Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Why we have a high old time on chocolate

The Times, S2

By Dr Thomas Stuttaford

People have always enjoyed the effect of cocoa. As the Easter egg season approaches, we explain why
Bacchus, the god of wine, is often linked with regeneration. Nothing looks as dead as a vine in winter, but come the spring few other plants look so bright and vernal. It is an annual example that out of death comes life. Whereas the followers of Bacchus had vines and wine as examples of everlasting life and annual renewal, we now have to make do with chocolate Easter eggs.
Every year spring is heralded by the appearance of Easter eggs at sweet shops, supermarkets, newsagents and garages.
If wine was Bacchus’s tipple of choice, the Aztecs and Mayans opted for cocoa.


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