Yay! It’s Field Trip Friday!
This month, we are exploring different cultures from all over the world, and we are doing that by exploring that region’s food! This week, we are going over to Guatemala, and taking a gander of what kind of food they have.
When you think of chocolate, you don’t really think of it as a regional food. It’s found all over the world, and in a lot of tasty desserts! But, chocolate actually originated in historical Mesoamerica (which included countries like Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala). Chocolate was not only a delicious treat, but it was culturally significant as there was folklore relating to the ancient god, Kukulkan. Mesoamericans believed the cacao bean was a gift that was given by Kukulkan!
Chocolate is made from the cacao seed that undergoes a process of roasting, and winnowing. That eventually becomes a meltable paste that can be molded into chocolate bars or into “tablets” that can be used for Guatemalan hot chocolate! If you want to learn more about the process of making chocolate, watch the video down below, and share what you learned with our activity submission form!
Enjoyed the video and want to learn more about Guatemalan food? Or just want to learn more about Guatemala? Well, we have great news! Over at our Lighthouse Homeschool Solution storefront, we have many videos like this and an entire unit focused on Guatemala that includes other subjects like religion, government, nature, and many more!