Just so you know, cacao and chocolate have a history that goes back through the ages and it wasn’t just for eating. The cocoa beans used to make different forms of cocoa and chocolate come from the cacao—or cocoa—tree, known as Theobroma cacao . It’s native to parts of Central and South America, where it was already cultivated and used for hundreds, possibly thousands of years before European colonists arrived.
Prehistory and the pre-Columbian era : Archaeological digs in Mexico have found dishes with residue from cacao-based beverages dating back to at least 1400 BC, and possibly as early as 1900 BC, in the Olmec culture. From the Caribbean coast of South America, the beans were brought up through Mesoamerica through to what is now the southwestern U.S.