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10 beans for a rabbit, 100 for a slave

May 5th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Cocoa beans, that is, and that´s just one of the things you can learn at Barcelona´s Museum of Chocolate :

  • The Aztec word xocoatl means “bitter water” — lily-livered Europeans were the first to flavor it with milk and sugar.
  • The scientific name Theobroma means “food of the gods” — an editorial comment by Linnaeus with which I thoroughly agree.
  • In my childhood, chocolate was one of the treats young Catholics were urged to give up for Lent. But Medieval monks were allowed plenty of chocolate during their many religious fasts — IMO, a classic early example of the way technology creates new temptations much faster than bureaucrats can create new sins.

Time to get off this smoky cafe computer, so hasta la vista*! Oh, one more discovery today–Barcelona hot chocolate is thick and black, like melted Hershey bars or hot chocolate pudding. I drank half a demitasse and I won´t need any lunch–not that I´m complaining!

* Also “fins aviat”–Josep Perarnau reminds me that Barcelona is in Catalonia as well as Spain, so the Catalan “see you later” is also on topic…

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