1. They Invented Chocolate (And Hot Chocolate)
The next time you enjoy a cup of hot cocoa or bite into a bar of chocolate, thank the Mayans. The first traces of chocolate can be traced back to the Mayan civilization!
Of course, ancient chocolate tasted very different from what we’re used to these days. In Mayan society, kings and royals used to enjoy a frothy hot liquid made with crushed chili peppers, cocoa beans, and hot water. Sounds fiery!