Are you a coffee addict? So many of us are, and the reason is well known. Temptation! How about the chocolate? First, welcome again to our pages, dear friends from the US, Brazil, India, Canada, Serbia, Algeria, and Hungary 😉
Chocolate has not always been the common confectionery we experience today. When it first arrived from the Americas into Europe in the 17th century it was a rare and mysterious substance, thought more of as a drug than as a food.
In the seventeenth century, Europeans who had not traveled overseas tasted coffee, hot chocolate, and tea for the very first time. For this brand new clientele, the brews of foreign beans and leaves carried within them the wonder and danger of far-away lands. They were classified at first not as food, but as drugs — pleasant-tasting, with recommended dosages prescribed by pharmacists and physicians, and dangerous when self-administered.
As they warned to the use and abuse of hot beverages, Europeans frequently experienced moral and physical confusion brought on by frothy pungency, unpredictable effects, and even (rumor had it) fatality.
Madame de Sévigné, marquise and diarist of court life, famously cautioned her daughter about chocolate in a letter when its effects still inspired awe tinged with fear: “And what do we make of chocolate? Are you not afraid that it will burn your blood? Could it be that these miraculous effects mask some kind of inferno [in the body]?
It is so funny to know that even chocolate was at one time a strange and suspicious item to have. Can you imagine this: while you’re moving around and hiding a bar of chocolate in your pocket, and being scared that someone else would find out about it, and caused trouble for you? OMG! This is hilarious! But many things in our lives started like that, exactly to chocolate when it was first introduced to people.
People tend to fear what they do not know. They will act anxious and worried to a great extent until they have full knowledge about something to categorize it if it was good or bad for them. So if you went back to that era and you were craving chocolate, you would most probably need to a prescription from your own physician to be able to eat a piece of chocolate!
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