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Fun Facts About Chocolate

| On 14, Dec 2013

Bars of chocolates available at Chocolate Lover

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.

History

  • 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.

Learn more the author of this post:

Ringo
I am Ringo and allow me to say not an ordinary man. I've been working home base since 2009 and as of now, has no plans of returning to corporate. Web designer. Frustrated chef. Foodie. Good son (ehem!). Good father (to two labrador retrievers). And, a servant of God.

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