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19th Century Drinking Chocolate Ceramics, London. Image: special thanks to George C. Birlant & Co. (Antiques), Charleston, SC 

As far back as 1556, when an unknown European noted that drinking chocolate was the “most wholesome and substantial of any food or beverage in the world, because whoever drinks a cup of this can go through the day without taking anything else,” drinking a cup of chocolate was esteemed for its sweet tasting and practicality. While tea was a popular social beverage among the wealthy, demand for chocolate climbed because “drinking chocolate was affordable to all classes of people.” Read more here.

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