Fun Facts About Chocolate
Ringo | On 14, Dec 2013
Chocolates is one of those foods that will never be out of season. Whatever age and gender people can’t resist this tooth-aching yummy. Me, chocolate is one of those things that first come into my mind whenever I wanted to have my self some sweeties.
What’s great is that chocolate bars are everywhere. I don’t have to commute whenever I crave for one.
This blog post will enumerate some amazing and fascinating facts about this wonderful treat.
- Made from cacao, experts believed that chocolate existed as early as 1100 BC.
- The Aztecs, who have lived around Mexico from 14th to 16th century showed processes of making chocolates.
- In 2007, archaeologists reported findings that vessels used in Honduras was used to make chocolate drinks. Such vessels were estimated to have existed at about 1100 to 1400 BC.
Interesting History Facts
- According to a write up by a missionary that lived in Peru during the later parts of 16th century, chocolate drinks are consumed with chilies.
- Due to the high demands of the drink in Spain, Spaniards conquest the Aztecs and forced them to produce cacao.
- Way back 17th century the consumption of chocolate drink was banned in Mexico. This was after a bishop died after drinking a chocolate. Later it was found that someone injected a poison to his drink.
- Aztecs and Mayans once used cacao seeds as a form of currency.
- The solid chocolate was only made available in 18th century. Since then, chocolate factories numbered.
- During the year 1867, a candle maker experimented with the bars of chocolates and mixed it with milk. He produced the creamy chocolate bars in 1875 and instantly became very rich.
- Heating and grinding the solid chocolate finely enabled Milton Hershey to mass produce chocolate bars. The company Hershey was born.
Modern Chocolate Production
- About two-thirds of the world’s chocolate was produced in West Africa.
- The Ivory Coast produces 37% of the world supply. However, the country has been hit for a brutal child labor in order to meet the world’s demand.
- Today’s chocolate bars are produced by mixing fat and cocoa butter.
- There are two main jobs in making commercial chocolate. The first was harvesting the seeds to make a couverture chocolate and the buying of those finished couverture to make the candies.
- The cacao seeds are actually fermented for up to seven days.
- Dark chocolate is composed of sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, and (sometimes) vanilla.
- Milk chocolate is composed sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, milk or milk powder, and vanilla.
- White chocolate is composed sugar, cocoa butter, milk or milk powder, and vanilla.
Other Fun Facts
- The fruit that cacao produce is called a pod. Each pods usually contains 40-45 cacao seeds. It takes 135-270 pieces of seeds to make a pound of chocolate.
- The first pod of a cacao tree is after three years.
- Chocolates has this natural chemicals that is associated with happiness. The chemical called Tryptophan triggers the body to produce endorphin and serotonin, two of the hormones that makes people happy.
- Despite chocolate is widely associated with tooth decay. Cocoa actually contains has natural enzymes that fight harmful bacteria in the mouth.
- 45 million people depend on chocolate alone as a source of living.
- Just like coffee, cacao only grows in countries along the equator.
- Americans consume about half of the world’s chocolate supply.
- Chocolate candies manufacturers consume 20% of the world’s supply of peanuts and 40% of world’s almonds.
- The Chocopologie by Knipschildt was declared as the most expensive chocolate. This is worth $2600 per pound. This made-to-order truffle is made of of 70% Valrhona Cacao, which is blended with creamy ganache with truffle oil.