Until sometime in the 18th century, chocolate was a well-kept secret of the upper classes, and that was no different in the Aztec Empire, who used cocoa beans as currency. Bitter, foamy and spicy, from Montezuma to Cadbury, chocolate has come a long, long way.
Chocolate was so revered by the Aztecs that Montezuma the 2nd apparently drank 50 ‘golden goblets’ each day. Montezuma ruled that only nobles and his soldiers could drink it, which may be why the Empire succeeded in so many military conquests, people wanted chocolate!
The drink was usually bitter, though honey was sometimes added, but it was always foamy. This was achieved by passing the liquid quickly from bowl to bowl. Though today, you can do that with a blender.
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- A cup of cocao powder
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tsp of allspice
- Honey to taste
Put one teaspoon of chilli powder and one of allspice into a blender. Add a cup of cocoa powder and two cups of hot water. Leave for half an hour to infuse. Sweeten with honey to taste and blend until frothy.