“Chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “xocolatl,” which means “bitter water.”
Europe was introduced to chocolate when Christopher Columbus brought back cocoa beans from the Caribbean islands from his 1502 voyage.
Switzerland is one of the top countries when it comes to chocolate consumption. The Swiss eat roughly 22 lbs of chocolate per person per year. The U.S. consumes about 11 lbs per person each year.
The melting point of cocoa butter is just below 98.6 degree F. This is how chocolate so wonderfully melts in your mouth.
The best way to store chocolate is by wrapping it in foil and then placing it in plastic. Keep it at a constant temperature of 65 degrees F and 50% humidity.
Dark chocolate stored under perfect conditions will last for 10 years.
The largest box of chocolatescontained 90,090 Frango mint chocolates and weighed 3,3226 lbs! It was made by Marshall Field’s of Chicago on November 14, 2002.
Quality dark chocolate contains flavonoids which help reduced the risk of heart disease.
Eating a 1.6 oz (small) bar of dark chocolate can be good for you!
Chocolate is associated with the release of serotonin, the hormone that makes you feel relaxed, calm, and happy.
Research has shown that allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produced brain and heart rate activity that was simliar to – and even stronger than – that produced with passionate kissing.
Cocoa Beans were used as currencyamong the Mayan and Aztec cultures (and who says money doesn’t grown on trees)!
Hershey’s is the oldest and largest chocolate company in the U.S.
Cadbury is the most popular chocolate in the UK.
Most cocoa comes from West Africa.
“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands and then eat just one of the pieces.”
The most expensive chocolate in the world is a $250 creation, called the Madeleine, by Fritz Knipschildt of Knipschildt Chocolatier in South Norwalk, Connecticut. The Madeleine is a specially, handmade dark chocolate truffle complete with a rich ganache, cocoa dusting, and a French truffle inside.
With the price of $250, these chocolates cost approximately $2,600 per pound.
As a side note, Dark chocolate is good for your heart health, but just be sure that it’s at least 70% cocoa.