The cultivation of cocoa beans was an important part of
ancient South American people. The Mayans created a ritual
beverage made from the ground cocoa beans. It also served
as a form of currency.
The Spaniards discovered chocolatl, the coveted drink of
New World inhabitants and brought it to Europe. Today, people
around the world enjoy chocolate in thousands of different
forms, consuming more than 3 million tons of cocoa beans annually.
There have been many studies linking cocoa and dark chocolate
with health benefits. Cocoa and chocolate contain a large
amount of antioxidants (flavinoids). Cocoa and dark chocolate
may keep high blood pressure down and reduce the blood's ability
to clot, thus the risk of stroke and heart attacks may be
online store offers many cocoa drinks of different types.
Simply stroll through the
Gourmet Cocoas, Hot Chocolates Aisle to view our selections.