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Traces of chocolate found on 2,500-year-old plate

Traces of chocolate have been found on a 2,500-year-old plate discovered in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico.

Experts have long thought cacao beans and pods were mainly used in pre-Hispanic cultures as a beverage, made either by crushing the beans and mixing them with liquids or fermenting the pulp that surrounds the beans in the pod. Such a drink was believed to have been reserved for the elite.

But the discovery announced this week by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History expands the envelope of how chocolate may have been used in ancient Mexico.

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Story: The Telegraph | Photo: Alamy

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