Chocolate Spreads Throughout Europe
It did not take long before chocolate was acclaimed throughout Europe as a delicious, health-giving food. For a while it reigned as the drink of choice at the fashionable Court of France. Chocolate drinking spread across the Channel to Great Britain, and in 1657 the first of many famous English ‘chocolate houses’ appeared.
Chocolate was still considered a medicinal drink that invigorated the body and helped with a number of ailments. Imagine visiting the doctor and leaving with a prescription to drink lots of chocolate!
The first letter of patent for chocolate making was given by King Louis XIV in 1659 to a David Chaliou. So appeared the first Chocolatier, who opened a shop selling his medicine in bars, tablets or boxes.
Also during this time a new trend was evolving in the eating of the ground cacoa in tablet form and its use as an ingredient by the royal patisserie chefs of royal courts across Europe.