Chocolate cake is one of the most famous of desserts. Many varieties of chocolate cake and many recipes for those varieties abound, from classic recipes found in church cookbooks to super-fancy combinations found all over the Internet.
There’s a reason why chocolate is so popular all around the world. Eating cocoa is not only good for your taste buds – it’s great for helping your overall mood! Fantastic stories about the benefits of chocolate have been passed down through the generations. The Aztec’s promoted the bean’s use as a powerful aphrodisiac to the Spaniards and Montezuma (who was rumored to consume over 20 pitchers of cacao a day) told Cortes of it’s magical ability to give strength and virility to men. In the 1500’s wild legends of chocolate’s super powers led to the rise of London and France’s infamous ‘chocolate houses’.
Eventually, Ixcacao was forced to marry Ek Chuah, the God of commerce and trade. Cacao was made into a commodity, a currency used for barter. The workers of the fields were banned from consuming the “food of the Gods” and their days of joyously tending the crops became cruel and miserable work.The priests and nobles kept the benefits of the sacred drink for themselves.
When we think of industry, we envision massive factories and miles of complex machinery. While the packaging and distribution of chocolate may depend on the efficiency of these modern marvels, the early life of the cocoa bean plays out in a much different scene. The cultivation of the cocoa bean is a slow process, that takes diligent and discerning farmer’s who go the extra mile to produce quality crops.