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Worried about the Value of Paper Money? What if Money was Made of Chocolate?

Did you know that Chocolate was used as currency in Mesoamerica for hundreds of years? In some areas, such as Yucatán, cacao beans (raw chocolate) were still used in place of small coins as late as the 1840s.

What would you rather have to trade locally when times got rough; paper or chocolate?

Cacao beans constituted both a ritual beverage and a major currency system in pre-Columbian Mesoamerican civilizations. At one point the Aztec empire (14th - 16th century) received a yearly tribute of 980 loads of cacao, in addition to other goods. Each load represented exactly 8000 beans. The buying power of quality beans was such that 80-100 beans could buy a new cloth mantle.

Although many people around the world proclaim to love chocolate, most people have actually never enjoyed the authentic taste of real chocolate by eating the actual cacao nut in its unprocessed form. The majority of so-called "chocolate" products in the world today do not actually contain cacao - the original raw form of chocolate.

Somewhere along the road, you've probably heard the familiar phrase that chocolate is good for health. Well, that's true, but only if its the real thing. The cacao nut in its raw form does have some tremendous health benefits. The unprocessed (raw) Cacao bean contains magnesium, copper, iron, phosphorus, calcium, anandamide (aka. the bliss chemical), phenylethylamine, theobromine, arginine, polyphenols, epicatechins, serotonin (anti-anxiety), potassium, procyanidins, flavanols and the vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.

If paper money one day became completely worthless, cacao would be a great item to barter with in a local community. Its health benefits are tremendous and it gives you lots of energy your whole day. It also happens to taste really good!

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post... if chocolate were money, I'd be constantly broke!

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You can already do this

You can already do this without having the government santion it. Just get some beans and trade them. Call them what you will, money, barter, all the same thing in my book as long as it has real value.

Cocoa trees are very different.

I'm originally from New England.
When I went to the South Pacific for the first time I saw these short { 20 ft. } trees with large pods { about twice as big as unshelled walnuts } growing right out of the trunks and limbs of the tree. Weird, it looked like tumors growing, to me.

I was told it was cocoa and it's not ripe until the pod is yellowish red and soft, with a stern,"don't pick them."
When no one was looking I found a soft large yellow one and commenced to eat it like a plum thinking the outer portion was the cocoa.
It was sweet and delicious. I was wrong!
Inside was a large very hard black bean.
This was the cocoa bean.

It is harvested, dried in the sun, then cooked in a skillet. { to kill bacteria ??? I imagine } after cooking the bean would have a very long shelf life if kept dry.
Then pulverized to a powder.
Weird, but it tastes good in hot water with some sweetener added.

Unless you buy unsweetened chocolate it has a sweetener added, at least in the South Pacific.


I started to scoff, but I kinda like it.

One more important question, though--why use an alternate currency that's agricultural if we can't grow it in our own lands? Isn't cacao native only to very specific tropical areas?

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Just about any commodity

Just about any commodity could work as currency. No need to carry stuff around (much). Store it in warehouses and issue certified bailments. The bailment (warehouse receipt) would serve as the "handled" currency. The ware house can circulate its holdings to reduce spoilage and the bailments can have a drop-dead date or take delivery stub(s).

what did you do with the rent money?

i ate it

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The one problem I see with this

is that these nuts fail to meet at least four of the standards for good money.

1. Durability: Nuts may get crushed or broken, and environental conditions such as rain could cause deterioration.

2. Divisibility: You can't cut a nut in half without wrecking it.

3. Portability: It is a bit impractical to be carrying a hundred of these or more wherever you go.

4. Limited Supply: Although not as easy to produce as paper money, the supply of nuts is too easy to expand.

Valid Concerns: Cacao for Bartering would be more appropriate

Shifting from our FRN money supply onto one of Cacao may not be the most feasible move, but it would be great for local bartering.

My feeling is that you could survive on these by taking a handful of them every day. They are extremely nourishing to the human body.

oh i'm so in!

chocolate, tequila, and red wine.

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raw chocolate nibs, or powder -- both

portable, divisible in weight increments. Or weed graded and bagged by weight. The people's currencies, sigh, unlimited possibilities.
Or how about dark chocolate wrapped in that gold fold paper printed with denominations in various sizes?

Actually we are headed in

Actually we are headed in that direction, Most people don't have gold and silver. So when the SHTF food will be a currency for most, especially less perishable or longer lasting foods like beans and grains etc.

I have talked to several people and seemingly convinced them to get some silver. All except one have yet to get any. They keep saying they will but when ever it comes up it's; oh yeah I am going to do that, just haven't gotten around to it. I have even showed them some shiny silver dollars because you know there is just something about handling pure silver, it has an energy, and they ooh and ahh but still do nothing.

Even though they are more aware of what's going on now they are still living in the fantasy of the past. The media fog is still skewing their vision. They some how hope it will all go away like their media priests keep preaching over their digital pulpits.

People still don't realize or fully understand the full scope of what's happened and what's going on. things have fundamentally changed. Even myself and many of us here who are wide awake, have still been responding somewhat to our old media programing and procrastinating and putting off things even if they are only little things.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN DOING THIS, DO WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN PUTTING OFF NOW! I know time and money are always a problem, but find a way!

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Whiskey would be a good currency.

It never spoils. It only improves with age. And the deviations from one bottle or brand to the next are very minor--it's all pretty equal stuff.

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Well, that would end all pretense of virtue for me... ;)

If chocolate were the currency, I fear I would be on the corner hookin' for my fix in no time... lol!

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Imagine a Chocolate Banking System

The Federal Reserve could be replaced by Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

If you want to try some

I guarantee that once you try this stuff you will be eating it for the rest of your life.

Here's a link where you can buy some and read more about it.