate conditions that make for good cacao growing and why the Maya world was ideal for this.
• Cacao beans were also valuable currency. Read this to learn the estimated values of cacao in trading among Mesoamerican people.
• Cacao and chocolate played a role in Maya religion and mythology. Learn more here.
• See the role that the cacao shell played in the Maya number system.
• Want to try to make your own Maya chocolate drink at home? Try this recipe. WARNING: The author/experimenter did not seem to enjoy the final product.