Fun Chocolate Facts
Many people are interested in reading fun chocolate facts, as chocolate is a common favorite among candy and dessert enthusiasts all over the world. Its rich, burnished flavor and melt-in-your mouth goodness create irresistible treats for its pious followers. What you may not know, though, is that beyond those boxes and tinfoil wrappers, some interesting and fun chocolate facts exist about this sweet confection.
2000 years ago, chocolate was first consumed as a beverage by the Mayan Indians from southern Mexico. Even before the people began brewing the cacao, the beans were used as a form of currency.
Cacao beans taste bitter in their natural state. In fact, the term "chocolate" originated from an Aztec word, Xocolatl, which means "bitter water."
Chocolate literally is the Food of the Gods. The cacao beans that are harvested come from a tree species with a genus name of Theobroma, which translates to (you guessed it) food of the gods.
More Fun Chocolate Facts
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- In America, 71% of consumers favor milk chocolate over other variants.
- 50% of Americans will choose chocolate over other flavors such as vanilla.
- The largest chocolate bar ever manufactured was in Italy in 2000. The bar had a weight of 5,000 lbs.
- In the U.S., 25% of all peanuts and 40% of all almonds are used in chocolate making.
- The preferred ice cream topping is chocolate fudge or syrup.
- The popular belief that chocolate causes acne is a myth.
- Chocolate is a natural form if anti-depressant. It produces serotonin –a chemical that elevates the mood. It is also referred to as the "happy chemical." Now that is a happy fun chocolate fact.
- A 6oz cup of milk chocolate contains approximately 5mg of caffeine.
- White chocolate has no caffeine. In fact, white chocolate isn't chocolate at all. White chocolate is based on fat (vegetable oil or cocoa butter) and sugar, without any cocoa solids.
- Chocolate syrup was used to depict blood in the iconic shower scene of Hitchcock's film, "Psycho."
- 600,000 tons is the average global consumption of cocoa beans per year.
- Worldwide consumers spend more than $20 billion per year on chocolate products.
- Chocolate is an aphrodisiac. It contains the chemical phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical that the brain produces when you're in love.
- An average American will eat about 10-12 lbs of chocolate per year.
- It takes about 400 cacao beans to create 1 lb of chocolate.
- Chocolate melts in your moth because its cocoa butter component has a melting point that is slightly below the human body's average temperature.
- Scientific research can prove that chocolate is not addictive.
- An average Swiss will eat about 21 lbs of chocolate a year. The Swiss, however, have one of the lowest heart failure rates and obesity cases in the world.
- The Hershey Factory was founded in Pennsylvania in 1871.
- The first bar of chocolate was produced by Cadbury in England in 1842 For more fun candy bar trivia, click here.
- Women crave chocolate more than men.
- A dark chocolate bar has approximately 10-15g of sugar. A glass of orange juice has about 22g of sugar.
- 23 million Hershey kisses are approximately produced each day.
- Chocolate is harmful to dogs. It is poisonous actually. The theobromine in chocolate is a stimulant and can be hazardous to dogs and other animals. It can cause seizures and even death.
- Chocolate, especially the dark variety, is rich in anti-oxidants, which reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Chocolate also has copper, iron, zinc and magnesium -nutrients essential to the body.
Did You Know?
Eating just one chocolate chip will give an average adult the needed energy to walk 150 feet.
Fun Chocolate Quotes
Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you're gonna get - Forrest Gump
Chocolate makes everyone smile-even bankers. - Ben Strohecker (chocolatier)
Chocolate is a serious thing! - Start Trek: The Next Generation
I never met a chocolate I didn't like. - Star Trek: The Next Generation
Strength is the capacity to break a piece of chocolate into 4 pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of those pieces. - Judith Viorst