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Lesser Known Facts About Chocolates

Chocolate is one of the most popular sweets in the world. But there's more to this beloved treat than meets the eye. Here are six fun facts about chocolate that you may not have known: 

Some of the lesser known Facts

  1. Chocolate is made from cacao beans, which are native to Central and South America.

  1. Chocolate was originally used as a currency by the Aztecs.

  1. The word "chocolate" comes from the Aztec word "xocolatl", meaning "bitter water". The Mayans called the drink “chocolhaa” (“bitter water”) and Aztecs called it “Xocolatl.”

  1. Apparently, Hernán Cortés brought chocolate to Spain in 1528 through his explorations. 

  1. Anne of Austria, daughter of Spanish King Phillip III, brought chocolate to the royal courts of France to celebrate the marriage of Louis XIII and Anne of Austria. As a result, France tasted chocolate for the first time. 

  1. Chocolate was consumed by royalty and the upper class for both its health benefits and its decadence. Until the 1800s, chocolate was not considered a sweet treat.

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