Facts About Chocolate

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There are so many weird and wonderful fun facts about chocolate, it’s difficult to know which to include and which to omit due to space considerations.

First of all, the Mayans used cacao beans as currency as they believed they were more precious than gold dust. They controlled the production of beans in order that their money would not depreciate in value.

White chocolate is not strictly speaking chocolate. We’ve been labouring under a misapprehension for several years. Chocolate must contain cocoa solids, but white chocolate does not have any inside.

Europeans are the biggest fans of chocolate, accounting for the consumption of nearly half of the chocolate that is produced globally.

Where was the largest chocolate bar produced? From the UK; it was made by Thornton’s because of its centenary.

Toblerone is so popular that when the amount of pubs sold each year were to be placed end to end, they would stretch to 62,000km. That’s more than the Earth’s circumference.

Chocolate contains theobromine which s a very powerful stimulant. If you consume a lot of it, it may prove fatal. However, you would need to eat around 22 pounds of the stuff in a single sitting, which isn’t really possible. Theobromine poisoning causes seizures, heart failure, dehydration, and severe kidney damage.

Chocolate chip cookies, loved by many around the world, came into being because of an accident which occurred in 1930. Ruth Wakefield ran out of cooking chocolate, but undeterred she used pieces of chocolate in her biscuit dough. The chocolate she used was Nestles, and she sold her recipe to the company in return for a lifetime’s supply of chocolate.

A pound of chocolate comprises 400 cocoa beans and a cacao tree will create around 2,500 beans. These trees are delicate and cocoa farmers lose about 30 percent of the crop every year.

Early people fermented the pods of the cacao beans to make drinks aside from chocolate.

Montezuma, the Aztec emperor used to drink 50 cups of chocolate each day. These were served in a golden chalice.

Every November in Germany, people celebrate Saint Martin’s Day with candies and mugs of steaming cocoa.

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