Chocolate is loved by many but do you know the origins of cacao? Cocoa or Cacao was first developed as a crop in many ancient South American cultures, with the Aztecs and Mayans being the most well-known. The modern word “chocolate” stems from two words in Nahuatl, the language spoken by many native groups: chocolatl, which translated literally means “hot water,” and cacahuatl, which referred to a bitter beverage made with cocoa that was shared during religious ceremonies. The cacao bean was so significant to the local cultures that it was used as a currency in trade, given to warriors as a post-battle reward, and served at royal feasts. 
It is amazing how quickly chocolate spread across the western Europe. Good that we don't have to pay a royal price for this tasty treat and we can enjoy cacao in numerous ways such as in this raw fudge.
90 ml maple syrup
100 grams cocoa butter
70 grams cashews, soaked overnight
50 grams cocoa powder
pinch of salt
pinch of chilli powder
1. Soak the cashews for 2 hours or overnight.
2. Melt the cocoa butter in a double boiler.
3. Mix cashews, melted cocoa butter, cocoa powder and salt in a high speed blender.
4. Put the fudge into a container, spread in smooth layer.
5. Refrigerate for two hours.
6. Sprinkle with some more chilli.