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Theobroma cacao is the Latin name for the cacao tree and means "food of the gods". Aztecs called the drink that they made from cacao beans xocoatl, which is believed to be the origin of the word "chocolate". Chocolate was one of the most significant items in the Columbian exchange, coming from the New World as a bitter drink to the Old, where Europeans added honey or sugar, to make it more palatable to their tastes.

In the early 19th century, a Dutch scientist developed the process of making a powdered form of chocolate, now commonly known as "Dutch cocoa powder", which is widely used in baking. Chocolate, now being affordable to the masses, has the reputation of being a delectable, sinful food, and is one of the first items to be given up on a diet or during Lent. A box of chocolates is a popular gift item, especially on Valentine's Day.

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