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Ancient Mayans were the first people to discovered the joys of chocolate. The first cacao tree was found in a rainforest.
It was not the sweet food we enjoy today, however. All those centuries ago, chocolate was enjoyed as a drink that was very bitter, but used often all the same.
After becoming cherished as a drink, chocolate found its way to Europe in the early 1500s. The Spanish soon began to add sweeteners.
It has actually been in more recent times that milk chocolate and the sweeter versions that we enjoy today have been available.