Chocolate From Beer?
According to National Geographic, Chocolate may have been discovered as a result of beer making. Suddenly, I'm craving a chocolate porter.
Not surprisingly, people have been enjoying chocolate for more than 3,000 years…but how do we know this?
Well, researches found traces of cacao on pottery fragments dating from about 1100 B.C. to 800 B.C (Impressive technology we’ve got going these days, eh?).
Even more interesting, researchers also think that chocolate was discovered by accident—when Central American Indians making BEER from the pulp of cacao seedpods discovered a new use for the pulpy byproduct.
"It was beer with a high kick," said study author Rosemary Joyce, an anthropologist at University of California, Berkeley.
The drink was poured from special pitchers that created froth in the drinking cups and served to celebrate special occasions such as marriages and births, Joyce said.
Bottoms up chocolate fiends!