Fun Facts About Chocolate

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  • The scientific name for the tree that chocolate comes from, Theobroma cacao, means “Food of the Gods.”
  • The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.
  • It takes approximately 400 cocoa beans to make one pound (450 gr.) of chocolate.
  • M&Ms were created in 1941 as a means for soldiers to enjoy chocolate without it melting.
  • The World’s largest chocolate bar weighed 5,792 kg (12,770 lb).
  • Eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one-third.
  • Chocolate can sicken and even kill dogs.
  • In 2013, Belgium issued a limited edition of chocolate flavored stamps.
  • Did you know that a chocolate river once existed? Well it did, back in 1971. The famous chocolate river Augustus Gloop almost drowned in in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film was made 15,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream.
  • In fact, chocolate was consumed as a liquid, not a solid, for 90% of its history.
  • The first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry.
  • Among admirers of chocolate women are twice more than men.
  • Chocolate contains a small amount of caffeine producing an effect of mild amphetamine.
  • More than 7 billion pounds of chocolate are annually eaten worldwide.
  • About 90% of cacao in the world is grown on small family farms, no larger than 12 acres.
  • White chocolate is not chocolate because it doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor,
    white chocolate isn’t chocolate in the strict sense.
  • A single chocolate chip can give you enough energy to walk 150 feet.
  • Eating chocolate can help prevent tooth decay and works as an anti-bacterial agent.
  • Allergies to chocolate are uncommon (isn’t that good to know).

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