Yummy Chocolate Beer
And the recipe is more than 3,000 years old.
The Aztecs of Central America invented chocolate more than 3000 years ago. That too when they were trying to make beer instead! Some, like anthropologist John Henderson of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, believe that most likely, by accident, it got produced when they were fermenting the sweet pulp that surrounded the cacao seeds.
What the Aztecs, invented, however, looked more like a beer-like beverage and it became and it became a status symbol not only for them but for the Mayans as well. Slowly it became to be used not only for the “chocolate beverages” but as a form of currency too.
Researchers discovered this when they found, in pottery vessels, the residue of a chemical compound that comes exclusively from the cacao plant (the source of chocolate). These vessels are as old as 1100 BC. They were found in Puerto Escondido, Honduras. These small, elegant serving vessels suggest that this cacao brew was most likely served at important ceremonies like birth, weddings etc. By adding extra spices to the brew, it became a frothy bubbly drink.
This discovery pushed back the history of chocolates by 500 more years. Till before this the earliest documented use of cacao had been in Mesoamerica.
This “chocolate beer” was, in fact, so tasty that the Spanish, who shattered the Aztec empire in the 16th century, even served it to their emperor. I am sure it was. I would a glass of this frothy, “chocolate beer” myself!