There are so many weird and wonderful fun facts about chocolate, it is tough to know which to include and which to omit because of space considerations.
First of all, the Mayans used cacao beans as money as they believed that they were more valuable than gold dust. They controlled the production of beans so that their money would not depreciate in value.
White chocolate isn’t strictly speaking chocolate. We’ve been labouring under a misapprehension for many years. Chocolate must contain cocoa solids, but white chocolate does not have any in it.
Europeans are the biggest fans of chocolate, accounting for the consumption of nearly half of the chocolate that’s produced globally.
Where was the biggest chocolate bar produced? From the UK; it had been made by Thornton’s for its centenary. It was a record breaker, weighing 5,792.50 kilograms.
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 is over the Earth’s circumference.
Chocolate contains theobromine which s a really powerful stimulant. If you consume a lot of it, it can prove fatal. However, you would have to eat around 22 pounds of the stuff in a single sitting, which is not really possible. Theobromine poisoning causes seizures, heart failure, dehydration, and acute 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 firm in return for a life’s supply of chocolate.
A pound of chocolate comprises 400 cocoa beans and a cacao tree will produce around 2,500 beans. The beans are the seeds of the cacao tree. These trees are delicate and cocoa farmers lose about 30 percent of the crop each year.
Ancient people fermented the pods of the cacao beans to produce drinks other than chocolate.
These were served in a golden chalice.
Each November in Germany, people celebrate Saint Martin’s Day with candies and mugs of steaming hot chocolate.