The history of chocolate

The origins

First stories about chocolate

The word for chocolate comes from nàhuatl xocolatl (it literally means “bitter water”) however it was assimilated into spanish as “chocolate” and it spread accross the world together with the cocoa beans.

Its first reference in Spain and Europe dates from 1534 and makes reference to a delivery made by Brother Jerónimo de Aguilar, of a bag containing both cocoa beans and the chocolate recipe, sent to Mr. Antonio de Álvaro, abbot of the Monasterio de Piedra, in the city of Zaragoza.

The monks of the consecration took bitter drinking chocolate as a medicine for it provided them with a huge amount of energy and calories.

The presence of chocolate in Catalonia

One of the territories where chocolate had the world´s highest impact was Catalonia.

The first chocolate factory in Spain was founded in the year 1777. The facilities were located close to the city of Barcelona, where the chocolate industry was developed, and where the passion towards the world of chocolate started.

It was not until the 19th Century that they started to solidify chocolate and produce the chocolate bars that we know and savour today.

Casa Chocolate Solé

Our Chocolates have always been created under these three essential premisses: Tradition, quality and responsibility. We are sensitive to experience the powerful mixture of new trends and tradition, due to our passion for chocolate.

In its origins, our chocolate shop and first family business was found in the area of El Clot, in Barcelona. Nowadays, we count on a team of more than 25 people, passionate about the world of chocolate, socially committed, cooperating with labour insertion companies for disabled workers.

“A review of chocolate history is much more than the history of just a sweet. It stands for the history of Culture, Art and Technology, in conclusion, for the history of a whole country.” Mª Antonia Martí Escayol