Turin, capital city of Italian chocolate

Jan 11, 2018 453

Turin was declared capital city of Italian chocolate right after the Cateau-Cambrésis peace treaty was signed in 1559: Duke Emmanuel Philibert of Savoy, who had served as governor of the Habsburg Netherlands until that year, returned from Spain with some cocoa seeds – one of the American novelties Hernán Cortés had introduced in Europe after conquering Mexico.

After winning over the Spanish aristocrats, the gift from overseas became a treasure at the Savoy court – and was a favorite of Catherine Michelle of Spain, wife of Charles Emmanuel I. Soon, it escaped from noble circles and was sought after in all of Turin.

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SOURCE: http://www.italianways.com

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