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Legend of Chocolate - Origin, Story and Hot Chocolate Recipe

Updated on March 18, 2016
This is my rendition of Quetzalcoatl that I completed in 2011.  I have since sold this painting, but I had started painting a series of the various gods in the Aztec pantheon.
This is my rendition of Quetzalcoatl that I completed in 2011. I have since sold this painting, but I had started painting a series of the various gods in the Aztec pantheon. | Source

The Story of Where We Get Chocolate

This story comes to us from present-day Mexico. It tells the legendary story of where chocolate came from, as well as some real facts about Chocolate.

After the story, you’ll see a recipe for some Mexican Hot Chocolate.

The Toltecas in Mexico

Once, long ago, there lived a people called the Toltecas. They were related to the Aztecs. They were poor and hungry. Though they worked hard to find food, they didn’t know how to properly grow and cook it.

As the gods looked down upon them, they wondered what to do. The god Quetzalcoatl decided to descend to the earth and teach the Toltecas about food.

As the people looked eastward toward the rising sun, a flash appeared and a little dot of light followed the rays of the morning star to the earth. Suddenly, the little dot of light transformed into a human.

At first, the Toltecas were fearful. But, they began to see that this was no ordinary human. He seemed to have special powers. He had abilities that others could only dream about. They began to worship this superhuman.

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The formal name is Tula de Allende, Mexico. It was the Toltec capital that was known as Tollan.

His Name Was Quetzalcoatl

Immediately, the Toltecas set to work building a palace in the middle of their city, Tollan, now known as Tula. The house was grandiose: it had pillars with human-like carvings, a grand staircase and the Toltecas used the best stone they could find.

This superhuman became known as Quetzalcoatl. He invited other gods to reign over the Toltecas, as well.

Tlaloc was the god of rain, and also served as a creator of life.

Xochiquetzal was the wife of Tlaloc. She was the goddess of happiness and love, and shared her knowledge of how to make pulque, a fermented drink from the maguey tree, with the Toltecas.

All three were good gods. They helped teach the Toltecas how to farm and make nutritious, healthy food. They showed them how to be artists and to study the stars. They also showed the people how to use the calendar and to calculate the best times for seed plantings and harvests.

The Toltecas learned how to master the art of planting maize, beans, yucca, as well as other fruits, vegetables and grains.

Unprocessed cacao beans.  Cacao beans are where we get cocoa.
Unprocessed cacao beans. Cacao beans are where we get cocoa. | Source

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Quetzalcoatl Brought the People Cacao

Once the Toltecas had learned to be expert farmers, Quetzalcoatl wanted to give the people another gift: a cacao plant. He did not tell the people he had stolen this plant from his twin brother.

Quetzalcoatl knew that his brother only wanted this plant for himself and the other gods. All the gods in heaven felt that the people were not deserving of the drink from this special plant.

Quetzalcoatl did not feel this way. He swiped the tree when his brother wasn’t watching. It was so beautiful with its small green leaves growing from its low-hanging branches.

Quetzalcoatl immediately planted the cacao in the earth. He asked Tlaloc to use his powers and send rain to the plant. Then he told Xochiquetzal to use her talents to adorn it with flowers. She picked beautiful, small red flowers that would complement the leaves.

The field never looked more beautiful.

Once the tree fruited, Quetzalcoatl gathered the little pods. The seeds remained inside.

He showed the people how to toast the seeds in the pods and then use gourds, heavy with water, to smash them.

Cacao Was Too Precious...

At first, only the priests and nobles were allowed to consume the drink that resulted. It was very bitter. The people used the syrup from the buzzing bees to sweeten the flavor.

When the Spanish arrived in the Land of the Toltecas, they learned to drink this special liquid at a hot temperature with milk and sugar.

Cacao started to become very precious. People began using it as money.

But then Quetzalcoatl’s brother found out what he had done.

Though the Toltecas were prospering and doing well with what Quetzalcoatl had shared with them, the gods became very jealous. They swore they would avenge their honor.

The gods sought out Quetzalcoatl’s enemy, Texcatlipoca. While Quetzalcoatl was the god of light, Texcatlipoca was the god of darkness.

