Hot chocolate from Coatepec, Veracruz, decorated with a star made of cocoa powder © Karen Hursh Graber, 2014

When the Church said “No” to chocolate

Chocolate, that perennial favorite, has been accused of being sinfully delicious, overly fattening, and the precursor to teenage complexion problems. Its history is intertwined with religion, and at one point was the cause of a theological donnybrook in the Catholic church in Mexico. “Food of the Gods,” is the literal translation of the name Theobroma. The name, […]

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