Cacao beans that are used to make chocolate are a food that was once used as currency. Historians believe that cacao has been in existence for at least 2,000 years, and records show evidence of cacao beans being used for trading or purchasing of items by the Mayans and Aztecs in Latin America in the 1500s. Cacao beans were considered valuable because of the belief they were magical, and even played a role in sacred rituals. Cacao was also used as a form of currency in the 18th century in the United States during the Revolutionary War, with soldiers being given chocolate instead of wages at times.
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