Texcatlipoca decided to come to the earth disguised as a spider. He snuck into Quetzalcoatl’s palace unseen.

Quetzalcoatl had been tired and sad. He had a bad dream that the gods in heaven were going to take revenge on him. He also feared for the Toltecas, his people. What would the gods do to them? Right now, they were healthy and happy. Would they lose everything?

Interesting Facts About Quetzalcoatl and Cacao

  • Quetzalcoatl had a twin brother.
  • Chocolate comes from cacao. The Aztec word for chocolate is xocoatl, from which we get the English word.
  • Cacao only grows in riparian zones, meaning it needs lots of rain and good soil. It likes to grow under the big leaves of banana or casaca trees.
  • Though many believe that chocolate originated in Mexico, evidence suggests that it actually comes from the Amazon basin originally.
  • Cacao only grows wild near the Amazon and Orinoco basins in the lowland rain forests. In cultivation, over 20 countries produce cacao trees whose seeds will eventually become cocoa powder or chocolate.

Would the People Lose Everything?

Texcatlipoca transformed himself into a merchant selling drinks of pulque. When Quetzalcoatl approached, he offered him some. It was the same kind of drink that Xochiquetzal taught the people to make.

As they toasted, Texcatlipoca told Quetzalcoatl, “may you forget your sorrows and live happily. You have been tired and sad. Take this drink so that you can return to happiness, as well as bring happiness to your people.”

Not knowing the merchant was a trickster, Quetzalcoatl took the drink. He drank until he didn’t feel like himself. This pleased Texcatlipoca who was smiling in an evil way at Quetzalcoatl.

Almost immediately, Quetzalcoatl began to sing and dance loudly. His speech was slurred and he acted very erratically. He danced and sang until he collapsed from exhaustion. The people watched in horror at this spectacle of their beloved Quetzalcoatl.

When Quetzalcoatl awakened, he realized he no longer reined over the Toltecas. He felt ashamed of his behavior. He had let his people down. He had let himself down. The people of Tollan were now enduring great hardships.

Quetzalcoatl was so embarrassed by his actions and the ensuing devastation of his lands. He quickly gathered his things and ran toward the evening star.

It pained him greatly to see the beautiful cacao plants once so green and vibrant, now withered and dry. They wouldn’t produce any cacao seeds again!

Quetzalcoatl continued on his journey. As he got to the western beaches, he looked back from whence he came.

He cast a sad smile on the land and scattered a few remaining seeds of cacao onto the landscape. He had managed to save a few in his pocket from before he drank the pulque. This would be his last gift to the people.

Now the cacao plant grows in tropical areas, and never in the mountains. This is because these were the last areas to see the footsteps of Quetzalcoatl, the one who insisted on bringing chocolate to the people.

Mexican Hot Chocolate.  Yum!
Mexican Hot Chocolate. Yum! | Source
Unsweetened chocolate - 100% cacao.
Unsweetened chocolate - 100% cacao. | Source

Make Some Mexican Hot Chocolate

If all this reading about chocolate has made you crave this yummy treat, why not make some Mexican Hot Chocolate? It's perfect on a cloudy day and with its sweet, creamy texture, your friends and family will beg for more!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar

3 oz. unsweetened chocolate (I used a Ghirardelli baking bar in the video)

1 tsp. cinnamon

5 cups milk

2 beaten eggs

2 tsp. vanilla

Make Your Mexican Hot Chocolate:

1. In a large saucepan, add the milk, sugar, cinnamon and the chocolate. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate melts.

2. When the chocolate has melted, add the remaining 4 cups of milk. Stir constantly until hot.

3. Remove one cup of the hot mixture using a ladle. Add the beaten eggs to the cup of hot mixture that you removed, and mix until thoroughly blended. Add the egg mixture back into the saucepan.

4. Heat through. When hot, add the vanilla.

5. As an optional step, you can beat the mixture with an electric blender to make it more frothy.

6. Ladle into cups, top with whipped cream and add a cinnamon stick for an extra special touch.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 11 months ago from Western NC

      Christy - oh, you're just the sweetest like some GOOOOOOD hot chocolate! Hehe. Glad you liked it and so thrilled you came by! Sending you HUGZ! xo

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      Christy Birmingham 12 months ago

      I'm going to have a cup of hot chocolate today and think of this hub! Great to learn so much from your thorough research here :) SWEET you are, as sweet as chocolate xx

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 2 years ago from Western NC

      Perspycacious - aww, thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed this. I am, in fact, teaching this unit to my third graders and yes, we're going to make Mexican hot chocolate. :D I can't wait!

