Even if you’re not a sweet-tooth, we all enjoy the occasional piece of chocolate at the end of a long day. Chocolate, in all its forms, is one of the greatest inventions out there – but how much do we really know about it? Here are some random, but amusing facts about chocolate – in case you have a couple of free minutes and you want to take your mind off your daily troubles.
Although it’s called white chocolate, white chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids – which can be found in every other type of chocolate – or chocolate liqueur – so technically, it’s not really chocolate, even though it often contains cocoa butter. It’s main ingredient (besides sugar) is milk or milk solids.
Chocolate Grows on Trees
Yup, this is something any true chocolate monster should know – both milk and dark chocolate come from the cacao bean which grows on a cacao tree. It’s origin is the seed from the fruit of the cacao tree.
How Many Beans Make a Pound?
Each cacao tree can produce approximately 2,500 beans. It takes a cacao tree four to five years to produce its first beans. It takes approximately 400 cacao beans to make one pound of chocolate.
Ferdinand & Isabella: Evil and Stupid
The spread of chocolate from Spain throughout Europe began in the 16th century can be traced to the Spanish Inquisition. When the Jews were expelled from Spain by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, they brought their chocolate processing knowledge with them to other parts of the region.
The First Chocolate Bar Came From…
In 1847, Fry & Sons made the very first chocolate bar from cocoa powder, sugar and cocoa butter in Bristol England.
The first Chocolate Chip Cookie
The first chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1937 by Ruth Wakefield who ran the “Toll House Inn.” The term “Toll House” is now legally a generic word for chocolate chip cookie. It is the most popular cookie worldwide and is the official cookie of Massachusetts.
Dark chocolate is Good For You
In an array of studies, dark chocolate has been shown to be beneficial to human health for different reasons. However, cacao or chocolate liquor should be the first ingredient listed – not sugar.
Does Chocolate Aggravate Acne?
There are have been studies that showed no link between acne and chocolate. German researchers have gone so far as to suggest that flavonoids in chocolate help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, ultimately improving its appearance.
Can It Boost Your Memory?
Research suggests that dark chocolate boosts memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain.
Which Nation Eats the Most Chocolate?
The nation that consumes the most chocolate is Switzerland, with 22 pounds eaten per person, annually. Australia and Ireland follow with 20 pounds and 19 pounds per person, respectively. The US comes in 11th with approximately 12 pounds of chocolate eaten per person, annually.