Chocolate and chocolate houses


Casanova was a devotee of pretty much anything that could bring him pleasure.  It’s not surprising, then, to discover that he was a great lover of drinking chocolate, which was very fashionable, and very expensive, in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

An account in the National Geographic of how the devilish beverage spread from Spain across the rest of Europe is told by Fatima de la Fuente del Moral here.

A history of drinking chocolate in London and the development of chocolate houses can be found here.

And if you want a modern adaptation of the original drinking chocolate you can find one at the end of this British Museum blog along with a video on the topic here.


‘Casanova in Paris: The Shadows of the King’ is freely available here.

27 long form articles on Casanova’s life and times are freely available here.


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