      I hope you're having the happiest of Thanksgiving days! xox

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Folk tales are precious insights into ancient people's lives. Fine Hub. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. On a really cold winter day (and some are coming here in the mountains) your video will inspire a celebration of Mexican Hot Chocolate. Thanks.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      InglesJ - Gracias. :) I appreciate your kind words.

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      inglesj 3 years ago

      Hi Cclitgirl. That's answeme hub! Love the maps and the way you describe things! Cool :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Joedolphin88 - haha, it's yummy! Thanks so much for coming by!

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      Joe 3 years ago from north miami FL

      Mexican hot chocolate sounds good. Didn't even know the origin, great story and information

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Boutiqueshops - haha, sorry. I know between the music, photos and reading about chocolate...I always end up having to make some hot chocolate after reading this, but generally in the wintertime. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Sylvia 3 years ago from Corpus Christi, Texas

      Yummm...now I'm craving some authentic Mexican hot chocolate as it was made by my ancestors. Well done!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 3 years ago from Western NC

      Crystal - haha, I KNOW, right? Mmm. Chocolate. Especially if it has milk and sugar in it. Thanks for coming by!

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      Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

      If I must die, let it be by chocolate. I curse and bless whoever invented it. Love that you included the recipe and video. Great hub.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Suzie - thank you so much! Chocolate is my weakness, too. Though I like the less healthful milk chocolate so much. And caramel. And peanut butter. And I have such a sweet tooth!

      Thank you for taking a look at my art. I appreciate your kind words and thoughts!

      Audrey - so great to see you! I can't wait to read your poem on your blog today!

      Vicki - thank you. I love some yummy chocolate and Mexican hot chocolate is really, really, really good. :D

      Martie - life would NOT be the same without chocolate, that's for sure. Hehe. Thank you so much.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Beautiful story/legend about the origin of chocolate. What will life be without chocolate?

      Voted up, interesting and awesome!

      Thank you, cclitgirl :)

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, CC, you really did a lot of research for this hub. The Mexican Hot Chocolate sounds great. Yummy! Great job!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Great hub Cyndi! And I have to say it! I knew chocolate was heavenly!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi CC,

      What an excellent hub! Loved the story, you have such a gift of storytelling. Your video is great, easy to follow and fab music!! chocolate is my weakness i have to admit, chocoholic that's me with a capital C !!

      Your art is stunning, delighted you sold the painting, love the colors and design of it.Brilliant unique way of bringing chocolate to us in a most creative, artistic way, really loved it! Votes +++++ shared and pinned!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Thanks, Ruby! I appreciate you stopping by and giving me such awesome feedback. :) I had so much fun researching and writing this hub. I'm definitely a chocolate lover, for sure. Hehe. (HUGS)

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      Maree Michael Martin 5 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I really loved all the history you gave too. The rendition you did of Quetzalcoatl is fantastic. What a great hub, full of such wonderful chocolate information, very well done! Shared it all over the place. Mexican Hot Chocolate is the BEST.

      Thank you so much!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      alocsin - hey there! Isn't Mexican hot chocolate so yummy? MMMM. Even in North Carolina, there are restaurants that can serve it, too. Thanks for the votes and for your feedback. :)

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      That is a great video, reinforced by the text version. I love Mexican hot chocolate -- fortunately, here in Southern California, it's available at some Mexican restaurants. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Austinstar - hmm, keep the eggs out, use some almond milk and add some ice. You'll have a cool chocolate. Hehe.

      My Quetzalcoatl painting was done in acrylic on canvas. I sold it in Waynesville, NC at a little frame shop where it was part of an art show. :) I need to get back to doing more of these paintings. One of these days I will. :D

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      Lela 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Eggs in hot chocolate? I never heard of this before.

