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Paris, World Capital of Chocolate

Between the makers of gourmet dark chocolate and the more mainstream confiseurs-chocolatiers, there are more chocolate shops in the City of Light—the Paris phone directory lists more than 300—than in any other city in the world. From high-end, “designer” artisan-chocolatiers, such as Jean-Paul Hévin, Christian Constant and Pierre Marcolini, to chains such as l’Atelier du … Continue reading Paris, World Capital of Chocolate

Brief History of Chocolate

The ancient Maya of Central America were the first to cultivate the cacao tree (theobroma cacao), which the Aztec people of present-day Mexico later called cacahuatl or xocolatl. From its earliest known days, the cacao bean was used as a beverage, and the Nahuatl term xocolatl actually means, depending on the source, “foam water”, “bitter … Continue reading Brief History of Chocolate