THE CHOCOLATICAL BLOG

It took Dr. Henry Stubbe’s The Indian Nectar, or, A discourse concerning chocolata (1662) one hundred and eighty four pages to make the case for one conclusion: chocolate is the new miracle of Europe. In an era desperate for a wonder drug, this essay presents Britain th...

Thomas Gage was one of the first Englishmen in Mesoamerica to document his experiences there, of which he had over a decade’s worth. His chronicle, The English-American, his travail by sea and land, or, A new survey of the West-India's, published in 1648, helped Gage es...

Chocolate rose to prominence in the medical and scientific world of the mid-seventeenth-century England, as it had in Spain earlier in the century. In fact, the curative properties of chocolate put many current ideas about science into question. In the course of his int...

In 1640 Captain James Wadsworth translated Antonio Colmenero de Ledesma’s landmark treatise under the title, A Curious Treatise of the Nature and the Quality of Chocolate. Wadsworth, who had never been to the colonies, but had been schooled in Spain, cleverly hid his id...

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