A very short history of chocolate through the ages and courses

Appearing more than 3 500 years ago in pre-Columbian America, the consumption of infused cocoa crosses the Atlantic with the return of the Spanish conquistadors to their land of origin at the beginning of the sixteenth century.

Adopted by the Court of Charles V, which softens its bitter and spicy taste by incorporating vanilla, honey and then sugar, chocolate becomes the popular drink of the greats of Spain, a sign of elegance and distinction more than any other beverage because of its rare Tee.

Throughout the seventeenth century, aristocrats and European courts succumbed to this new passion.

In France, chocolate appeared at the court at the beginning of the seventeenth century thanks to Queen Anne of Austria, wife of Louis XIII, who gradually imposed it as one of the emblematic drinks of the Court of France

The art of French chocolate was born in Versailles.

Versailles and French chocolate art

The reign of the Sun King saw the triumph of chocolate at the Court of Versailles. His wife, Queen Maria Theresa of Austria, had the reputation of having two passions: "The King and the Chocolate".

Drinking chocolate becomes a habit for many courtiers who indulge in this luxury and prestige drink that is still inaccessible to the French people.

Fashion sometimes turns into excessive mania so much so that the Sun King is forced to regulate its consumption at court. It was during the reign of his successor, Louis XV, that French chocolate really flourished at the Court of Versailles.

The latter dedicates it a true cult, loving more than anything to prepare it himself according to his own recipe in the company of his privileged close guard or his mistresses. There are many who lend cocoa
a reputation as an aphrodisiac drink.