February 5, 2008

La Tienda owner provides passionate history of chocolate & Spain

02_08_web_photo.jpgDon Harris, an aficionado of Spain for more than 40 years, wrote a really brief but informative blog post about Spanish chocolate on his site, LaTienda leading up to Valentine's Day.

He starts in 1544 and moves through Columbus, Cortés and Prince Philip II; chocolate's origin in the Amazon; all the way through World War II. Its a great read for anyone wanting to learn more about the role of Spain in the chocolate world (hint: its a pretty big role).

Our favorite excerpt is below...mostly because we too want to build a chocolate room in our house!

"Soon any Spanish nobleman worth his salt reconfigured his house so that he would have a Chocolate Room - usually situated between the Large Hall and the drawing room. There, as a man of leisure, he would spend hours in pleasant conversation with significant friends and political associates."

Read the whole post here.

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Posted by Bob Wallace at February 5, 2008 10:19 AM
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