With a strong economy and a high standard of living, Spain is one of the great European powers. It is a country that has developed rapidly on both agricultural and industrial levels. Today, it still maintains its monarchical system as well as a parliamentary system. Its culture is rich in very diverse fields. It is well known for flamenco, bullfighting, and traditional cuisine. In terms of gastronomy, paella, tapas, and tortillas are the most famous dishes. Let’s not forget the famous raw ham and the Spanish wines that complete its gastronomical culture. Each country has its own chocolate story, Spain in particular. Its chocolate is molded in different forms. It has become a tradition during festivities to celebrate with chocolate. For example, for Easter, chocolate is shaped like eggs, rabbits, chickens, and bells, for Christmas and Chanukah, it is shaped like coins, and for Valentine’s Day, it is heart-shaped.
Spain and Chocolate
Cocoa beans were introduced into Europe in 1519 by Cortes (former governor of the new Spain). He made a drink (bitter and detestable) using cocoa beans and several other ingredients. The Spaniards improved this drink to their taste by adding agave and cane sugar. The product became quickly popular and promised an interesting future on the market. As a result, Cortes started a plantation program in 1522 and then in 1585,
massive expeditions were launched throughout the Atlantic.
This era marks the beginning of the chocolate trade in Europe. Spain is one of the countries that consumes the most chocolate in Europe. However, it does not produce cocoa. It imports cocoa beans from Latin American and African countries. The cocoa market has been monopolized by Spain for a long time all over Europe. Spanish chocolatiers have kept their fabrications secret for a few years. Currently, competition is fierce between European countries. However, each country has its own specialty and its own chocolate story.
Some Spanish Specialties
Churros and Chocolate
There are many chocolate recipes in Spain such as Chocolate Mousse, “Spanish Churros” and “chocolate taza”. Hot chocolate is one of the specialties that makes chocolate consumption in Spain original. Both warm and very creamy, it is ideal for all lovers of hot chocolate. The main ingredients of Spanish hot chocolate are: chocolate, cinnamon powder, water, and milk. This recipe is very popular in bars in the winter
because it’s both delicious and warm.