Kakawa (Mayan) Choqui (Aztecs) - Cacao was how the AWESOME Mayan civilization called the cacao seeds. Mayan countries like Guatemala, Belize and Honduras have in the roots the origins of chocolate.
Cacao was used as money, was a elixir for the gods on mayan and aztec kingdoms.
They would dry, grind, and mix the beans with water to create a drink. You might think yum, hot chocolate - in fact it was quite bitter and frothy, and was often mixed with chilli. After the Aztecs conquered the Maya, they went berserk for the stuff.
The Mayans and the Aztecs believed (and perhaps some people still do) that chocolate was a gift from the gods. The Aztecs in particular revered the drink - they gave it to victorious warriors after battle, would use it during religious rituals, and even used cacao beans as currency. To them, cacao beans were more valuable than gold. Next time someone says money doesn’t grow on trees, you’ll know what to tell them.
The Aztec word for the bitter drink is ‘xocolatl’ which some think the modern word chocolate comes from. It bears a resemblance… sort of.
Others think chocolate comes from the Aztec word ‘choqui’, which means warmth.
Once the Europeans came and started adding sugar and enhance the flavors, well chocolate became the popular delicatessen you enjoy, NOW join us to indulge yourselfe into the Mayan Gold.