Shopping Cart -

Your cart is currently empty.
Continue Shopping
This website use cookies and similar technologies to improve the site and to provide customised content and advertising. By using this site, you agree to this use. To learn more, including how to change your cookie settings, please view our Cookie Policy
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
Pocketmags Digital Magazines
   You are currently viewing the Italy version of the site.
Would you like to switch to your local site?
Digital Subscriptions > Family Tree > Family Tree February 2018 > A history of chocolate

A history of chocolate

Chocolate has been part of our culture for centuries and has a rich and blended history, much like the complex flavours in the best chocolate products. Amanda Randall gives us a taste of this delicious international treat, enjoyed in England since 1657


Chocolate was a luxury once only consumed by the superrich but as commodity prices fell and production increased it has become part of everyday life and we have become avid consumers. Sales of chocolate in the UK topped £4bn in 2015, which equates to 437 million kilograms of the lovely stuff. But where does chocolate come from and how did it become such a firm favourite? Cacao trees are native to South America, its Latin genus name Theobromoa, given to it by 17th-century botanist Carl Linnaeus, translates to ‘food of the gods’. The Olmec people of Mexico made a chocolate drink from the beans around 3,500 years ago. Powder was extracted from dried, ground cacao beans and mixed with different flavourings like vanilla, nutmeg, jasmine and chilli to be used in many forms, including as a drink. The Mayans revered chocolate while the Aztecs used it in religious ceremonies attributing to it spiritual wisdom, high energy and enhanced sexual powers. Aztec emperor

Purchase options below
Find the complete article and many more in this issue of Family Tree - Family Tree February 2018
If you own the issue, Login to read the full article now.
Single Issue - Family Tree February 2018
Or 549 points
Annual Digital Subscription
Only € 3,08 per issue
Or 3999 points
6 Month Digital Subscription
Only € 3,84 per issue
Or 2499 points
Monthly Digital Subscription
Only € 4,14 per issue
Or 449 points

View Issues

About Family Tree

Would you like to find out those must-search sources that professional genie researchers use? We've asked a crew of top-notch family historians to share their go-to websites and records. A positively useful read, it is sure to inspire you to dig deeper and search further on your ancestor-hunting quest. Plus we've got an article packed with tried and tested advice for tracking down long-lost relations all over the globe - these new-found cousins can be an absolute boon to your research (and great fun to meet too). And we've got a delightful read which will show you how a genealogy research conundrum doesn't mean the end of your investigations, but the chance to flex your detective muscles and get better and better at tracing your family tree. Enjoy!