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Those obsessed with the sweet treat now have the chance to learn all about the history of the humble cocoa bean at Choco Story in Beirut's Verdun, the Middle East's first chocolate museum.As part of Francophone Month, the Belgian Embassy organized a tour to draw attention to the museum -- perhaps because, well, what could Belgium be more famous for than its chocolate?Visitors to the museum may be surprised to learn that chocolate in its earliest forms was consumed as a drink in spiritual ceremonies, starting with the first use of the cacao bean by the Mesoamerican Olmec, Mayan and Aztec civilizations over 4,000 years ago.The museum also explores Lebanon's chocolate history, focusing mostly on well-known confectionary brand Gandour, established in 1857 .
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