A History of Chocolate

While it was once thought that chocolate has been around for just over 2000 years, researchers have discovered evidence of its residue on Honduran pottery from 1400 B.C.E. The name itself, chocolate, is derived from the Aztec word for an early century cacao bean-infused beverage. In latin, the tree from which cacao beans were harvested translated to “food of the gods,” meaning we weren’t the only worshipers of this delicious commodity. In fact, in pre-modern Latin America, these beans were a form of currency you could trade for goods and animals.

Fast-forward to the 16th century, the first time historians believe chocolate was actually served sweetened. Spanish enthusiasts would then mix it with cane sugar or honey while Europeans would serve it as an untouched liquid, believing it to be a helpful medicine or aphrodisiac.

It wasn’t until 1847 that the first chocolate bar came into production. The 1840’s are also approximations of the first known instances of chocolate’s use for cake decorating.

Today, chocolate remains one of our top sweet yet guilty pleasures while remaining a delicious decorative asset to chefs and bakers across the globe.

Therefore, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, one of the top-selling holidays for chocolate producers, we have found some of our most favourite creations conceived by our Top 10 Chocolate and Cake Artists.

A Mont Blanc Mochi by New York’s Gabriele Riva, made with chestnut cream, marron, hibiki whiskey and Cacao Barry Alunga milk chocolate.

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Beautiful chocolate roses by Lucie Bennett of West Sussex. We bet they smell as delicious as they taste.

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Tempered dark chocolate combined with sponge toffee, matcha white chocolate and black and white sesame seed brittle, a dessert by David H Chow, Toronto.

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Have a cup of tea as you enjoy this Alice in Wonderland-inspired chocolate cheshire cake by Russia’s Elena Gnut.

An almost too pretty to eat cake by Eva Salazar, inspired by Martha Stewart.

For her grandmother, a beautiful chocolate treat by Russia’s Varvara Sokolovskaya.

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With jivara anise mousse, apple compote, bourbon sabayon, spiced oranges, pumpkin-almond crunch, Pete proves he’s Indianapolis’ king of the chocolate creations.

Move over, Elsa! Your palace-building spells have nothing on the chocolatier skills of LeNovelle Cake!

A designer turned baker, Lulu Kayla has mastered the element of celebration in her chocolate creations.

Don’t make us choose! Brandon Olsen’s “Miracle” chocolate collection features many fulfilling flavours like Egg Nog & Cognac, Cinnamon Bun & Coffee, Mulled Wine and more.




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