Chocolate Recipe: Drink of the Maya

Spicy chocolate drink enjoyed by the Maya.

To make the spicy chocolate drink enjoyed by the Maya some 1500 years ago, start from scratch:

  1. Scoop cacao seeds out of their fleshy pods.
  2. Pile the seeds in baskets or under leaves and let them ferment for about a week.
  3. Clean the seeds, then lay them in the sun to dry.
  4. Roast the seeds over an open fire.
  5. Remove the shells and crush the meaty seed on a stone table to create a soft paste.
  6. Add water, cornmeal, honey or chili peppers.
  7. Pour back and forth between two vessels to create a foam.  Then enjoy!

Chocolate recipe from Chocolate: The Exhibition. Originated by The Field Museum in Chicago, this blockbuster exhibit has been seen by more than 1.6 million people in museums across the United States. “Chocolate” is a bilingual exhibit; all text is in Spanish and English. For more information visit