      Almond milk is not only a good alternative to cow's milk it is much healthier too. Less fat, calories and more calcium.

      Too bad it's already hot in Texas or I would make some of this right now!

      P.S. What was your medium for the Quetzalcoatl painting? And where did you sell it?

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      tammyswallow - here you go: ( |#| ) virtual chocolate for everyone! Hehe. Thanks for coming by! I'm so glad you liked this. ;)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      natures47friend - hi there! Chocolately details oh my! I LOVE chocolate. :) Thank you for coming by. I appreciate your comments and insights. Thank you for the kudos. (HUGS)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I love this hub! I hope you brought some chocolate for all of us!

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      natures47friend 5 years ago from Sunny Art Deco Napier, New Zealand.

      Brilliant details about chocolate. I have trouble passing it especially when on special in the supermarket!

      Hot choccy with eggs is new to me...could be interesting. Loved the video too. Voted up and interesting.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      midnightbliss - thank you so much for stopping by. :) I appreciate your feedback. (HUGS)

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      Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      Loved your hub! Think it's time for a little chocolate :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      @ vespawoolf - (HUGS) - thank you so much for your kind words and comments. I really appreciate your thoughts and insights. :)

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Great, thanks for the tip!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      vespawoolf - thanks for stopping by! When you make the hot chocolate with eggs, it gives it a really rich and thick flavor. Just be sure to mix constantly and make sure the mixture is very hot. :)

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Your video is too cute and I love all the info about chocolate and the recipe, too. I've never made hot chocolate with eggs but plan to try it soon. Thank you!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      thoughtforce - great to see you! I appreciate your kind words and insights. I love a great chocolate recipe. This is definitely a yummy one! :) Thank you for the votes and kudos. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Hello, theclevercat! Great to see you! Mmm, when you make it for one, here's what I would do. Add 1 cup milk, 1 oz. unsweetened chocolate and mix until melted. Then, add cinnamon, vanilla and a little bit of sugar to taste. I haven't made it for one person, but that's how I would do it if I did. ;) Thanks for coming by and for the votes. :)

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This hub is simply fantastic and packed with interesting information! The video makes it even better. I love chocolate in every way and this recipe looks like a winner to me!

      Wonderful hub and I enjoyed reading! voted up, interesting

      Tina

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Mmmmm! Have you made the Mexican hot choc for one? I don't want to make that much, but it sounds wonderful!

      Great Hub! Very enjoyable reading. Voted up and awesome!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Om - I agree! I don't know how true this is, but I've heard that chocolate can help you if you're in a depressed mood. But, it might just be the same kind of thing as "comfort food" that you hear about. In any case, feel free to go relax with some yummy hot chocolate. ;)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Chaplin - great to see you! I drew you in with some Mexican Hot Chocolate - hehe. Yummy! Thank you for your kind words. (HUGS)

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      What a lovely hub! I enjoyed reading the tale of Quetzalcoatl and watching your video. I guess there's something really special about chocolate. At the end of a long horrible day, a big cup of hot chocolate can definitely make me feel better; it always has a soothing effect on me.

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      A wonderful story and Hub! I like how you started and ended with the hot chocolate. Awesome layout!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Glenn Stok - sorry about the ending. :) But, wait! There is one happy tidbit: we got chocolate! Hehe. I hope you enjoy the chocolate drink. Dark chocolate is definitely better for you. I will eat dark chocolate, but, sadly, I do love some milk chocolate, too. Thanks so much for stopping by! Cheers!

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      Glenn Stok 5 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I was hoping for a happy ending to the story of Quetzalcoatl losing his rein over his land. All because of drinking a hot chocolate drink from Texcatlipoca. Awesome story.

      Oh well, I still will let myself enjoy that delicious brew from your video. And I agree that dark chocolate is the best. It's definitely the healthiest.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      thumbi7 - Great to see you! I'm so glad you stopped by. Thank you so much for your kind words and input. Hubhugs!!

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      JR Krishna 5 years ago from India

      Interesting read!

      Loved your photos and recipe:)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vellur - great to see you!! Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting. I LOVE some yummy chocolate! Thank you for the compliments, too. Have a WONDERFUL day!

