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Chocolate Glyphs from the Mayan Calendar

The world of the Ancient Maya was founded on chocolate. Among the first peoples to discover the complex process of refining the seeds of the rare cacao tree into chocolate, the Maya regarded cacao as a sacred food worth more than gold, using precious cacao beans as currency,

U.C. Davis scholar, artist, and chocolate-maker Michael J. Grofe has hand-sculpted this series of Mayan calendar glyphs and cast them into chocolate as a creative vehicle for teaching about the rich history of chocolate, and the achievements of the Maya.

"I believe that it is important to honor the specialness of chocolate by protecting the forests from which it comes, respecting the farmers who cultivate it, and learning about the past and present Maya who have given the world this true gift."     - Michael J. Grofe, Ph.D.