THE HISTORY AND VIRTUES OF CHOCOLATE IN A NUTSHELL
Some scientists say humans have been using and consuming cacao beans for at least 2,000 years, while some historians suggest that it might date back to four millennia. The word chocolate can be traced back to the Aztec word "xocoatl," the name for a bitter drink made from cacao beans. This was the way chocolate was consumed until the Spanish conquistadors came to Central America.
In several pre-Columbian Latin American societies, cacao beans were used as currency. Mayans and Aztecs believed the beans had mystical properties and used them during important rituals. When the Spanish arrived, sweetened chocolate came into existence and was then brought to Europe.
Chocolate was a fashionable drink for rich Europeans throughout the 18th century. The Industrial Revolution allowed chocolate to be mass-produced and brought the treat to the masses. The popularity led to the development of cacao tree plantations.
Our chocolatier Voisin, the Boucaud-Maître family has been committed for more than 120 years to funding programs training workers, improving their living conditions, giving them access to water, education.
Treat yourself with its fair-trade chocolates! Indeed, according to many studies, chocolate – especially the dark one containing 70% cocoa – makes you feel better, is good for your brain, skin, heart and circulation, reduces cholesterol and prevents diabetes. Enjoy in moderation anytime!