Our Great Love of Chocolate

入口即化的甜蜜-濃情♡巧克力♥

出版時間:2015/03/12

Is there any other food that is loved as much as chocolate? It is believed that humans have been enjoying chocolate since at least 1900 BC. At that time, chocolate was mainly drunk as a bitter liquid. Mesoamericans, those who lived in an area from central Mexico to parts of Central America, made chocolate using cacao beans. Christopher Columbus and Spanish explorers were responsible for introducing the beans, and therefore chocolate, to Europe.
It took a lot of effort to grow and prepare the beans back then. Because of this, the Europeans originally used slaves to do the work. At first, only the rich could afford chocolate. Later, machines were invented that allowed chocolate to be produced more quickly and cheaply. People’s desire for chocolate soon grew as it became more affordable.

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有任何其他食物和巧克力一樣深受人們喜愛嗎?據信人們從西元前 1900 年以來一直都很喜愛吃巧克力。當時巧克力主要當作味道苦的飲料飲用。住在墨西哥中部到中美洲部分區域的中美洲人用可可豆做巧克力。哥倫布和西班牙的探險家正是引進可可豆 ── 也就是巧克力 ── 到歐洲的人。
過去栽培和處理可可豆很費工。因此,歐洲人起初利用奴隸來做此工作。一開始,只有有錢人才買得起巧克力。後來,機器的發明使巧克力可以生產得更快又便宜。隨著巧克力變得更便宜,人們對巧克力的需求量快速增加。

生活必備字詞

originally adv. 起先,原先
Originally I thought that man might be a thief, but it turned out that he was a detective.
afford vt. 負擔得起
I can’t afford (to buy) a new car, so I’ll buy a used one.
invent vt. 發明,創造
Tommy invented a whole new way of doing business.

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(本文節錄自《常春藤生活英語》雜誌,完整內容請見三月號。)



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