What is 'Food of the gods' - Theobroma CACAO?
The mesmerizing allure of chocolate has earned it a multitude of nicknames over the centuries, one of the most captivating being the 'food of the gods.' But why is chocolate bestowed with this divine title? In this blog, we delve into the history, mythology, and the delectable qualities that have earned chocolate its heavenly reputation.
Divine Origins: From Myth to Reality
The term 'food of the gods' traces its origins to the ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica, where cacao, the primary ingredient in chocolate, held immense cultural and spiritual significance. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs believed that cacao was a divine gift from the gods themselves. It was used not only as sustenance but also in sacred rituals and ceremonies, enhancing its mystical aura.
An Offering to the Divine: Cacao in Mythology
In Mayan and Aztec mythology, cacao held a profound connection to deities and celestial beings. The Mayans regarded the cacao tree as a bridge between the earthly realm and the divine, while the Aztecs revered it as a symbol of abundance and vitality. This significance extended to their god, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent deity, who was believed to have planted the cacao trees in the tropical regions of southern Mexico.
Taste of Bliss: Chocolate's Exquisite Flavor
The rich, luxurious taste and velvety texture of chocolate are undoubtedly reminiscent of something extraordinary. This indulgent flavor profile, combined with the historical reverence for cacao, further solidifies its association with the divine. Just as the gods were believed to enjoy the finest offerings, chocolate's decadent taste evokes a sense of indulgence fit for celestial beings.
The Pleasure Principle: Elevating the Senses
The experience of consuming chocolate goes beyond its taste. Chocolate has the unique ability to trigger the release of endorphins and serotonin in the brain, which are often referred to as 'feel-good' chemicals. This biochemical response creates a sense of pleasure and happiness, akin to the euphoria that ancient civilizations may have associated with divine offerings.
Modern-Day Worship: Chocolate's Enduring Appeal
Though our perception of chocolate has evolved over time, the reverence for its exceptional qualities remains. The 'food of the gods' title pays homage to the history, mythology, and indulgent experience that chocolate encapsulates. Whether enjoyed as a solitary moment of bliss or shared among loved ones, chocolate continues to evoke a sense of joy and delight that transcends time.
Embrace the Chocolate Sensorial Heaven
To truly experience the allure of the "food of the gods", Cluizel invites you to experience a chocolate assortment that satisfies all tastes at once.
Dark Single Estate Chocolate Bars
These Dark Gourmet Chocolate Bars are crafted from selected cocoa beans from a Single Estate (farm).
- MANGARO: DARK 71%, Tasting notes: biscuit, tangy exotic fruits, gingerbread, hot cocoa, notes of citrus and pepper
- LA LAGUNA: DARK 70%, Tasting notes: plum, roasted cocoa, hot buttered apple, liquor ice, tangy notes, tropical pepper, refreshing minty notes.
- RIACHUELO: DARK 70%, Tasting notes: roasted cocoa beans, dried fruits and nuts, red currant, after melt of fruity sweet pepper and raw coco.
- LOS ANCONÈS: DARK 73%, Tasting notes: liquor ice stick and raw cocoa, tangy notes, hints of green olive, after melt of raisins and dried apricots.
- VILA GRACINDA: DARK 73%, Tasting notes: roasted, spiced and woody cocoa, grassy notes, after melt of tropical and candied fruits
- MOKAYA: DARK 75%, Tasting notes: notes of freshness, mild exotic fruits, honey, roasted almonds and hazelnuts, roasted and peppery fine cocoa, vanilla
- EL JARDÍN: DARK 75%, Tasting notes: hints of honey, caramel, mild tangy notes, roasted cocoa, peppery and woody notes, liquor ice notes, minty and fresh
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