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The history of chocolate starts with human sacrifice, and ends with Hershey-themed roller coasters. So, needless to say, it's an interesting one.

Napoleon, Columbus, and Marie Antoinette all play a role in the story of chocolate. But the chocolate of just a few centuries ago wasn't anything like the chocolate we know today. Join host Justin Dodd on the strange and complex journey that led us to the chocolate bars on our shelves.

Food History is a series from Mental Floss where we dive deep into the culinary stories that lead to the food on our plates. If you have an idea for a dish, cooking technique, or cuisine that you’d like us to explore in a future episode, tell us in the comments.

And for the origins of many other foods, check out our episode of the List Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mTpr...

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