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      Spellbound reading the legend. Loved your hub and thoroughly enjoyed reading.The mexican hot chocolate looks yummy. Voted up. I love anything to do with chocolate. Thankyou for this delicious and tasteful hub. Awesome!!!!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      cardelean - hehe, I'm glad you liked the music. It definitely put me in a salsa-dancing mood. I kept dreaming about that song last night, too, after using it in the video. XD Hmm, you might have to make a hub about "Cocoa Ice" - I have never heard of that. :) Thanks for stopping by. (HUGS)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Nicely done on that first video CC! I loved the music that you added to the background. Thanks for the link and I will be linking yours to mine as well. Chocolate is my weakness as well. What a great legend. When I read this it reminded me of a story that we used to read when I taught third grade called Cocoa Ice. It explained how cocoa is made. I'm going to share this one for sure!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      europewalker - ah, 80 degrees sounds lovely! It's only 64 where I am. Though, at this very moment, I think I want water. I just got back from a hike. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      europewalker 5 years ago

      Enjoyable hub! I love chocolate and have some type of chocolate everyday. Will be trying the mexican hot chocolate recipe on a cooler day. It is 80 degrees outside, think I will have some chocolate ice cream!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Melovy - ya know, I *almost* envy you. I have a weakness for chocolate and can't control myself. ;) I wish I didn't like it so much. That's why I envy you. Haha. Do you have any idea how much chocolate I have consumed since writing this hub yesterday? XD (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      randomcreative - thank you so much for the compliments. I have been scared chickenless - to coin a new term - to try the video feature. Funny, when I clicked on "video" to make the hub, I didn't realize quite what I was getting into. I spent the day really trying to figure out the video stuff. This the first result. It's a relief to see positive comments from fellow hubbers - thank you. :) It was fun putting the text and music together with it.

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      Yvonne Spence 5 years ago from UK

      Great hub. I’m not a fan of hot chocolate, but I’m sure my kids will love this as they definitely are fans! I agree with random creative that the video is brilliant.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great hub! Lots of fun information here. You did an awesome job with the video.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Turtlewoman - Oh, I sooo hope your suggestion helps girltalksshop. Oh man, all this talk of chocolate and churros has really got my sweet tooth aching hehe. Thanks so much for stopping by again. (HUGS) Tell me how you like the hot chocolate. When I drank it, it was soooo filling. It's like a chocolate breakfast meal all in one or something. :D

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Healthy Pursuits - haha, at least I'm definitely not alone in my weakness for chocolate. I love legendary stories like this for sure. :) Thanks for stopping by! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      girltalksshop - so sorry that your tummy doesn't like hot chocolate. Check out Turtlewomans' comment - will almond milk help? Thanks for the votes and at least the boys will get some hot-chocolate-y joy. :) (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Lesley - thanks for stopping by! I love finding these sorts of legends and sharing. Thank you for the votes. (HUGS)

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      If you don't mind- I want to answer girltalksshop' s concern. Regular milk is really hard to digest for some people (like myself!) Try almond milk- it works for me.

      And cclitgirl, don't get me started on churros!!! Ohh yummy. I'm off to make some of your hot chocolate now to go with this gloomy weather.

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      Karla Iverson 5 years ago from Oregon

      What a wonderful hub - chocolate, video recipe and a great legend! You can tell how important and cherished chocolate has been since ancient times when there is a creation story about it.

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      girltalksshop 5 years ago

      I love chocolate, but unfortunately my stomach doesn't like hot chocolate. Odd huh? I voted your hub up and interesting though. My sons love the hot drink. : ) Great hub...had to bookmark it!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Your video is fantastic, well done! I thoroughly enjoyed the story and reading about the legends, an excellent hub, voted up and sharing.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Turtlewoman, you made me giggle. The "sincerely, chocolate-lover" part is priceless. Haha. Thank you for this feedback. I wasn't sure if the video would work right at the top, but I thought, well, what the heck, some salsa music to get people in the mood is good. Hehehe.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Mmmm...churros...mmm...with some Mexican wedding cakes. Uh-oh...I feel another hub coming on. :) Thanks, alocsin. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      tammy - great to see you! I was thinking of doing the salsa WHILE I was making the hot chocolate. I had to restrain myself, hehe. Let me know how you like the Mexican Hot Chocolate. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      teaches - I'm glad you enjoyed my "history" lesson. :D Oh and that MHC is so thick and creamy...I'll never be able to drink a cup of regular hot chocolate again. :)

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      Kim Lam 5 years ago from California

      Oh my, I need to get started on creating videos too. Your video just brought your your hub to life! I want to dance and drink Mexican hot chocolate now!

