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The ancient Mayan tradition of chocolate making

Of all its delicious offerings, chocolate is Guatemala’s most divine treat. The ancient Mayan tradition of chocolate making is a 2,500-year-old cultural legacy kept alive by dedicated farmers, roasters and chocolatiers. Hang on to your sweet tooth as we follow the “food of the Gods” from a simple seed on a cacao tree all the way to becoming a luxurious dessert.

Great Big Story takes us to Guatemala, where chocolate dates back to around 500 B.C. during the Mayan empire: Victor Alfredo Diaz Can shares how cacao is grown in Chocolá, while Brenda Elizabeth Oliva Sicán and Fernando Arias both show us how they makes artisanal chocolate in Antigua.

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