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History of Cocoa

According to the World Cocoa Foundation, the modern word “chocolate” stems from two words in Nahuatl, the language spoken by many native groups: chocolatl, which translated literally means “hot water,” and cacahuatl, which referred to a bitter beverage made with cocoa that was shared during religious ceremonies. The Aztecs called it “xocolatl”, meaning bitter water.