We love chocolate.
We love it so much we eat five kilograms of it a year.
But how did it get so popular?
Chocolate was first introduced to Europe about 400 years ago.
But it was quite different from the chocolate
of the Aztecs in Mexico who first produced it.
The Aztecs took the beans of the cocoa tree
and ground them into a paste,
which was added to water and drunk.
It was incredibly bitter.
When the Spanish explorers discovered it in the 1600s,
they added sugar to sweeten it.
This helped it to become popular
among the ruling class in Europe.
As it spread across Europe,
its price decreased
and more people were able to experience its wonderful taste.
Over the years, advancements were made in processing the beans
and today its taste is very consistent.
But chocolate sadly has a dark side as well.
Often, small children are forced to work on cocoa plantations.
Because of this,
the Fair-Trade Foundation has worked with cocoa growers
to make sure they are not using child labor.
By buying Fair-Trade chocolate,
we can have chocolate that is both good for us
and good for others.
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The Good and Bad Side to Chocolate
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