facts about Chocolate

52 Tasty Facts about Chocolate

Chocolate is undoubtedly one of the best-loved sweet treats in the world.  Delicious and available in various varieties, many people feel it offers the perfect taste sensation!  However, as it is often crammed full of sugar, it may not be the best choice for our regular diets!  But did you know that chocolate can be pretty healthy in a variety of ways?

There’s certainly more to chocolate than first meets the eye.  It’s a huge part of British culture, particularly as many people claim no one does a good bar of milk chocolate better than Cadbury’s!  However, here’s a few facts about chocolate which you may not have been aware of before.

  1. Chocolate is dependent on cocoa, or cacao beans. In fact, to make a pound of solid chocolate, you’ll need around 400 cacao beans!
  2. Think about how many trees you would need to make than amount of chocolate! As a tree will generally grow between 2,500 and 3,000 beans, the chocolate industry needs a fair few forests to pick from!
  3. The tree in question which grows these beans is called the Theobroma cacao, which translates to ‘food of the gods’.
  4. Cacao beans are more than valuable in terms of deliciousness. In fact, dating back centuries, the Aztecs were once said to trade them as currency!

chocolate facts

  1. It takes a long time to get a cacao tree to start growing beans. In fact, some farmers are known to wait five years at a time to start getting a good harvest!
  2. Most of the world’s cacao is produced in Africa, across Nigeria, Ghana and the Ivory Coast, however, beans are still harvested elsewhere in Indonesia the Caribbean and South America.
  3. Chocolate is a treat which is linked to weight gain; however, it is also linked to mood elevation. Too much sugar binds in your body and leads to an increase in weight.  However, did you know that chocolate is thought to possess similar mood relaxants to those found in cannabis?
  1. Chocolate possesses added sugar, rather than naturally occurring sugars, which are seen as very unhealthy long-term. Therefore, eating chocolate in moderation is always recommended.
  2. It’s thought that chocolate helps to provide a lot of dopamine to the brain. It’s great for regulating serotonin, according to reports.

facts on chocolate

  1. However, further studies seem to suggest that the smell of chocolate alone might be enough to stimulate these positive receptors! No wonder cooking chocolate smells so good!
  2. This is said to be thanks to the fact that the scent can help to derive theta waves in the brain. These studies make for fascinating reading!
  3. If you know anything about flavour compounds, you’ll know that plenty of people taste wine thanks to its 200 different taste twists. Did you know, however, that chocolate has more than triple this, at over 600 compounds?
  1. The first chocolate bar in the world was created by – who else – but Cadbury’s, in 1842. Since then, the brand has become synonymous with authentic milk chocolate.  Their landmark Dairy Milk range of bars, for example, are some of the most popular chocolate treats on the planet.
  2. However, data also suggests that Fry and Sons created what was known as ‘eating chocolate’ a few years later in 1847. In any case, it’s clear that chocolate is more than 160 years old.

facts about chocolates

  1. These bars were called eating chocolate because, up to then, people only ever drank chocolate hot from mugs. It’s a practice that carries on to this day!
  2. However, let’s take a look at dark chocolate. This darker, richer and more bitter blend of cacao actually has a fair few health benefits.  For example, regular dark chocolate consumption may help to lower your risk of high blood pressure and heart disease.
  3. Did you know that dark chocolate is also, technically, a superfood? By this, we mean that it’s crammed full of antioxidants.  It’s generally pretty healthy for the blood, as well as for the brain.  Again, however, don’t eat too much too often, as it’s full of added sugars.
  4. White chocolate is an interesting concept. It’s not actually chocolate at all!  Instead, this lighter, creamier treat is made from cocoa butter.  No beans or liquor come anywhere near it!
  5. Cocoa is extremely toxic to pets. Never give your furry friends real chocolate – opt for pet-friendly chocolate flavour treats from your local pet shop instead.

chocolate fact

  1. Chocolate is under threat from climate change. Studies suggest that some of the major growing areas for cacao are coming under threat of increasing temperatures and decreasing rainfall.  Therefore, by 2050, the vast majority of production areas may no longer be effective for growing beans.  If there aren’t already enough reasons for you to look into climate change and global warming, you just found another one.
  2. What’s more, climate change could bring about disease that spreads between trees and cacao-growing plants. Naturally, this could see the end of chocolate as we know it.
  1. Scientists are actively working to create cacao that resists disease and may therefore be able to withstand the ongoing pressures of global warming. How are they doing this?  Through DNA editing!
  2. There are more than three main types of chocolate. There is blonde chocolate, which is extremely rare, and ruby chocolate, a recent creation which is pale pink in colour!
  3. In the UK right now, the main way you can sample ruby chocolate yourself is by helping yourself to a KitKat. The wafer chocolate brand was the first to adopt the new-look treat.

interesting facts about Chocolate

  1. Chocolate is a unique foodstuff in that it will melt at around 93 degrees Fahrenheit. No other edible solid can do this.
  2. The word ‘chocolate’ itself actually derives from Aztec times. The word ‘xocoatl’ was used to describe a drink the Aztecs used to make from the beans.
  3. The biggest chocolate bar ever made was created to help make the centenary of Thornton’s, a popular UK chocolate manufacturer. It was almost 5,800kg, or 12,800lbs in weight!
  4. One of the most popular chocolate treats in the UK isn’t a bar. It’s an orange!  Terry’s Chocolate Orange is a fruit-shaped sweet which you can split into segments to eat one at a time.  Believe it or not, Terry’s makes around 350 million segments each year.
  5. There are many different varieties of Terry’s Chocolate Orange, as you can enjoy them in white, dark and even popping candy versions.

