Mayan Coco Powder (1/2 cup)

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Hand blended from cacao powder, demerara sugar, almonds, ancho, Ceylon cinnamon, allspice and cloves.

Chocolate has a long and storied history in Mesoamerica (this area extends from central Mexico south into Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and northern Costa Rica). The world's first chocolate drink comes from this region. The Mayan word Ka'kau' comes from the language of the Olmec who are widely considered to be one of the earliest cultures of ancient Mesoamerica. This would mean that more than 2,500 years ago the Olmec had developed a sophisticated taste for this rich beverage. In addition to early writings describing consumption of this drink archeologists have performed chemical analysis of ceramic pots discovered in a Mayan tomb in Belize that date back to 600 BCE that show residue of a cacao liquid.