Where did chocolate come from and why do we love it so? The first encounter with this delicious treat goes back to early Mexico. The Mayans and the Aztecs used to make a drink called Xocoatll from the beans of the cacao tree. Believed to have health and restorative benefits, it was traditionally a drink of nobility.
After the Spanish war, the Spaniards brought the drink back to their Country and from there it traveled to France and England. In 1847 Fry & Sons created the first chocolate bar but it was bitter and not very popular. Around 1874, Daniel Peter, a Swiss chocolatier started experimenting with adding milk to chocolate. After some trial and error, he, along with the help of his neighbor, Henri Nestle, found the perfect way to mix chocolate and milk together by dehydrating the milk. And thus, the Nestle Company was founded.
The idea of adding cocoa butter back into the chocolate to create a creamier bar that would break into pieced was invented by Rodolphe Lindt in 1879. This also enabled the chocolate bar to melt in the mouth.
In 1893, at an exposition in Chicago, a chocolate making machine was debuted from Dresden, Germany. A gentleman, by the name of Milton S. Hershey, installed this new machine in his factory in Lancaster, PA and produced his first chocolate bar in 1900.
During World War I, the U.S. Army commissioned various chocolate manufacturers to create this delicious treat for the troops as an emergency chocolate ration bar
There are different types of chocolate too:
- Dark chocolate is produced by adding fat and sugar to cocoa with little to no milk.
- Milk chocolate is made with a powdered milk and is the most popular chocolate.
- White is a chocolate derivative. It consists of cocoa butter, sugar, and milk solids and is pale or ivory in color.
The chocolate chip came about when Ruth Graves Wakefield of the Toll House Inn chopped up a Nestle semi sweet chocolate bar and added it to cookies. And, that story as we know it is history.
In 2014 Time Magazine wrote an article on the 13 Most Influential Candy Bars of All Time:
- Wonka Bar – the first time a fictitious chocolate was made into the real thing.
- Milky Way Bar which took its name from a real dessert, the milky way malted milkshake.
- Baby Ruth which was supposedly named after Grover Cleveland’s daughter, Ruth.
- Nestle Crunch which added puffed rice, an inexpensive ingredient to a chocolate bar.
- Cadbury which helped inspire Hershey.
- Scharffen Berger the world’s first “artisanal” chocolate bar.
- The Grenada chocolate bar the first bar created in the same Country where it’s grown.
- Chicken Dinner, the first bar to be advertised as nutritious.
- Snickers, the world’s best-selling international chocolate bar.
- Nestle, the first milk chocolate bar.
- Toblerone, the first flagship bar to debut with a filling.
- Hershey’s, made the chocolate bar mainstream.
- Kit Kat, the first bar to be marketed around sharing.
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