Are you a proud chocoholic who doesn’t bother to scan long dessert menus once you spot something made with an abundance of chocolate? You’re not alone. No matter the form it takes, chocolate foods can be addicting. In addition to the pleasure chocolate offers, it’s packed with potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and compounds that include serotonin and tryptophan.
How did this magical food find its way into history and our dinner tables? You can thank ancient Maya alchemists who took a serious look at what was once the coin of the realm, leading historian Joshua Rapp Learn to note, “Your Hershey bar may have been worth its weight in gold in Maya times,” in his Science.org article.
While we may not know the name of the innovator who first ground the beans to prepare chocolate broths for kings and the cream of society, we do know that had it not been for Mayas, the hedonistic chocolate bar to which you treat yourself when no other remedy will do might never have wound up as your guilty pleasure.
Your visit to chocolate mecca
How would you like to indulge your chocolate fixation by flying a few hours South to Belize when the long-awaited 2023 Chocolate Festival takes place between May 19th and 20th in Punta Gorda Town in the Toledo District? Launched originally by cacao farmers and chocolate manufacturers in 2007, this year’s event offers an enhanced celebration of this indulgent food while you learn about the culture responsible for bringing this manna to mankind.
There will be chances throughout the festival to attend cultural presentations, learn to dance and to drum, chocolate-making classes, and you can make chocolate yourself in the traditional Maya way. Purchase tickets for this festival online before you arrive in Belize so you’re ready to indulge immediately. Where to stay during your vacation? Belizean Dreams Resort, and for myriad reasons.
Why stay off-site during the festival?
As you can imagine, every year, larger crowds flock to Punta Gorda Town. Book a local lodging and you could wind up in overcrowded digs where the service is poor. Instead, stay offsite where peace and quiet, a lush swimming pool, access to Belize’s trendiest beaches, The Bliss Salon and Spa, fine dining and fabulous tour options await. Ask Belizean Dreams staffers to help you arrange transport to the festival and once you’ve had your fill of both chocolate and crowds, you can return to paradise.
While chocolate may be the primary reason for your Belize escape, you’ll fall in love with every aspect of your vacation and the Belizean Dreams crew who are dedicated to making your stay fun, delicious, and memorable. Must you account for every bite of chocolate you savor during your stay? That’s up to you and your conscience, chocolate lover!