Here are so many weird and wonderful fun facts about chocolate, it’s tough to know which to include and which to omit due to space considerations.
First of all, the Mayans used cacao beans as money as they believed that they were more precious than gold dust. They controlled the production of beans in order that their money would not depreciate in value. Wildlife Removal Palm Bay
White chocolate isn’t strictly speaking chocolate. We have been labouring under a misapprehension for many 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.
Where was the biggest chocolate bar produced? In the UK; it had been created by Thornton’s for its centenary.
Toblerone is so popular that when the number of bars sold annually were to be put end to end, they would stretch to 62,000km. That’s more than the Earth’s circumference.
Chocolate contains theobromine which s a very powerful stimulant. If you eat a lot of it, it may 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, 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 pieces of chocolate in her biscuit dough. The chocolate she used was Nestles, and she later sold her recipe to the company in return for a lifetime’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 their crop each year.
Most of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, with Cote d’Ivoire accounting for approximately 40 percent of the world’s cacao supply.
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 each day. These were served to him in a golden chalice.
Every November in Germany, people celebrate Saint Martin’s Day with sweets and mugs of steaming hot chocolate.