Posted by: shoji | November 13, 2007

Chocolate from beer

If only all things in life were this easy: Imagine being an innovator of beer and you “screw up” by over brewing and you come out with chocolate. I guess human kind was destined to have beer and chocolate.

Chocolate inventors were trying for beer – Times Online
“In the course of beer brewing, you discover that if you ferment the seeds of the plant you get this chocolate taste,” he said. “It may be that the roots of the modern chocolate industry can be traced back to this primitive fermented drink.” The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, examined pottery from Puerto Escondido, in the Ulna Valley of Honduras, for traces of a chemical known as theobromine. This occurs only in the cacao plant, which is native to Central and South America, and from which chocolate is made.

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