Just got back from El Paso... stuck to my shopping list except for a little splurge with Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia and a Dagoba xocolatl bar. Don't choke on the pronunciation; as I understand it, the invading Spanish had no equivalent of the Aztec 'x' sound, a soft 'sh' close to the German 'ch' in 'ich'; the nearest Spanish sound is the jota, 'j', more like the 'ch' in German 'ach'; so they gave it their unused letter 'x'. So anyway, the Aztec word for 'chocolate' sounds a lot like 'shokotatl', not so different from the equivalent in any other language I know. This bar is spicy and not very sweet, probably similar to how the ancient denizens of southern Mexico enjoyed it.
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