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The Essence of Chocolate The pure indulgence of chocolate has become Americas favorite In the beginning chocolate which is derived from a cacao bean was worshipped as an idol by the Mayan Indians over 2000 years ago Dating back to the 1500s the last Aztec emperor Montezuma II was consuming a drink called Cacahuatt Chocolate was a delicacy that only the rich and important could indulge in it was treated as a treasure After Hernando Cortez tasted the drink he brought some beans back to his homeland Spain where he heated the cacao bean making hot chocolate and adding sweeteners His secret could not be contained and was revealed and the drinks fame spread across other lands By the mid-1600s the drink had spread to France and London where the first hot chocolate shop opened By the 1700s chocolate houses were as famous as coffee houses in England The first chocolate factory opened in 1765 in the Massachusetts Bay area By the mid 1800s a cocoa press had been invented enabling chocolate candy to be made with cocoa butter and refined sugar In 1894 Milton Hershey established the Hershey Chocolate Company manufacturing and selling Hersheys cocoa Hersheys baking chocolate and Hersheys sweet chocolate Mr Hershey was called the Henry Ford of chocolate because he could mass produce a quality bar at a price everyone could afford
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