Rich in taste, rich in history, rich in quotes. In the same way that chocolates are rich in both taste and appearance, they are also known to have a very rich history and lots of “I love chocolate” quotes.
“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces” – Judith Viorst.
Chocolates for Centuries
For hundreds of years, chocolates have been an integral part of the history of countless countries and through those years chocolates had several uses in the society. Early people used them as a type of money when buying or selling. Aside from being a currency, chocolates were also popularly known as indulgent drinks that were exclusive and available only to royalty. Today, people from all over the world enjoy chocolate in various forms and it continues to play an essential role in many cultures.
“Take chocolate in order that even the most tiresome company seems acceptable to you.” Madame de Sevigne, sometime in 1672.
Mayans’ discovery of crops and wild trees ignited discovery of Chocolate
The history of chocolate started out when archaeologists discovered that the Mayans people planted and grew crops and wild trees in the Yucatan area of Central America during the 7th century A.D. The very pioneer trees that they were able to grow were the cocoa trees cultivated in the hot and tropical rainforests situated within the Amazon and Orinoco basins about 4,000 years ago.
The scientific name for the cacao tree is Theobroma cacao — “food of the gods.” There are depictions of chocolate being poured for rulers and gods on Maya murals and ceramics.
“What use are cartridges in battle? I always carry chocolate instead.” – George Bernard Shaw – excellent – ‘I love chocolate’ quotes.
Chocolates as a currency used in Trading and Barter
Historians have evidence that cocoa beans were initially used as a form of disbursement or expense. During those early times, another equally important role of chocolate was as a unit of calculating goods or items during 1000 A.D. When people bought or sold merchandise or goods, they used chocolate for trading and bartering in lieu of the money that we now use to pay for goods during modern times.
“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.” Michael Levine, nutrition researcher, as quoted in The Emperors of Chocolate: Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars.
Paying taxes with Chocolates or Cocoa Beans
Immediately after the period when chocolates were being used as currencies, even for paying taxes, cocoa beans were paid to Feudal Aztecs. After hundreds of years, the first peoples, now presently called the “Indians”, prepared delectable chocolate drinks by brewing the cocoa beans to form a thick pasty mixture and eventually garnished with some roasted pieces of cocoa beans.
“It’s not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let’s face it, far more reliable than a man.” – Miranda Ingram.
Spicing up beverages with Chocolate
Adding water and various spices like vanilla, cinnamon, pepper and other strong condiments, chocolate became a luxurious and classy, expensive yet very accepted beverage enjoyed exclusively by Kings and Royalty. Meanwhile, the poor and economically challenged who tilled the lands growing and cultivating cocoa beans were restricted from drinking the beverage. They were given an allocation of chocolate to be used as flavour for their boiled corn however very sparingly.
“Twill make old women young and fresh.
Create new motions of the flesh.
And cause them long for you know what, if they but taste of chocolate.”
from “A History of the Nature and Quality of Chocolate”, James Wadworth (1768-1844).
Cocoa a divine drink to the Early Peoples
Cocoa or chocolate drink was considered a beverage exclusive for the drinking consumption of the male elite. During the Aztec Emperor Montezuma’s regime, they called the chocolate drink, the “divine” beverage, which they believed could build up a man’s resistance and fight off stress or fatigue. In 1480 until 1520, Aztec Emperor Montezuma was even quoted saying:
“A cup of this precious drink permits a man to walk for a whole day without food.”
Certainly chocolate and chocolate drinks have been a well-loved and admired naturally grown commodity not only in old or modern times but all throughout chocolate’s history!
And finally, one famous ‘I love chocolate” quotes:
“Life is like a box of chocolates – you never know what you’re going to get.” – Forrest Gump in “Forrest Gump” (1994).