A Brief History of Chocolate

Interestingly, most of chocolate’s long history was only in beverage form, with no sugar.  In fact, one archaeological excavation in Honduras found pottery from 1400 BC with cocoa residue.

By the 17th century, chocolate was a fashionable drink throughout Europe.  Yet, it remained mostly something for the privileged few.  A little over 100 years later the industrial revolution made higher level of production possible.

Then, in 1815, a Dutch chemist found a way to reduce the bitter taste.  And soon after that solid chocolate was created.  Joseph Frye made the first bar in 1847.

Remarkably, chocolate was included in soldier’s rations in the Revolutionary War.