Unwrap the fascinating story of chocolate through the ages.

Learn about global history through the lens of one of our most beloved foods — chocolate!

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Pre-Columbian Era

Chocolate has been enjoyed as a drink for over 3,500 years.

16th Century

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16th Century

A world-shaping discovery is made: Explorers from Europe are introduced to cocoa beans in the Americas.

17th Century

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17th Century

Chocolate becomes the drink of choice for the privileged and working class in the Old World and New.

18th Century

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18th Century

Chocolate is officially given its name: Theobroma Cacao, and becomes a hot commodity in the colonies.

19th Century

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19th Century

Chocolate undergoes exciting changes, going from a drink to a smooth, shiny bar.

20th Century

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20th Century

Chocolate enters its golden age — from crossing the Atlantic, summiting Everest and zooming into space!

21st Century

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21st Century

White chocolate becomes official, Mars sequences and annotates the cocoa genome.