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 currency as they believed that they were more precious than gold dust. They controlled the production of beans so that their currency would not depreciate in value.
White chocolate is not strictly speaking chocolate. We have been labouring under a misapprehension for several years. Chocolate has to 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? In the UK; it was created by Thornton’s because of its centenary. It was a record breaker, weighing 5,792.50 kilograms.
Toblerone is so popular that if the amount of pubs sold each year were to be put end to end, they would stretch to 62,000km. That is more than the Earth’s circumference.
Chocolate contains theobromine which s a very powerful stimulant. If you consume a lot of it, it can prove fatal. However, you would need to eat around 22 pounds of the stuff in one sitting, which is not really possible. Theobromine poisoning causes seizures, heart failure, dehydration, and severe 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 lifetime’s supply of chocolate.
A pound of chocolate contains 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 their crop each 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 a day. These were served in a golden chalice.
Every November in Germany, people celebrate Saint Martin’s Day with candies and cups of steaming cocoa.