The Link Between Jews and Chocolate

Jews are known wanderers. Because of such, the Jewish people have played a huge role in global trade. There’s a part to the story though that is heard pretty rarely. That’s the link between the Jewish and chocolate during the era of the Spanish Inquisition.

Spanish explorers were the ones who introduced chocolate to Spain, while Jews brought it to world cities like New York and Amsterdam. The rest is history, and this is reflected on the subject of Rabbi Deborah Prinz’s book, “On the Chocolate Trail.”

Based on what the author said, she was just pretty curious with regard to this specific part of Jewish history. As a lifelong chocolate lover, the link between chocolate and religion spars too many intrigues. She says she eats a plain chocolate bar once or twice a day. She has always had a sweet tooth, and she never grew out of it.

She has been to museums in countries like Belgium, France, Spain, England, and Israel. While the book has a chapter that focuses on chocolate in Israel, the larger theme focuses on chocolate in South America, Mexico, and Spain.

She also stated, “People are very interested in the highlights of the Jewish connection to chocolate. Another focus is the colonial [American] period’s use of chocolate. Some groups are more interested in historical perspectives. I also talk about New York and Newport. And a third approach is about religious ethical values and chocolate.”

We have always hear about chocolate-covered bacon. Rabbi Deborah mentioned in her book that she almost ate this outrageous but yummy chocolaty treat. She said she’s not crazy about raw chocolate, but she is fond of chocolate-covered espresso beans and things like that.

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