April 22, 2014

10 Fun chocolate facts

World map of chocolate

We’re sure you spent most of the weekend eating it, but how much do you know about chocolate? Here are 10 fun chocolatey facts from around the world to whet your appetite…

1. People in Mexico still prefer chocolate as a drink to start their day. Mexican chocolates are known for the different spices like cinnamon and chilies added to them to add flavour and to increase the aroma. The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which ironically means “bitter water” and cacao beans were so valuable to the ancient Aztecs and Mayans that they were used as currency.

2. Spaniards were the first to use sugar cane to sweeten the bitter chocolate brought from Mexico.

3. The smell of chocolate has been proven to increase the brain waves which trigger relaxation.

4. White chocolate isn't technically chocolate as it contains no cocoa.

5. M&Ms were created in 1941 as a means for soldiers to enjoy chocolate without it melting.

6. Chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and protects against tooth decay.

7. There are around 2000 chocolate shops in Denmark. People in this country still prefer making chocolates by hand in the small chocolate shops spread all across the country. The country has also given us some of the most popular brands of chocolates such as Mars, Bounty, Snickers and Twix.

8. People in Switzerland are so fond of chocolates that the country has the highest per capita consumption of chocolate in the world.

9. Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.

10. In some places in the world, you can buy potato chips dipped in milk chocolate

Chocolate dipped potato Lays chips


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