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CHOC-tastic!


Once worshiped by the Mayan civilisation of Central America and Southern Mexico, who believed it to be of divine origin, over the centuries, the cocoa bean was transformed into a product of mass consumption, throughout Europe and the United States and a massive global industrial chocolate industry was born.

Now universally adored, and at one time the exclusive preserve of aristocrats and elites, chocolate was for centuries a symbol of decadent deliciousness that every common man and woman aspired to taste at least once.

The first chocolate factories opened in Spain, where the dried fermented beans brought back by the Spanish fleets were roasted and ground. By the 17th century chocolate was a fashionable drink throughout Europe and chocolate powder from which the drink was made, was being exported to other parts of Eu