Top 20 Chocolate Facts
Milky, brown, white, with nuts, with raisins, with fruit… You already want one and we don’t blame you. Chocolate has become an inseparable part of people’s life everywhere but there are many things about this sweet delicacy that you may not know. If you can’t endure reading the entire article without this sweet happiness booster, we suggest you to get one and keep reading. Here top 20 chocolate facts.
#1. First chocolate bar
The first chocolate bar suitable enough for widespread consumption was produced by the Fry’s chocolate factory, located in Bristol, England in 1847. The rest is a history and the world is thankful for this “invention”.
#2. Belgium chocolate factories
There are over 17 000 people who are employed in chocolate factories all over the country.
#3. Energy booster
One chocolate chip can give you enough energy to walk 50 meters.
#4. Heat resistance
The American army together with Hershey improved the heat-resistance of chocolate in order to withstand the hot sun during Desert Storm. These chocolate bars remained solid even at temperatures of up to 60°C.
#5. The best aphrodisiac
Chocolate contains phenylethylamine, a naturally occurring amino-acid which is believed to have aphrodisiacal effects and is even said to be able to “cure” hangovers.
#6. Main ingredient is cocoa
The main ingredient for chocolate is technically cacao beans, but they are known throughout the cocoa industry as cocoa beans because of a misspelling. In certain parts of the world though, cocoa is correctly pronounced (as cacao).
#7. It was food for soldiers in World War Two
Chocolate was included in WWII soldier rations. According to army specification, it was designed to taste just “a little better than a boiled potato” so soldiers would not eat it too quickly.
#8. First chocolate machine
The first machine-made chocolate was produced in Barcelona, Spain, in 1780.
#9. Country that produces the most cocoa beans
The Ivory Coast is by far the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans. About 37 percent of all the cocoa beans in the world come from here.
#10. Cocoa is really old food
Cocoa beans have been around for millions of years and is probably one of the oldest of nature’s foods.
#11. Switzerland consumes more chocolate than any other country in the world
In 2012, Switzerland had the biggest chocolate consumption per capita in the world. Each Swiss person ate an average of 11 kilograms of this dainty. Americans ended up 15th with “just” 5 kilograms of chocolate per capita.
#12. White chocolate is not actually chocolate
It doesn’t contain cocoa solids nor cocoa liquor, but it is equally delicious as the regular chocolate.
#13. The most expensive chocolate
The most valuable chocolate bar in the world is a Cadburry’s chocolate bar that was over 100-years old and went on Captain Robert Scott’s first Discovery expedition to the Antarctic. The bar, which was 4 inches long, wrapped and uneaten, was bought for $687 by an anonymous buyer at Christie’s, London in 2001.
#14. Hershey’s is the oldest American chocolate factory
The largest and oldest chocolate company in the U.S. is Hershey’s. Founded by Milton S. Hershey in 1894, this company produces over one billion pounds of chocolate products every year.
#15. Chocolate was used as money
The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of the God of wisdom, and the seeds were pretty valuable so they were used as a form of currency.
#16. Good for your memory
Diet researchers say that dark chocolate boosts memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain. Dark chocolate can also improve the ability to see in low-contrast situations (such as poor weather) and promote lower blood pressure.
#17. Name origin
The origins of the word “chocolate” probably comes from the Classical Nahuatl word xocolātl (meaning “bitter water”).
#18. This is the biggest chocolate ever
The largest chocolate bar weighed 5792 kilos and was created by Thorntons plc in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK on 7 October 2011. The chocolate bar measured 13 feet 1.48 inches by 13 feet 1.48 inches by 1 foot 1.78 inches.
#19. Dark chocolate is probably the healthiest among all chocolates
It is rich in antioxidants and flavenoids that help prevent heart diseases.
#20. Cocoa tree
The tree itself lives up to 200 years, but produces usable cocoa beans for only 25 years.