History of Chocolate
Interesting Facts about Chocolate
Fun and Interesting Facts about Chocolate
Chocolate was domesticated in Central America some 3500 years ago. It was used by Mesoamerican cultures of Aztec and Maya as a food and currency.
Europeans came in contact with cocoa plant in early 16th century, but the wide adoption of chocolate in Europe happened after almost 200 years.
For a long time, chocolate production was very expensive. It became commonplace and used by general population only after Industrial Revolution.
Today, around two-thirds of the entire world’s cocoa production is located in West Africa, with almost half coming from Côte d'Ivoire.
The biggest bar of chocolate was created in 2000 in Italy, and it weighted 5 thousand pounds!
On the first encounter of Europeans with cocoa, Christopher Columbus believed that his bean was used only as a currency.
Recipe for chocolate drink was protected as a state secret by Spaniards for over 100 years.
Cacao is the bean. Cocoa is the product that is made from it.
First Chocolate house opened in England in 1657.
Cocoa can be grown only between latitudes 20° North and 20° South of the Equator.
Cocoa is very caloric, ranging between 200 and 550 calories for 100g of chocolate.
The world chocolate comes from the ancient Aztec word “xocolatl” which means “bitter water”.
Chocolate can greatly affect our metabolism, giving us mood lifting agents and antioxidants that relive our body from stress and pollution.
Every Russian and American astronaut who spent more than one day in space has eaten chocolate in orbit.
Eating dark chocolate in moderate amounts widens arteries and enables easier blood flow.
The mere smell of chocolate can increase amount of theta waves in our brain, causing us to relax.
Large doses of chocolate can cause head pain.
Eating excessive amounts of chocolate can even cause death! First of them was recorded in 17th century Mexico.
Americans eat average of 22 pounds of candy each year, evenly split between candy and chocolate. Europeans consume less.
Country with most consumed chocolate per capita is not US, but Switzerland, followed by England.
Fortunate chocolate accident caused the creation of microwaves. WW2 scientist tested new technology for radar, when one candy melted in the pocket of the scientists Percy Spencer.
Around 50-60 million children is working daily on chocolate farm, mostly in conditions that could be only described as slavery.