The first cocoa recipes

I thought that I would share these two drawings that show the early stages of cocoa consumption.

What I finding amazing about both of these drawings, are their similarities, and it really shows how the Spanish were influenced by the cocoa drink recipe first created by the Aztecs.

16th century drawing showing the Aztecs preparing the special spicy cocoa drink

16th century drawing showing the Aztecs preparing the special spicy cocoa drink

Spanish azulejo depicting the making of the hot cocoa drink, 17th century azulejo

17th century Spanish azulejo depicting the making of the hot cocoa drink

It is interesting to see how in both drawings, they are using wooden sticks to froth the cocoa, which later became more refined with the creation of wooden frothers, or moussoirs à bois, to create a dense chocolate foam on top of the renowned fashionable 18th century “chocolat mousseux”.



Categories: Chocolatiers, Cocoa

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2 replies

  1. A very interesting series of posts. Thanks.

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