A very nice vintage pine chest once used to transport cocoa by CJ Van Houtens. The chest is in good vintage order and would suit a number of uses – great as a toy box, bedroom storage or for display purposes in a deli or shop.
In 1828 Casparus van Houten Sr. (and not his son, who is usually credited) patented an inexpensive method for pressing the fat from roasted cocoa beans. The centre of the bean, known as the "nib," contains an average of 54 percent cocoa butter, which is a natural fat. Van Houten's machine - a hydraulic press - reduced the cocoa butter content by nearly half. This created a "cake" that could be pulverized into cocoa powder, which was to become the basis of all chocolate products.
The introduction of cocoa powder not only made creating chocolate drinks much easier, but also made it possible to combine chocolate with sugar and then remix it with cocoa butter to create a solid, already closely resembling today's eating chocolate…love the stuff! You can still purchase Van Houtens Cocoa today.
We have hand waxed the chest so it’s ready to use and enjoy.
Dimensions – Overall: Height 45cm x Width 73.5cm x Depth 50cm
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