Meghan, Queen's Square | April 2, 2018
If I have a vice, it’s chocolate. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate with nuts, fancy chocolate Easter bunnies tied with pink bows or half-melted Hallowe’en chocolate bars from six months ago – I love them all. This isn’t a recent phenomenon either. In my family album, there’s a cringe-inducing photo of an 18-month-year-old me ensconced in a high-chair, a ghoulish ring of milk chocolate encircling my mouth. Not my most dignified moment, but certainly an indication that my love affair with the cacao bean started early.
I’m hardly alone in my passion for chocolate-everything. The peoples of Mesoamerica, including the Maya and the Aztec civilizations, brewed cacao seeds into spicy drinks long before chocolate was introduced to the rest of the world. Later, as chocolate began to appear as luxury in the royal courts of Europe, it became trendy among the rich and fashionable (or those who simply aspired to wealth and good breeding). Love of the sweet stuff became big business in the Industrial Age and with it, rose major chocolate manufacturers such as Cadbury, Hershey’s and more.
If you’re curious about how chocolate conquered the world, here are some titles from the Idea Exchange collections featuring chocolate-y history:
April is a particularly special month for the chocolate lover, even if you don’t celebrate Easter. The grocery store shelves are stocked with Cadbury Creme Eggs, Lindt bunnies, Ferrero Rochers and other tasty temptations. You can bide your time, watching, waiting, knowing that once Easter passes, these goodies are going on a steep discount and may mysteriously find their way into your shopping cart. The choco-alypse is nigh.
In case that isn’t enough, we have some fantastic cookbooks for chocolate lovers here in the Idea Exchange collections:
The deliciousness will melt your brain.