It's a known fact that chocolate is absolute greatest food item ever found on the face of the earth. It doesn't matter if it's in the form of a candy bar, pie, cookie, brownie, ice cream, or even all of those combined into some sort of mega dessert. No matter what form it takes, it does something magic inside your mouth. Maybe calling this a “known fact” is a stretch, but only just barely. When it comes to delicious sweets, chocolate definitely lives up to the hype.
Sure, maybe aliens have something better than chocolate, but that seems doubtful. After all, E.T. actually preferred Reese's Pieces, even though they don't contain any chocolate. Perhaps he didn't crave chocolate because he had never before eaten anything as tasty as chocolate.
In short, whoever discovered the magic of chocolate is a genius. Maybe we should just go ahead and worship chocolate, because it deserves as much praise as possible. In fact, such a thing has actually been done before.
Believe it or not, people have not been enjoying chocolate since the days of cavemen. The earliest use of cocoa may have been by the Olmec around 1900 BCE. As hard as it may be to believe that people once survived without electricity or TVs, they also somehow survived without chocolate.
The cocoa drink wasn't sweet, but it was still beloved by the Mayans. It became such an important part of the lives of Mayan royals and priests that it became known as the “food of the Gods.” And in their case, they meant that literally.
Eventually, the Mayans were conquered by the Aztecs. The Mayans were then forced to pay taxes to the Aztecs, but they didn't make the payments in the from of money. Instead, the Aztecs were paid in, you guessed it, cocoa.
Cocoa beans became a form of currency for the Aztecs. If you thought using Bitcoin as money seems a bit odd, imagine using chocolate instead. How did they every pay for things instead of just gorging all their delicious cocoa cash?
Cocoa was also involved in the Aztecs' religion as well. The story goes that the Aztec God of Vegetation, Quetzalcoatl, visited Earth and taught humans how to grow cocoa and make the chocolate drink. But the other gods believed this drink should be for gods only, not for humans, so they punished Quetzalcoatl by kicking him out of paradise.
Cocoa was even used by the Aztecs as an aphrodisiac. Aztec leader King Montezuma is believed to have consumed 50 cups of cocoa every day, but then would have an extra cup if he had a date that evening. Apparently, that one extra cup somehow made a huge difference!
Keep in mind that this is still the bitter form of chocolate, not yet mixed with sugar, and it was still the “food of the gods.” Just imagine if the Mayan and Aztecs had figured out how to make chocolate cake or chocolate pudding or chocolate Pop Tarts. If they had done that, either of those civilizations would probably be ruling the entire world to this day.