Just about all of us eat chocolate but I am confident you were not aware of some of the facts about it given below. So, here are some amusing and astonishing facts about chocolate to amuse you.
Mexican Emperor Montezuma partook a Chocolate beverage before entering his harem.
Napoleon supposedly carried along Chocolate on his military campaigns, and always ate it to restore energy.
The term’Chocolate’ comes from the word,’cacahuatl’ or’xocolatl’.
Cocoa was spelled cacao originally, but became cOcOA as a consequence of misspelling.
Cocoa Trees need warm, moist climates. Thus these trees are largely located in West Africa – Ghana, the Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s film,”Psycho”. This scene, which is of 45 seconds, reportedly took 7 days to shoot.
Recipe for the chocolate brownies was introduced at the Fannie Farmer Cookbook in 1896.
Chocolate Chips were introduced by Nestle in 1939.
As of recent estimations, annual worldwide consumption of cocoa beans averages about 600,000 tons annually.
Chocolate can be deadly for dogs. Chocolate includes a component called”Theobromine” which can be poisonous to a dogs central nervous system and cardiac muscles and can cause death.
Cocoa Beans were first brought to Europe from the Spanish Conquistadors in 1528.
Henri Nestle of Switzerland was the first to create Milk Chocolate by adding condensed milk to the mixture when making chocolate bars.
First ever bar of chocolate was produced by Cadbury’s in England, way back in 1842.
It takes about 400 cacao beans to make 1 pound of chocolate.
Rudolphe Lindt of Switzerland was the first to develop a procedure to give Chocolate a smooth consistency. This was done in 1879.
The oldest known culture of the Americas (1500 – 400 B.C.), The Olmecs, were probably the first users of cacao.
From the 17th Century, the first recorded case of”Death by Chocolate” happened.
It helps with depression, higher blood pressure, Tumors and Pre-menstrual syndromes.
Aztec Indians thought chocolate to be an aphrodisiac. Aphrodisiac can be any material that’s assumed to increase sexual desire.