Chocolate in Europe
Chocolate was brought to Europe by Cortez, by this time they learned to make the drink better to European tastes by mixing the beans with sugar and vanilla. The first chocolate factories opened in Spain. The Spanish kept the source of the drink, which was the beans, a secret for many years. Chocolate was so expensive, that it was worth its weight in Silver. The Cocoa beverage made from the powder produced in Spain had become popular throughout Europe, in the Netherlands, Italy, France and Germany. Chocolate arrived in England in about 1520. The first Chocolate House in England opened in London in 1657. They were used as clubs where the wealthy business community met to smoke a pipe of tobacco and socialize over a cup of chocolate.