Interesting Facts about Chocolate

  • Chocolate was domesticated in Central America some 3500 years ago. Mesoamerican cultures of the Aztecs and Maya used it as food and currency.
  • Europeans came in contact with the cocoa plant in the early 16th century, but the wide adoption of chocolate in Europe happened after almost 200 years.
  • For a long time, chocolate production was costly. It became commonplace and used by the general population only after Industrial Revolution.
  • Today, around two-thirds of the world’s cocoa production is located in West Africa, with almost half coming from Côte d'Ivoire.
  • The most extensive bar of chocolate was created in 2000 in Italy, and it weighed 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 a 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 significantly affect our metabolism, giving us mood-lifting agents and antioxidants that relieve our body from stress and pollution.
Strawberries with Chocolate
  • Every Russian and American astronaut who spent more than one day in space has eaten chocolate in orbit.
  • Eating dark chocolate moderately widens arteries and enables more effortless blood flow.
  • The mere smell of chocolate can increase the number of theta waves in our brains, causing us to relax.
  • Large doses of chocolate can cause head pain.
  • Eating excessive amounts of chocolate can even cause death! The first of them was recorded in 17th century Mexico.
  • Americans eat an average of 22 pounds of candy each year, evenly split between candy and chocolate. Europeans consume less.
  • Country with the most consumed chocolate per capita is not the US, but Switzerland, followed by England.
  • Fortunate chocolate accident caused the creation of microwaves. WW2 scientists tested new technology for radar when one candy melted in the pocket of the scientists Percy Spencer.
  • Around 50-60 million children work daily on chocolate farms, mainly in conditions that could only be described as slavery.
Strawberries with Chocolate
Strawberries with Chocolate
Green Tea Chocolate
Chocolate Cream Egg
Powdered Cacao