Divine Dark Chocolate Coins - 7 oz. (50g) Divine's new 70% Dark Chocolate coins come wrapped in a wintery mix of blue and silver. Divine Dark Chocolate Coins are suitable for vegetarians. Divine Dark Chocolate Coins are free from artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives. Divine Dark Chocolate Coins are made of Fairtrade cocoa mass, Fairtrade sugar, Fairtrade cocoa butter, emulsifier: soya lecithin (non GM), Fairtrade vanilla. Divine Dark Chocolate Coins are manufactured in an environment where nuts, milk, gluten and wheat are present. Divine chocolate is made only with the finest quality Fair Trade cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo, a coopertative of smallholder farmers in Ghana. The cocoa is grown in the shade of the tropical by the farmers, who take great pride in the chocolate company they co-own. Choosing delicious Divine gives you guaranteed pleasure, and the farmers a guaranteed fair deal, as well as the chance to invest in a better future - that's good business. The History of Cocoa Theobroma cacao, or as it is more commonly known, cocoa is indigenous to the Amazon Basin and tropical areas of South and Central America and was first cultivated there over 2000 years ago. It formed the basis of fascinating rituals and social systems throughout the New World. The Mayans believed cocoa to be the food of the gods and it was one of their most important sacred plants. Cocoa also served as currency: you could buy a slave for 100 nibs (cocoa beans), a rabbit for four nibs, or the favours of a women for ten nibs. Cocoa was first introduced to Europe in the fifteenth century by Christopher Columbus who brought some back to Spain after his travels in the New World. It was heavily taxed and therefore remained a drink exclusive to the upper classes. The Spanish kept the secrets of cocoa to themselves for over a century and when Francis Drake captured Spanish galleons at sea, his crew threw the sacks of cocoa beans overboard, thinking them useless.