Current event Wednesday: mmmm. chocolate‚Ķ

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Criminy I’m having a bad day! sigh. I need to think about something nice. Like Chocolate!

Did you know that the South Americans were eating Chocolate more than 3,000 years ago? New research shows that they were:

Residents of Central America were enjoying chocolate drinks more than 3,000 years ago, a half millennium earlier than previously thought, new research shows.

People were drinking chocolate in Central America more than 3,000 years ago, scientists say.

Archaeologists led by John Henderson of Cornell University studied the remains of pottery used in the lower Ulua Valley in northern Honduras about 1100 B.C.

Residue from the pots contained theobromine, which occurs in the cacao plant and is the source of chocolate, the researchers said in Monday’s online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The find dates the first use of chocolate to some 500 years earlier than previously known, they said.

The style of the pottery indicates that cacao was served at important ceremonies to mark weddings and births, according to the authors.

God bless ’em for figuring out how to make chocolate. How did they figure it out? I’ve never had cocoa but my husband said the bean is very bitter (he tried it when he was in Costa Rica). And yet it produces a heavenly delicious product. Yum.