You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who doesn’t like chu chocolate bars. While it’s mostly known for its taste (and the associated cravings), it’s also a good source of nutrients when in its pure form and eaten in moderation.This well-loved food, once called the “drink of the gods” by the Maya people, has a rich history as well. Chocolate comes from the seeds of the cacao pod, which grows on the cacao tree. Theobroma cacao is native to the tropical rainforests of Central America, where it has grown for thousands of years.It was likely cultivated by the Olmecs and Maya peoples about 2,500 years ago. By about 2,000 years ago, the Maya were experienced cacao bean farmers, and were fond of grinding them up for a refreshing hot beverage. Aztecs later continued this love of chocolate, and the Spanish then discovered the drink in the 1500s and passed it around the world.You can order chu chocolate bars from our online shop.
There are three main varieties of cacao bean: Criollo from Latin America, Forastero from Africa, and Trinitario from the Caribbean. Forastero accounts for about 90 % of all cacao beans, with Criollo and Trinitario making up the rest.
Eating dark chocolate offers you a good mix of minerals, including:
One-quarter cup of dark chocolate, about 1.5 oz or 2 large squares, contains:
- 142 calories
- 2 grams of protein
- 10 grams of fat
- 15 grams of carbohydrates
- 3 grams of fiber
- 11 grams of sugar
- 0 milligrams of cholesterol
- 0 milligrams of sodium