[Sca-cooks] North American Chocolate Trade

Sam Wallace guillaumedep at gmail.com
Fri Mar 18 07:58:31 PDT 2011

I thought this might be of interest to the group:

"Chocolate may have provided sweet impetus for extensive trade between
ancient northern and southern societies in the Americas. Pueblo people
living in what’s now the U.S. Southwest drank a cacao-based beverage
that was imported from Mesoamerican cultures in southern Mexico or
Central America, a new chemical analysis of Pueblo vessels finds."

The article continues from there. A quick Google search shows several
repeats of the the same basic information. the article does not say
what other ingredients were detected along with the cacao, though. I
was unable to find contact information for the person who led the
research effort, Dorothy Washburn on the University of Pennsylvania
web site, though there are a lot of hits when donig a local search for
her name. It would be very interesting to find out what additives were
present in the chocolate (maize, spice, sweetener).


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