THE CHOCOLATICAL BLOG

October 31, 2016

Seventeenth-century treatises on cacao such as those featured here were published as medical literature or botanicals, and are now catalogued among the rare books of pharmaceutical libraries. Chocolate was consistently sold as a drug for more than two centuries of its E...

October 24, 2016

The ironies abound when Candide and his new traveling companion, Martin, a downtrodden scholar, arrive in Venice. Their destination is the home of Count Pococurante, a wealthy Venetian senator with a riverside home known for its beauty. More importantly for this scene,...

October 10, 2016

While treatises constitute an important and authoritative source for ideas about chocolate in the period before caffeine, chocolate also shows up in a host of other media from painting and literature to royal decrees and pharmaceutical advertisements. These books and ep...

October 4, 2016

Pierre-Joseph Buc’hoz, a doctor of medicine and natural science by training, had every reason to write a book about chocolate in 1787. Though employed notably as the physician to king Stanislaw I of Poland, who was also the Duke of Lorraine, and then physician of Monsie...

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