La Tienda in the Press
- January 09, 2013
This Valentine’s Day, Spanish Chocolate Makes History at LaTienda.comExplore the exotic history of Spanish chocolate this Valentine's Day.
As the signature gift of Valentine’s Day, chocolate’s exotic history stretches back to ancient Mesoamerica where it was the bitter, and often spicy beverage of choice for the ruling elite. Spaniards added cane sugar to the concoction and chocolate was first introduced to Europe in 1544. Spanish friars, accompanied by Mayans from Guatemala, presented containers of frothed, sweetened chocolate to the future King Philip II. He and his court were understandably enchanted.