People were eating chocolate way earlier than scientists previously thought

cacao chocolate origin

Halloween is just days away, and if you haven't already dug into a big bowl of candy you probably will within the next 72 hours or so. But while you're munching away on that Hershey's bar, spare a thought for the first humans who made it all possible.

In a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers reveal new archaeological evidence that suggests cacao, the plant that chocolate is made from, was being farmed far earlier than was previously assumed. The scientists now believe that the plant was being used as a crop as far back as 5,300 years ago, as opposed to 3,900 years ago as had long been believed.

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