1590 Have you heard the one about the Spanish nuns in Oaxaca, Mexico? They were the first people to sweeten chocolate with honey and cane sugar. That’s all.
1606 Antonio Carletti introduces chocolate to the Italians, who gesticulate wildly in appreciation.
1641 German poindexter Johann Georg Voldkammer introduces cocoa to his countrymen, who make a habit of sipping a cup of hot chocolate before bed.
1819 The eccentric and mysterious François Louis Callier opens the first Swiss chocolate factory. He places five golden tickets in… wait…
1849 The Cadbury brothers begin selling ‘chocolates for eating’ – in Birmingham, of all places.
1851 The Americans first get a taste for fattening foods at Prince Albert’s Exposition, where US delegates tucked into bonbons, chocolate creams, and boiled sweets. It all went downhill from here.
1930 White chocolate is first produced by Nestlé.
2011 People still like chocolate. A lot. Between 2010 and 2011, 3.87 million tonnes of cocoa grind is expected to be produced. Fears of a world chocolate shortage have been fuelled by civil war in the Ivory Coast (the world’s biggest exporter of cocoa) and global warming. If ever there was a reason for a harmonious and sustainable society, it’s this.