THE CHOCOLATICAL BLOG

“I therefore hope, that for the future, the Europeans will be wise and reject Coffee, Chocolate, and Tea, since they are all either equally bad, or equally good” -Simon Paulli, 1661 (166-67)

Despite what many early writers featured on this blog recount about chocolate be...

September 19, 2016

D. de Quélus, the author of the 1720 Natural History of Chocolate is a hard man to pin down. He goes by Quélus, Chélus, Caïlus, or Caylus. In The Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce, the author of the entry on cacao refers to Quélus as “a judicious traveler who h...

Duncan provides a unique viewpoint against the sin of overindulgence in his 1705 treatise, Wholesome Advice Against the Abuse of Hot Liquors, Particularly of Coffee, Chocolate, Tea. Unwilling to play devil’s advocate, the treatise provides a passionate counter argument...

September 5, 2016

Chocolate is a favorite of in-vogue nutrition experts trying to expose the cure-all for human health.  They have attributed many different and fantastic benefits to chocolate, including stroke prevention, intelligence, and a stronger heart (Heller, 2012; 2015). Besides...

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