Tabasco in Mexico is considered the likely birthplace of chocolate – the famous Maya chocolate. The people of ancient Maya grew cacao and drank chocolate mixed with water, honey, and even chilli peppers. They believed chocolate had medicinal value. Offerings of cacao beans were given to the gods, and chocolate drink was a part of religious ceremonies.
Maya chocolate in Tabasco, Mexico is rated as one of World’s top 10 chocolates by National Geographic. The word itself possibly deriving from the Maya xocoatl—taste hot chocolate Maya style: thick, foamy, bittersweet, and flavored with chili peppers. The Spanish conquistadors tempered the bitter brew with sugar, cinnamon, ground almonds, and milk. Try it both ways. If you are in Mexico, visit Comalcalco, Tabasco. It has a cacao museum and cacao haciendas.