The Biography of Chocolate
Children will love learning how the ancient Aztecs created a special drink from the bitter beans of the cacao tree and how those beans later became the delectable treat known as chocolate. Mouth watering pictures illustrate this examination of one of the world's favorite commodities. Other topics include
What is a commodity?
how and where cacao beans grow
the history of cacao cultivation and use
Hernan Cortez and the introduction of chocolate to Europe
Hershey, Cadbury, Lindt and other chocolatiers
Who made the first chocolate bar and chocolate-chip cookie?
the different ways to use cacao beans today, from food and drink to soap, suntan lotion, and moisturizers
slavery and chocolate
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