The history of chocolate.
In 14th century South America the highly coveted cacao bean was considered currency. In the 1500s the Spanish travelled to Mexico in search of gold, but they returned to Europe with cocoa which was only consumed by rulers and nobles. Chocolate remained a nectar of the ruling and wealthy until the early 1800s when a Dutch chemist invented the cocoa press, which revolutionised chocolate-making. In 1847, British chocolate company J.S. Fry & Sons created the first solid edible chocolate bar from cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar.