I was at Live Artz on Wednesday when I ordered the Azteca. A hot chocolate spice infused cup of warm yumminess. I started wondering about hot chocolate in Art so, I looked and I found some. But first a little history….
An Aztec woman pouring chocolate from a standing position to raise the foam
About 2000 years ago the Mayans created a chocolate beverage which became an essential part of the Aztec culture. Cocoa seeds were ground into a paste, along with chili peppers, vanilla, other spices and water. It was then poured from cup to cup, much like a shaken martini, until it became foamy, at which point it was drunk. Sugar had not yet been introduced so it was not the sweet creamy beverage we know.
The Spanish brought the cocoa beans and the skill to make the beverage back to Europe where it became very popular among the Spanish nobility. By the 17thh century the hot cocoa was sweetened and it became a drink reserved for European nobility. Near the end of the 17th century milk was added and it became the favorite of the English Nobility. The Dutch brought hot chocolate to the United States in the early 17th century.
Spanish, ceramic tiles, The laborious process of making chocolate
This week the Artz of Hot Chocolate