chocolate delice

  1. Chocolate tends to be a treat that women prefer more than men do. In fact, twice as many women are thought to enjoy chocolate than men who say the same.
  2. While chocolate is mainly made in Africa and South America, it’s Europe that eats the most of it. In fact, around 40% of chocolate produced goes straight to the continent!  Could the UK mainly be to blame for this, perhaps?
  3. However, that’s nothing based on what North America consumes. The continent reportedly uses up 50% if all chocolate produced on the planet!
  1. Toblerone, the triangular chocolate treat, is hugely popular around the world. It’s thought that if all the Toblerones sold each year were laid across the Earth, end touching end, they would stretch further than 62,000km, or more than 38,500 miles.  In fact, that would mean they would cover the expanse of the globe and come back again!
  2. Death by chocolate is possible, according to a poor bishop back in the 17th A Mexican man of the cloth found himself poisoned via the treat after he’d banned it from being enjoyed during his sermons!

milk chocolate facts

  1. In terms of chocolate poisoning in general, you’d need to eat around 22lbs of the treat in one sitting for it to be toxic.
  2. Chocolate is also a strong source of caffeine. In fact, the darker the chocolate, the higher the caffeine content.  Need to stay awake for long periods?  Head for the darkest chocolate you can find!
  3. Chocolate is thought to have aphrodisiac qualities, though this is yet to be proven in science!
  4. Wondering about the difference between cacao and cocoa? Wonder no more.  They mean the exact same thing.  In fact, ‘cacao’ is how ‘cocoa’ is roughly pronounced in Spanish.
  5. Cocoa butter is one of many brilliant cacao by-products. It is popularly used in body creams and moisturisers, helpful in reducing stretch marks and scarring in many cases.

random facts about Chocolate

  1. Chocolate is used to make sculptures and artwork, too! In fact, the biggest sculpture ever made out of chocolate was an Australian Easter egg.  It weighed more than 2,000kg (less than 4,500lbs) and was around ten feet tall!
  2. In some ways, chocolate is grown in much the same way as you would cultivate vegetables! That’s because the tree beans grow on is an evergreen.  Cacao tress actually share common family traits with other plants that produce cotton.
  3. Chocolate is often a good way to mark an occasion, but did you know that plenty of people actually celebrate chocolate itself worldwide? For example, you can expect to celebrate various ‘National Chocolate Days’ across the USA and UK.  It’s a great excuse to tuck into your favourite treats!
  1. One of the most popular dates on the chocolate calendar is, of course, Easter. It’s here where people traditionally share chocolate eggs with one another.  Egg shapes are thought to represent the rebirth of Jesus Christ.
  2. It started becoming popular to mix chocolate with other fillings in the 1920s. That’s when Mars developed the Milky Way, which contains nougat.  To this day, there are multiple chocolate brands and treats which contain the soft, sweet centre.

Chocolate Easter Bunny

  1. Chocolate is thought to have been part of our lifestyle for at least two millennia. History shows that it has roots in ancient Aztec times, eventually becoming part of a luxury drinking scene in 18th century Europe.  While Marie Antoinette declared ‘let them eat cake’, she was partial to the odd drink of chocolate, herself.
  2. M&Ms are some of the most popular chocolate treats on the planet. However, they were created with a practical purpose in mind.  Believe it or not, they were first made for soldiers to eat while on campaign.  M&Ms will only melt when crushed – and as chocolate generally melts very easily when kept in your pocket, these were seen as a more useful, practical treat alternative.
  1. Milton Hershey is responsible for helping to build one of the biggest chocolate empires on the planet, largely trading in the US. However, he very nearly didn’t make it – as he was booked to sail on the ill-fated Titanic. However, he luckily cancelled his trip at the last minute.
  2. Studies show that chocolate could help to fight against tooth decay! However, again, sugar is generally bad for you – and as we all know, too much sugar can lead to even worse tooth decay, tartar and gum disease.  Eat the odd chunk of chocolate but depend more on brushing and flossing regularly to avoid these kinds of problems!
  3. Are you eating chocolate right now? You might want to pause a moment.  It’s thought that the average bar of chocolate contains up to eight parts of an insect!  We’re not sure that’s always the case in a bar of Dairy Milk, but statistics are statistics!

fun chocolate facts

  1. Chocolate is also thought to help remedy coughs. In fact, some studies show that eating chocolate can be more effective at combatting common coughs than some medication!
  2. Many chocolatiers are known to blend chocolate with a variety of savoury flavours. For example, a rise in chocolate and sea salt, as well as chocolate and chilli, has been growing over the past few years.  Believe it or not, there’s even a recipe for chocolate and calamari (squid) soup out there – if you’ve got adventurous tastes, why not give it a go?
  3. If it wasn’t for chocolate, we wouldn’t have the microwave oven. That’s because inventor Percy Spence found that a chocolate bar he’d kept in his pocket melted close to his radar equipment during World War II!

What's the difference between Cacao and Cocoa?

Cacao beans are the source of both Cacao and Cocoa suppliers. Cacao refers to the raw, uncooked, additive free and unprocessed form of chocolate. It isn’t until after the Cacao beans are roasted and processed that they’re called Cocoa.

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