An Update on Cacao in the Southwest

The first hint of chocolate being used in the Southwestern U.S. came from New Mexico. In 2011, Dr. Patty Crown of the University of New Mexico published her findings of cacao residue on pottery from Chaco Canyon. These pottery vessels dated to around 1000 A.D. – a time when the Ancestral Puebloan people (also known as the Anasazi) were living there. New research has identified chocolate in prehistoric villages in present-day Utah.  Follow this link to read more.