      Sincerely, chocolate-lover.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I was going to protest your title at first glance -- chocolate is not a legend but a very real food for me ;)

      But then the hub is really about the origins of chocolate, which is great. Love the recipe in the end, though I'd add some churros to make it perfect. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Your video is so much fun. Makes me want to salsa dance while I am cooking. It was nice to read about the history of one of my favorite things in the world. I am going to try the coco recipie. Well done and so much fun!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Great chocolate history lesson and it leads to a cup of yummy Mexican Hot Chocolate, one of my favorite delights!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Lilleyth - thank you for stopping by!! :) I love chocolate, too. I was having some major cravings as I was writing this. :D (HUGS)

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      Great information, enjoyed this very much as I can't live without my chocolate!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      rajan - great to see you! I'm so glad you enjoyed the legend and the video. Chocolate is my weakness, too. I can't have it in the house because I have no willpower. Thank you for the votes and compliments. (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      goodlady - I am so glad you stopped by! I love learning the "legendary" stories of other cultures. I teach my kiddos in Spanish class about this legend. Here's to a nice treat of "xocoatl." :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      rasta1 - great to see you! I'm so glad you enjoyed this story. May you enjoy a wonderful piece of chocolate today. :)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Vinaya - thanks for reading! Great to see you! There is a lot out there about the history of chocolate, but not so much about its legends. I'm so glad you found this interesting. :) (HUGS)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A very interesting Mexican legend of the chocolates' origin. You have uploaded an excellent video, makes it so easy to make this recipe. Chocolates in any form are my weakness.

      BTW that's a wonderful painting of Quetzalcoat.

      Voted up, awesome and interesting.

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      goodlady 5 years ago

      Nice legend! Good to see how the use of video is a big plus and thanks for the cookery lesson.

      Adore chocolate, eating it and knowing about it - and have voted for my favorite 'xocoatl' (love knowing about that chocolate word origin).

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I enjoyed this story, I am glad I stopped by.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I have read about the history of chocolates but sadly not the legends. This is quite an interesting read. Loved you pictures and videos.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Sunshine! My ray of wonder! Hehe. Thank you for stopping by. You are so sweet and you make my days brighter - always. I LOVE chocolate - it's my weakness. I often DO NOT buy it at the store because I have no willpower. None. Zilch. If it's chocolate and it's in the house, it's MINE! Ha! (HUGS)

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      sandra - yes, it's my first video...I've been scared to try, but I made myself do it. :) Hehe. Yes, I'm there with you. The whole time I was writing this, I've been having bad chocolate cravings. Bad! Haha. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Ardie - HUGS to you! :D Thanks for stopping by! Hehe, I had been a chicken to try videos myself until I learned - TODAY - how to convert files and add text...and not in moviemaker. YES! That's why I haven't been around to comment on my friends' hubs...been busy trying to figure out the videos! XD. Thanks for coming by!!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      Aw, billy! Hugs to you! Thanks for stopping by! I've been rather busy today, but I'll definitely hop your way tomorrow! :) I LOVE me some chocolate!! :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      WTG CC! You know you had me at chocolate! You are quite the writer, artist and the video is an added bonus! Congrats on selling your painting! A sweet tribute to chocolate!:)

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      Sandra Busby 5 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

      Beautiful hub. I love the video (did you do it yourself?) And all the information about the Mexican gods. Now, I'm going to have some chocolate. Thanks. Sandra Busby

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      CC this is a FANTASTIC Hub! You combine facts with yummy recipes and even a neat little video (which I have been too chicken to try myself). Im proud of you girl - this is great :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I need no tempting with regards to chocolate; I will eat chocolate in a chair, I will eat chocolate when I am bare...loved this hub and can't get enough of your writing my friend!