Burt Wolf: Travels & Traditions

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A History of Chocolate / Part One

We find out who was the first European to see a cacao bean and discover its role as the local money of the Maya. We trace chocolate's arrival in Europe, its acceptance by the Church, and its reputation as an aphrodisiac. Burt tours the Italian city of Torino, checks on the 'Shroud' and stops into a 350-year-old chocolate cafe to get the recipe for the local chocolate speciality. We visit the streets of Torino where Michael Caine drove his mini Cooper in The Italian Job, and where Audrey Hepburn starred in War and Peace.

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