Cooking Chocolate, Food, Chocolate

There are a lot of weird and terrific fun facts about chocolate, it is tough to know which to include and which to omit due to space considerations.

To start with, the Mayans used cacao beans as money as they believed they were more precious than gold dust. They controlled the production of beans in order that their money would not depreciate in value.

White chocolate is not strictly speaking chocolate. We’ve been labouring under a misapprehension for several years. Chocolate must contain cocoa solids, but white chocolate does not have any inside.

Europeans are the biggest fans of chocolate, accounting for the consumption of almost half of the chocolate that’s produced globally.

Where was the largest chocolate bar produced? From the UK; it had been created by Thornton’s because of its centenary.

Toblerone is so popular that when the amount of pubs sold annually were to be placed end to end, they would stretch to 62,000km. That is over the Earth’s circumference.

Chocolate contains theobromine which s a really powerful stimulant. If you consume a lot of it, it may prove fatal. However, you would need to eat around 22 pounds of the stuff in a single sitting, which is not really possible. Theobromine poisoning causes seizures, heart failure, dehydration, and severe kidney damage.

Chocolate chip cookies, loved by many around the world, came into being due to an accident which happened in 1930. Ruth Wakefield ran from cooking chocolate, but undeterred she used bits of chocolate in her biscuit dough. The chocolate she used was Nestles, and she sold her recipe to the company in return for a life’s supply of chocolate.

A pound of chocolate comprises 400 cocoa beans and a cacao tree will create around 2,500 beans. These trees are delicate and cocoa farmers lose about 30 percent of the crop each year.

Early people fermented the pods of the cacao beans to produce drinks aside from chocolate.

These were served in a golden chalice.

Each November in Germany, people celebrate Saint Martin’s Day with candies and cups of steaming cocoa.

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