Louis XV was very fond of chocolate - he would even prepare his own chocolate in his private apartments. Both Madame de Pompadour and Madame du Bary loved chocolate; especially when it became known that it was an aphrodisiac.
The court's love of chocolate continued when Louis XVI ascended the throne. Marie Antoinette adored chocolate and when she arrived at court, she brought her own chocolate manufacturer with her. Every morning the Dauphine would drink hot chocolate with amber and vanilla.
At first it chocolate was only accessible to the nobility but over time the delicious treat spread to the rest of the social classes.
|Courtiers enjoying hot chocolate|