The History of Chocolate
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The History of Chocolate

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The History of ChocolateDelicious, delectable, soothing and, yes, American. Chocolate was a New World discovery, one of the most sought-after treasures brought back to Europe from the brave new land across the Atlantic.

Cacao, from which chocolate is created, is said to have originated in the Amazon at least 4,000 years ago. The Aztecs were so enthralled with the bean that they attributed its creation to their god Quetzalcoatl who, as the legend goes descended from heaven on a beam of a morning star carrying a cacao tree stolen from paradise. In fact, the Aztecs valued the cacao bean so much that they used it as currency.

The Aztecs also used the cacao beans to prepare a thick, cold, unsweetened drink called chocolatl - a liquid so prestigious that it was served in golden goblets that were thrown away after one use. Christopher Columbus, in 1502, was the first European to run across the beans on his fourth voyage to the New World.

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Blueyonder
Blueyonder
10 years ago

A history of chocolate? No, an advertisement for Hersheys. Is chocolate only made in USA? Any, indeed, most Americans that travel will tell you Hershey's is too sweet and tastes little of chocolate. Swiss, Belgium and UK is best. But this should not be about best but about history of chocolate, not the history of American enterprise.

Myrtu
Myrtu
11 years ago

I wish there was more on the Latin American origins and history, and less about the American companies and their evolution. Based on that intro blurb, I thought it was going to be about chocolate's origins in Mesoamerica, but I only got 5 minutes of that.

Still an interesting documentary, I liked watching it for the most part, but that narrator was extremely annoying. Man, just calm down and stop shouting.

Nick Penney
Nick Penney
12 years ago

Just watched this with my sisters lol. they never watch docs with

Dan Flynn
Dan Flynn
12 years ago

Can't stand the narrator's bellicose voice. Just what is the History Channel's notion of the least common denominator? The subject matter is already interesting; leave out the stupid gimmicks and stop insulting the viewers.

Remco Gerritsen
Remco Gerritsen
12 years ago

The best chocolate is M&M Crispy:) (The blue bag:D)

Remco Gerritsen
Remco Gerritsen
12 years ago

So, saw the docu. But 2 things notice me: To much promotion for 1 compagny and second, it's like Europe barely exists for them. Then it's not as good as NGC of Discovery docu's. But ok, it's watchable, mainly because it is about chocolate:D

Remco Gerritsen
Remco Gerritsen
12 years ago

For me. If someone would end the production of Chocolate, WW3 may start. Without, my life would be so totally useless. Speaks an addict yes xD

Matthew Standley
Matthew Standley
12 years ago

Not what I would really refer to as a "documentary".
Really rather "History Channel".
Over dramatic voices by the narrator and not too much by way of interesting facts.

adilrye
adilrye
12 years ago

I love these sugary, well produced History channel docs...it can make the mundane extremely entertaining. Very good doc. Also, I bet anyone to watch this doc and not crave chocolate. In the first 5 minutes...I went to the kitchen and got myself a Toblerone :D

And by the way, my favourite chocolate growing up and till this day, is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Love them.

Gustavo Sosa
Gustavo Sosa
12 years ago

Uhmm when you mean "American" you mean "the whole continent" because since I know... "cacao" is from LatinAmerica.... silly Europe vs US.

Debra McManus
Debra McManus
12 years ago

This is basically an advertisement for Hershey's.

blahblahbob
blahblahbob
12 years ago

there is a link to an amazing john pilger doc called coke v. pepsi at the end of this doc, anyone who makes it should check it out.

blahblahbob
blahblahbob
12 years ago

the episodes of american eats remind me of an 80 year old poli sci teacher i once had, cheesy as hell, not completely accurate, and somehow still very charming. i feel guilty saying it, but every time one of these eps come on i end up watching the whole thing.

Mario Isita
Mario Isita
12 years ago

very irritating documentary...the history of chocolate seems completely an american affaire....in Europe we used it when they were still in the caverns.....

Guest
Guest
12 years ago

The best part of a cocoa pod is the mucilaginous pulp that surrounds the beans, it taste like the best icecream, the boabab pods have a similar flesh. In Africa where i ate the stuff, the beans are considered too valuable to export the pods commercially. Most Africans have never tasted a good quality chocolat bar even though they are the biggest producers.
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Mini MB
Mini MB
12 years ago

Can't be down to chemicals. I HATE chocolate, like actually hate. Anything chocolate flavour even makes me want to vomit. The smell alone makes me gag.

firefly88
firefly88
12 years ago

makes my mouth water just by watching this doc...

Friso Woudstra
Friso Woudstra
12 years ago

silly American way of making things exciting, some nice information though

morsie2
morsie2
12 years ago

So hard to watch.....so wanting some chocolate NOW!!