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Chocolate has a very long history and has been used for over 3000 years. Evidence shows that early chocolate was not eaten but was drunk, and the white pulp found in the cacao bean was used as a form of fermentable sugar to make alcoholic drinks. It has also been proven that the Aztecs used cacao beans as a form of currency. There are various forms of chocolate including unsweetened, milk, dark, and white chocolate. Dark chocolate has been proven to have various health benefits. Cacao trees are native to South America, but chocolate is produced all over the world in various forms such as hot chocolate drinks, candy bars, and much more.

  • Of all the Americans that consume chocolate, 71% prefer to eat milk chocolate

  • Chocolate is considered a natural antidepressant, it contains tryptophan which aides in the production of serotonin

  • More than 50% of Americans prefer chocolate over any other flavor including vanilla

  • The biggest bar of chocolate ever made weighed 5,000 pounds and was created in Italy in the year 2000

  • Of those produced in the United States, 40% of all almonds and 25% of all peanuts are used in the production of chocolate

  • The most popular ice cream topping is chocolate syrup

  • The word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word, Xocolatl, which means bitter water

  • A six ounce cup of milk chocolate contains about 5 milligrams of caffeine, while white chocolate contains no caffeine

  • Studies have proven that contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne

  • Chocolate syrup was the ingredient used to portray blood in the famous shower seen in “Psycho” by Alfred Hitchcock

  • Annual worldwide consumption of cocoa beans averages about 600,000 tons a year

  • Consumers around the world spend more than $20 billion a year on chocolate

  • Phenyl ethylamine, a chemical found in chocolate, is the same chemical produced by the brain when you are in love

  • The average American eats somewhere between 10 and 12 pounds of chocolate a year

  • It takes approximately 400 cacao beans to make one pound of chocolate

  • Cocoa beans go through an eight step process to become chocolate

  • Chocolate is made to melt in your mouth, cocoa butter has a melting point that is just below the average human body temperature

  • Scientific studies have proven that chocolate is in no way addictive

  • Consuming one chocolate chip gives the average adult enough energy to walk about 150 feet

  • The average Swiss eats about 21 pounds of chocolate per year and the Swiss have one of the lowest obesity and heart failure rates in the world

  • The Hershey chocolate factory was founded in 1871 in Pennsylvania by Milton Hershey

  • The first ever chocolate bar was produced in England by Cadbury in 1842

  • Women are far more likely to crave chocolate than men

  • A bar of dark chocolate contains about 10-15 grams of sugar while a glass of orange juice contains about 22 grams of sugar

  • Approximately 23 million Hershey Kisses are produced everyday

There are many interesting facts about chocolate, as well as many uses. Chocolate has been around for thousands of years, and is still as popular as ever. While cocoa beans were originally only found in South America, the beans are now cultivated in many different countries with tropical weather near the equator. With new scientific studies occurring all the time, we are constantly learning new things about chocolate, especially about its health benefits.

Exploring Chocolate – tons of great information including history, production, and health benefits of chocolate

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Chocolate Mysteries – uncovering some of the common myths about chocolate

Chocolate on the Brain – information on the effect of chocolate on the human brain

Fair Trade Cocoa – information on the importance of fair trade certification for chocolate

World Cocoa Foundation – a not for profit organization that promotes a sustainable, responsible cocoa economy

Chocolate Truth – some interesting facts regarding chocolate and your health

Chocolate Making – some great information and facts on making your own chocolate

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