Facts

Chocolate’s unique flavor and creamy texture is unlike any other, and it's a sweet treat that most people crave. Here are certain very interesting facts regarding chocolate that might surprise you. So just read on and discover something really unique about chocolate which you thought was just ordinary:

  • Cocoa beans (from which chocolate is made) were used as currency by the Aztecs and the Mayans.
  • It is also an interesting fact that Napoleon took chocolate along with him during his military campaigns and had them whenever he required more energy.
  • Chocolate was originally a cold drink whisked from cocoa beans by the Aztecs - and women were not allowed to drink it.
  • It was more valuable than gold: When Cortes conquered the Aztecs in 1520, he found that cocoa beans were prized higher than gold.
  • The word 'chocolate' was first recorded in English use in 1604.
  • The British Museum owes its very existence to chocolate. It was based on the personal collection of Hans Soane, who invented milk chocolate.
  • On New Year's Day 1900, Queen Victoria sent 100,000 boxes of chocolates as a personal gift to soldiers fighting in the Boer War.
  • The average person living in the UK - man, woman or child - spends over £1 a week on chocolate.
  • The average American eats 10-12 pounds (4.5 kg) of chocolate a year. The average Swiss eats 21 pounds a year.
  • Several medical studies show that eating chocolate in moderation can actually prolong your life by reducing risk of blood clots and fighting bad cholesterol.
  • Chocolate is not physically addictive and does not cause acne, as shown in several medical studies.
  • Chocolate is not high in caffeine. A 1oz bar of milk chocolate contains only 5-6mg of caffeine. This is significantly less than in coffee, tea, and soft drinks.
  •  Chocolates can absorb other flavors and scents, and should be kept away from other household chemicals.
  • U.S. chocolate manufacturers use 3.5 million pounds of whole milk every day to make chocolate.
  • The largest chocolate bar ever made weighed over 5,000 pounds and was made in Italy in 2000. The largest slab of fudge was over 2,000 pounds and was made in Canada.
  • Chocolate is America's favorite flavor, according to recent surveys with a little over 50% of adults preferring chocolate to other flavors.
So, the next time when you take a bite of your favorite brand of luscious chocolate, think of the facts and the rich history surrounding this sweet and creamy treat. No other dessert is quite as fascinating, and more than likely, you'll never look at it the same way again!

 

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