Throughout the week I have been preparing some beautiful examples of Mayan stonework for the museum’s Chocolate Big Saturday tomorrow.
The Mayans established the first cocoa plantations in the lowlands of Yucatan, Central America, around 600 AD. The Aztecs were also great lovers of the cocoa pod, the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés claimed that the Aztec ruler Montezuma drank 50 cups of a cocoa based beverage called chocolatl every day. Mayan people still produce a similar cocoa drink today as you can see in the video below.
The event is an opportunity for our visitors to explore the history and science of chocolate. Not only will there be objects for handling from the Living Cultures collection but Botany too, such as cocoa pods, and there’ll be plenty of activities including a chocolate fountain!
Stephen Terence Welsh
Curator of Living Cultures