Ahh, chocolate — it’s like earth’s most perfect dessert. That might read like a broad statement, but if we take a look at its long, rich history, we’ll see that it’s a dessert whose popularity has stood the test of time. 4,000 years, to be precise. The very first documentation of chocolate consumption dates back to 1900 B.C. Mayan and Aztec civilizations believed chocolate to be the food of the gods and that it possessed mystical and spiritual properties, so it was reserved for priests, warriors, leaders, and nobles. Mesoamerica, where ground cacao beans were prepared as a fermented drink. In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors invaded Mesoamerica in search of gold and fell in love with chocolate. When chocolate made its debut Europe, it was sweetened with sugar and skyrocketed in popularity.