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Festival de Chocolate Tempts Taste Buds

January 4, 2018

Calling all chocolate lovers! On January 5, 2018, Vallarta Botanical Gardens is hosting Garden's Festival de Chocolate, an indulgent event celebrating all things chocolate. With abundant cacao trees, the Vallarta Botanical Gardens is an ideal location to celebrate the historic food, known as "the food of the gods.” The festivities include chocolate tours, drinks and samples, folkloric dance performances and more. Admission is $200 pesos per person, which includes entry to the Gardens. 

The cacao bean -- the basis of cocoa and chocolate -- is one of Mexico's most decadent culinary delights. Cacao beans originate from a small evergreen tree native to Mexico's south tropical region. The tree’s scientific name is Theobroma Cacao, which literally translates to "food of the gods." The Olmecs (1500-400 BC) were the first to grow cocoa in Mexico, and over the centuries, the cocoa culture spread to the Maya and Aztec civilizations. Around the year 600, the Mayans used cocoa to create a beverage that consisted of cacao, water, ground corn and chile pepper, and sometimes vanilla. They called the drink "chocolate." The Aztecs invented a bitter beverage called “techocolat,” that only the emperor, nobles and warriors could consume.