While researching our show The Golden City – The Lost Empire of the Aztecs I learnt that we have been chocoholics since 450 BC!
I learnt that it was first drunk by the Aztecs, who believed the seeds were a gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, they even became a currency! It was mixed with spices or corn puree to create a drink, which they believed to be an aphrodisiac. I think we can all agree this!!
The seeds were even used as currency. The people they conquered paid their taxes in cacao beans. After the Spanish conquest it continued, records show that for 100 beans you could you a canoe filled with freshwater or a turkey hen!
The Aztecs, a forgotten empire, which is why we published the musical The Golden City – The Lost Empire of the Aztecs which you can find if you click on https://bit.ly/31bwUUP .