“It melts ever so slowly on your tongue and tortures you with pleasure.” –Yvette Marceau
This quote from the movie Chocolat describes the pleasure and feelings that chocolate can evoke in most people.
When we visited Clarens in December last year we came across a small shop Mc Kinley Chocolates, where I took these photos
We met the owner and chocolate maker Calen Thomas, who originally comes from Alaska and recently moved to Ficksburg in the Eastern Free State. Chocolate making is his passion and it shows in the beauty and delicacy of his products.
When I researched the origins of chocolate, I learnt the following:
The tasty secret of the cacao (kah KOW) tree was discovered 2,000 years ago in the tropical rainforests of the Americas. The pods of this tree contain seeds that can be processed into chocolate. The story of how chocolate grew from a local Mesoamerican beverage into a global sweet encompasses many cultures and continents.
The first people known to have made chocolate were the ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America. These people, including the Maya and Aztec, mixed ground cacao seeds with various seasonings to make a spicy, frothy drink.
Later, the Spanish conquistadors brought the seeds back home to Spain, where new recipes were created. Eventually, and the drink’s popularity spread throughout Europe. Since then, new technologies and innovations have changed the texture and taste of chocolate, but it still remains one of the world’s favorite flavors.
Information from: http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/chocolate/history.html
As in the movie Chocolat, chocolate can bring people together, be a peace offering between friends and lovers and is often used as an emotional crutch in times of stress. ( especially by women of whom I am one)
What prompted me to write about chocolate now, you might wonder?
It is Easter weekend and easter eggs of all sizes, easter bunnies and chocolate baskets filled with treats, tempt us in all the shops.
However being a Christian in faith, I have to remind myself not to be distracted by all these tasty treats from the real reason we have this weekend. The fact is, this is the time of the year when Christians all over the world remember that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and rose on the third day to take up His place sitting on the right hand of God the Father while the Holy Spirit now is with us on earth to be our Councellor and friend in the midst of our everyday lives.
Jesus promised this, when He predicted his death and resurrection in :
John 14: 15 – 21 ( NIV Bible )
“If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him,because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”