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The roasted beans were ground into a paste, mixed with water, spices, seeds and nuts and transformed into a thick, bitter drink called xocoatl that was prized by rulers who believed it possessed magical, aphrodisiac and perhaps divine powers.
The word chocolate can be traced back 2000+ years all the way to the Aztec word "xocoatl," which meant
Cacao became an important cash crop once the Aztec delicacy xocoatl (chocolate) became all the rage in Continental society.