Chocolate is good for you -Xocolat Ltd

Talk by David Greenwood-Haigh March 2021 (Zoom)


10th March 2021 

A 'Zoom' meeting

Chocolate is good for you!

Scarborough Cavaliers were very pleased to welcome Chocolatier and International Chocolate Consultant, David Greenwood-Haigh as our Speaker last week to talk about the history of chocolate and what to look for when choosing a good chocolate.

Chocolate’s history started in Latin America about 4,000 years ago and as a drink. It was only given to men as the Gods said it would make them better warriors, lovers and very intelligent! It was a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans from the cacao tree “Theobroma cacao” which means “Food of the Gods”.

VCocoa was used as a currencyin trading by the Aztecs and also taken to Spain by Christopher Columbus to show what he had found in the New World along with cinnamon, tobacco and jewels.

Chocolate was still a drink until 1847, when Frys produced the first chocolate bar in Bristol. After that Rowntrees and Cadbury all started producing chocolate, all Quaker organisations who revolutionised working conditions for their employees.

David went on to talk about his job travelling the World to train people to make chocolate products and bars, whilst developing eco-tourism.

We had several chocolate samples white, milk and dark. We were told what to look for in the composition, the feel, the smell and taste of different chocolates. The bean quality and the soil that they are grown in can all affect the taste. There is also an order to taste them, white, milk and dark followed by stronger flavours e.g., dark with chilli, last, so as not to lose the subtleties and overpower the taste buds.

David managed to pass on his passion for chocolate in his animated talk and made us look at chocolate in a very different way,

A most enjoyable evening! Contact: david@coeurdexocolat.com  Chocolatier & Proprietor Xocolat Ltd

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