16th century kitchen in Puebla, Mexico where mole sauce with chocolate was invented
Photograph © Justin Kerr
1521 AD to 1650 AD
Europe and the rest of the world were on the very brink of discovering chocolate! By the end of the 16th century, the most famous Mexican stew was invented. It incorporated the native delicacy, chocolate, in an astonishing sauce made from local peppers and many spices to be cooked and eaten with turkey, also indigenous to the New World. It is called Mole Poblano, after Puebla, the town where it was invented. The original kitchen still exists in the convent where the nuns first prepared this dish for the visiting Bishop
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