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.
To start with, the Mayans used cacao beans as currency as they believed that they were more precious than gold dust. They controlled the production of beans in order that their currency wouldn’t depreciate in value.
White chocolate isn’t strictly speaking chocolate. We have been labouring under a misapprehension for several years. Chocolate must contain cocoa solids, but white chocolate doesn’t 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 largest chocolate bar produced? From the UK; it was made by Thornton’s because of its centenary.
Toblerone is so popular that when the number of bars sold each year were to be placed end to end, they would stretch to 62,000km. That is more than the Earth’s circumference.
Chocolate contains theobromine which s a really 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 one sitting, which is not 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 due to an accident which happened 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 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 other than chocolate.
These were served in a golden chalice.
Each November in Germany, people celebrate Saint Martin’s Day with sweets and mugs of steaming hot chocolate.