Our love for chocolate now older than 3000 years

Chocolate love began 3000+ yrs ago
Chocolate love began 3000+ yrs agoCourtesy Fir0002

Food of the gods

The scientific name for the cacao tree is Theobroma cacao—"food of the gods." Research now verifies that we have been enjoying this treat for more than 3000 years. Although cacao is a blend of more than 500 chemical compounds, the signature chemical is a compound called theobromine. The chocolate residue (theobromine) was found in several jars from the site of Puerto Escondido in Honduras.

Scientists used "high performance liquid chromatography coupled to atmospheric-pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry"

Dated from around 1100 B.C., this is the earliest evidence to date of the use of cacao.

Chocolate ingredients first use was in beer

"Ancient beer makers used the cacao's seedpods to make their drinks. The pods—which were a little smaller than a modern American football—were fermented, and then the pod pulp was used to make the beer."

"It was beer with a high kick," said study author Rosemary Joyce, an anthropologist at University of California, Berkeley.

"But it would not have tasted anything like the chocolate we have today."

Previous research on "chocolate teapots" dated chocolate drinks to about 2600 years ago.

Click this to read more about the history of chocolate.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

The New York Times also wrote up this research - Love of Chocolate May Have Begun With Cacao Beer.

posted on Tue, 11/13/2007 - 2:10pm
apey1997's picture
apey1997 says:


posted on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 6:29pm
apey1997's picture
apey1997 says:

cool i didnt no that.

posted on Thu, 11/15/2007 - 6:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I love to eat chocolate! It is one of the best things on planet earth! No wonder we love it soo much!n I have a friend at work that hates it (Jen) but I think she;

posted on Fri, 11/16/2007 - 12:02pm
pep's picture
pep says:

I love chocolate mostly butterfingers!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 03/12/2008 - 2:16pm
shacarrah's picture
shacarrah says:

you gotta love twix!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

its the best!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 7:25am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i know i love them!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 04/23/2008 - 8:47am
sandy09's picture
sandy09 says:

I L0VE Ch0c0lAtE!!!=) but i don't think i would of liked chocolate back then when it was invented! i don't think it was sweet as it is now!=)

posted on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 4:27pm
sugar bear's picture
sugar bear says:

i most defenently agree with you.

posted on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 4:40pm

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