The Mayas of Central America had been using cocoa in their beverages since 300 B.C., whilst the Aztecs of Mexico believed in the grain’s attributes as an aphrodisiac. In spite of all this, Christopher Columbus did not approve of the taste when he tried it in Nicaragua. Though the Spanish conqueror Hernán Cortés found cocoa bitter, he took a few grains with him. And so in 1528 chocolate was finally introduced in Europe where this exotic pleasure was given an enthusiastic welcome. The Swiss immediately adopted it as a national product along with their watches, whilst the 18th century Swedish naturalist, Karl Von Linne, christened it “Theobroma,” that is to say, food of the gods. Even doctors of that era prescribed chocolate as a remedy.
As for the popular saying that all good things in life are either forbidden or harmful, it does not apply in the case of chocolate.
It is so rich in nutrients that it is considered the official food of alpinists for it is an excellent source of quick energy and is standard equipment in survival kits. Chocolate increases the body’s resistance to fatigue, improves performance, sharpens the vision and revitalizes the body in cases of depression or even “chagrin d’ amour”.
None of this comes as a surprise, considering that 98% of the cocoa grain is made up of nutritious substances. Considering all this, might it be time for you to consider a chocolate therapy at Aristokratikon?

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  • Aristokratikon chocolates

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