world cuisine | languages
search help | about us | allergies

Main dictionary      Translate from English       Keywords      Varieties      Latin
Search for:          

This is the searchable online international food dictionary with 61,500 terms in 302 languages plus 12,690 plurals.

Just type in the word that you're looking for and press enter or click on search. There are other types of search; see search help for more information.


The database behind this site was the loving creation of Suzy Oakes, who sadly passed away on 31st July 2011. She will be greatly missed.

A cookbook, featuring Suzy's favourite recipies is now available. People who are interested should contact Mun Flint on Currently, the cost is 12.50 plus postage and packing. All proceeds go to the Suzy Oakes Trust for Mill Road.


Language: Spanish

Description: Bitter chocolate. In Spain the word 'chocolate' is likely to be a cup of hot chocolate, commonly drunk at breakfast. Otherwise, it is a product of cocoa beans which are fermented, roasted, shelled and ground to produce chocolate liquor. Cocoa butter may be removed from this to make cocoa. After refining for high quality chocolate, the various remaining types are 1) unsweetened chocolate containing only chocolate liquor and cocoa butter, used for cooking; 2) bittersweet chocolate with a small amount of added sugar; 3) semisweet chocolate, with just a little more sugar than bittersweet chocolate; 4) milk chocolate, with milk solids added to soften the intense chocolate flavour. If other fats are added besides cocoa butter, this decreases the quality of the chocolate.

In the 16th Century when Hernan Cortes visited the palace of Montezuma, the Aztec emperor and tasted chocolate for the first time, he wrote to Carlos V of Spain saying "Chocolatl is the divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue". The first chocolate bar was invented by Joseph Fry. It is possible now to choose high quality chocolate from Ecuador or Madagascar.

Chocolate made by Meyerdomo in Oaxaca City in Mexico, the home of chocolate

Pronounced: choh-koh-LAH-teh
Ethnicity: Mexican, Spanish
Most frequent country: Widespread

See places: Spanish food and cuisine, Mexican food and cuisine

Feel free to e-mail us if there are any additions, changes or corrections that you'd like to see.

© Suzy Oakes 1998-2011, all rights reserved
All data appearing on this site are copyright protected
Database last updated: 21 June 2011 12:23