Archaeologists have discovered traces of 2,500-year-old chocolate on a plate on the Yucatan Peninsula (Mexico).
That said, cocoa may have been used by the Mayans not only as a beverage, but also as a spice in sauce, according to the Associated Press.
Experts have long thought that cocoa beans and cocoa pods are used primarily in period cultures before being invaded by Spain as a drink, by crushing chocolate grains and mixing them with liquids. or ferment the rice around cocoa beans.
But the Mexican National Anthropological and Historical Institute said that for the first time chocolate traces were found on fragments of a plate, not on a cup, indicating that it had been used with solid food.
Modern Mexicans also eat a chocolate-made sauce called 'mole' , often used with chicken.