Modica Chocolate: from Aztecs to Sicily!
Chocolate! Who does not love chocolate? Well, Sicilians love it a lot, and in a small town called Modica chocolate is made in a unique way that makes it famous worldwide!
Is a city of fewer than 60.000 inhabitants in the province of Ragusa, of course known for the chocolate, but also for its history and baroque architecture too. The town is divided in Modica Alta (on the top of a hill) and Modica Bassa (in the valley), and the Old Town, rebuilt after the earthquake in 1693, has been inserted in Unesco World Heritage list.
Due to the number of baroque churches present in the town, it is also known as “The Sicilian baroque capital” and “The city with 100 churches”.
So, if you are planning a trip in Sicily, don’t forget to visit this lovely town and… not just for the cioccolata!
The Modica Chocolate
What makes Modica chocolate so special? Let’s take a look closely!
The secret is the way they cook it in Modica; the technique has been brought in Sicily by Spanish (who learnt it from Aztecs, in Middle America) between XVI and XVII hundred. Modican chocolatiers work cocoa beans by hand, then they add sugar and flavours, like vanilla, orange or pistachio – or even chilli! During this process, the secret is the low cooking temperature: it always is between 95° and 104° Fahrenheit, so the sugar does not melt and the chocolate is grainy and crunchy, real signature of the Modica Chocolate.
The complete and original recipe is, of course, well kept in secret by Modican chocolatiers, who continue to produce their little masterpieces following the same Aztecs old recipe! Could you ever imagine you can taste original Aztecs chocolate in a little town in Sicily? It’s just amazing. Even more amazing is the fact that the chocolate from this Sicilian town is exported all around the world, and you can easily find it also on Amazon!
Buy it and now you can taste it everywhere, even if you are not planning to visit Modica or just can’t wait for it!