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Cocoa and chocolate products are divided into drinking chocolate (defatted cocoa powder whisked with hot water or milk) and eating chocolate (in the form, for example, of blocks or single “chocolates” and consisting of cocoa, cocoa butter or vegetable fat, sugar, and milk). The basic ingredient is the almond-shaped seed (cocoa bean) of the tropical cocoa tree (Theobroma cacao L.). These are harvest…

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Menninger, Annerose, “Cocoa”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 08 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021834>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206

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