Mexican X Part III: Dude, Where’s My Xocolate?
I’ve received many variations on this question: “Shouldn’t ‘chocolate’ be ‘xocolate’? What happened to that ‘X’?”
The short answer is NO. There was never an “x.”
Don’t feel bad. I was once fooled, too.
Here we go.
Let’s head to the 1500s. “Chocolate” enters European languages (via Spanish) as a word describing a drink made from the cacao bean.
In Nahuatl, that bean was called “cacahuatl.” Mexican [Americans] may sit up at this point and say, “Uh…