Chocolate: Sweet Beginnings

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According to historians, the wild cacao tree most likely grew in the Amazon and Orinoco valley of South America thousands of years ago. The Mayan people may have been the first to cultivate cacao (known as cocoa), that was taken along when they traveled to the Yucatan. The Aztecs thrived on the bitter chocolate drink. It was made by mixing ground cacao beans with fermented corn or wine, which was then served in golden cups. It is…