Chocolate: 20 Fun Facts

  1. White chocolate isn’t actually chocolate because it doesn’t contain any cocoa solids or liquids.
  2. Eating dark chocolate everyday can reduce your risk of heart disease by ⅓.
  3. Chocolate has an antibacterial effect on the mouth and protects against tooth decay.
  4. A lethal dose of chocolate for humans would be about 40 Hershey bars.
  5. At one point in WW2, the Nazis planned to assassinate Winston Churchill with a bar of exploding chocolate.
  6. When the Aztecs ruled Mesoamerica, cacao beans were used as a form of currency.
  7. The largest chocolate bar ever weighed 12,770 pounds.
  8. Tests have shown that people who consume cocoa more regularly have a lower blood pressure, and are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
  9. Chocolate cravings cannot be satisfied by any other sweet/candy other than chocolate itself.
  10. The word chocolate comes from the Aztec word “Xocolatl” which means “bitter water”.
  11. Hershey’s produces over 80 million Kisses every day.
  12. Red wine goes the best with dark chocolate; champagne and sparkling wine are too acidic.
  13. Chocolate is the only edible substance that melts at a temperature of around 33.8 ºC due to the presence of cocoa butter.
  14. One chocolate chip can give a person enough energy to walk 45.7m.
  15. Hershey’s kisses used to be shaped like squares.
  16. The first chocolate bar was made by Cadbury.
  17. To make one pound of chocolate requires 400 cacao beans.
  18. Chocolate is America’s favourite flavour.
  19. The Swiss eat the most chocolate on average: 22 pounds per person, as of 2010.
  20. Research has shown a high correlation between a nation’s average chocolate intake and the number of Nobel prize winners from that nation.

– Nomster Chara

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