The cocoa tree (botanical name Theobroma) is 40-60 foot tall and has grown wild in tropical Central America since prehistoric times. The name Theobroma means “food of the gods.” The first people known to make chocolate were the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America which include the Maya and the Aztec. These cultures mixed ground cacao seeds with various seasonings to make a spicy, frothy drink.
Later, the Spanish conquistadors brought the seeds to Europe and created new ways of processing it to create new recipes. For many centuries cultures have consumed chocolate to gain the effects of strength, health, faith and passion. Chocolate is still considered a magical icon for love and devotion. Consuming chocolate remains part of many holiday traditions.
Valentine’s Love Potion:
3 tablespoons instant hot chocolate mix
1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch chili powder
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup boiling water
Have a happy and passionate Valentine’s Day!