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Dancing the cocoa beans

Dancing the cocoa beans


Dancing the cocoa beans, from Cocoa: All About It by Historicus ,1896.

Cocoa, which was used to make chocolate, was grown on slave planations in the Caribbean and brought to Bristol for processing.

Chocolate was first used as a drink, sweetened with sugar to mask the bitter flavour of the chocolate. Later it was used for making eating chocolate. At this period, most people drank beer, wine or spirits. Water was not safe to drink, tea coffee and chocolate were expensive. Quakers promoted drinking chocolate as an alternative to alcohol.

Creator: Cocoa: All About It

Date: 1896

Copyright: Copyright BCC Library Service

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