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The History of Chocolate - The 1600's


1615 Anne of Austria, a Spanish princess, marries Louis XIII of France and takes the Spanish custom of chocolate drinking to France.
1657 The first chocolate house is opened in England by a Frenchman. At this time chocolate cost 6 to 8 shillings per pound. Only the rich could afford to buy chocolate at the chocolate house.
1660 Maria Theresa of Austria marries Louis XIV of France. She shares her love of chocolate with the people of France. For the first time people outside the royal court enjoy chocolate drinking.
1663 Pralines are created by a cook in Genensburg, Germany.
1674 A London coffeehouse sells the first solid chocolate in a stick form.
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