Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.” by John Q. Tullius
Who doesn’t love a good ol’ bar of chocolate?
Many may not be aware that our favourite flavor – chocolate originally started out as a beverage. Later it was used as an ingredient to ‘better’ the taste of food.
Back in the day, Aztecs (ethnic group of Central Mexico) used this wonderful crop as a beverage, known as “Chocolatl” for sacred ceremonies. Chocolate was also known to the Mayans who too served it at royal and religious ritual events. Milk and Sugar were unknown the Aztecs. The Europeans, in order to reduce cocoa’s bitter taste, began adding sugar and milk to this ancient mixture.
This intense bitter taste, it needs to be fermented, dried and then cleaned to obtain the cocoa nibs. These are ground and are processed into cocoa solids and cocoa butter. White chocolate does not have cocoa solids but does contain cocoa butter, milk and sugar.
The first ever chocolate bar was made in 1847 with components such as cocoa solids, cocoa butter, sugar and milk.
Presently, cocoa bean is grown, within the hot and humid belt, 10 to 20 degrees North and South of the Equator. With the spread of chocolate’s popularity, Europeans began establishing plantations around the world within these regions. That is why despite cocoa originally being from the Americas, Africa produces as much as two-thirds of the world’s cocoa.
There are chocolate lovers everywhere, and chocolate makers around the world
Lotus chocolates (http://www.lotuschocolate.com) are one of India’s select manufacturers of cocoa products and chocolates. Due to the fact that Lotus Chocolates follows stringent quality processes for all their cocoa products and is equipped with top class German, English and Italian machinery – Cadburys, HUL, GlaxoSmithKline, Britannia, Amul etc. approach Lotus Chocolates for its fine produce.
Lotus Chocolates is constantly looking out for new and innovative ways to maintain standards so as to ensure “Quality in every bite”
To know more about how chocolate is made – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye78F3-CuXY&feature=related