There are a lot of weird and terrific fun facts about chocolate, it’s difficult to know which to include and which to omit due to space considerations.
To start with, the Mayans used cacao beans as money as they believed they were more valuable than gold dust. They controlled the production of beans in order that their money wouldn’t 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 doesn’t have any inside. Instead, cocoa butter is used in the production of white chocolate.
Europeans are the biggest fans of chocolate, accounting for the consumption of nearly half of the chocolate that is produced globally.
Where was the biggest chocolate bar produced? From the UK; it was made by Thornton’s for its centenary.
Toblerone is so popular that when the amount of bars sold annually were to be put end to end, they would stretch to 62,000km. That is over 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 have to eat around 22 pounds of the stuff in one sitting, which isn’t really possible. Theobromine poisoning causes seizures, heart failure, dehydration, and acute kidney damage.
Chocolate chip cookies, adored 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 bits of chocolate in her biscuit dough. The chocolate she used was Nestles, and she later sold her recipe to the firm in return for a life’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.
Ancient people fermented the pods of the cacao beans to make drinks other than chocolate.
These were served in a golden chalice.
Each November in Germany, people celebrate Saint Martin’s Day with sweets and cups of steaming cocoa.