There’s so much you don’t know about chocolate

There’s so much you don’t know about chocolate.

There’s so much you don’t know about chocolate

Chocolate been a favourite sweet for eons. It has been used as currency and has even been linked to weight loss (surprised?), reduced heart disease and improved memory.

And while these facts may come as a surprise to you, there are many more things you may not know about chocolate, such as …

1. Easter is not the only time to celebrate chocolate
World Chocolate Day is celebrated on 7 July each year. This marks the first day chocolate was first brought to Europe in 1550 – although this is contentious because some say Christopher Columbus brought it back in 1504.

There’s also National Milk Chocolate Day on 28 July, International Chocolate Day on 13 September and National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day on 7 November.

2. Chocolate is a vegetable (sort of)
Milk and dark chocolate are derived from the cacao bean which grows on a tree, so it could technically be called a vegetable. We probably won’t see it on the healthy food pyramid too soon, though.

3. Cocoa and cacao are the same thing
They are the same thing, but different. Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing raw cacao beans, in a process that maintains the cacao’s living enzymes but removes the fat to make cacao butter.

Cocoa powder is raw cacao that has been roasted at high temperatures. So, while they are the same thing, the end result is very different.

4. The Brits invented solid chocolate
‘Eating’ chocolate was invented in 1847 in a confectionary shop called Fry and Sons, and it was done by combining cocoa butter, sugar and chocolate liquor. It was a solid, grainy form of modern chocolate. But it is also said that the first chocolate ‘bar’ was made by the Cadbury company in England in 1842.

5. Baker’s chocolate isn’t just for baking
It’s all in the name. Dr James Baker and John Hannon founded a chocolate company called Walter Baker Chocolate in 1765, which is where the term ‘Baker’s Chocolate’ comes from. So, it’s not just for cooking.

6. Milk chocolate was made in Switzerland
After eight years of experimentation, Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter created milk chocolate in 1875. Condensed milk ended up being the key ingredient.

7. Cacao trees can live up to 200 years
They may live a long time, but they can only produce the goods (ie, viable beans) for around 25 years.

8. It takes a lot to make chocolate
It takes around 400 cacao beans to make 450g of chocolate. It takes me about four minutes to eat that size of chocolate block. From now on I’ll respect every mouthful!

9. Most chocolate is now grown in Africa
It may have Amazonian roots, but nearly 70 per cent of the world’s supply of cacao beans now grows in Africa – much of which on the Ivory Coast.

10. Why chocolate melts in your mouth
It’s the only edible substance that has a melting point of around 33°C – just below the human body temperature – which is why it melts so easily on your tongue.

Read more facts about chocolate at Mental Floss.

Do you know any other interesting chocolate facts?

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    musicveg
    17th Apr 2019
    1:41pm
    Raw cacao still has the nutrients left in it and could possibly benefit health, everything else does not. Why is it addictive? Because it effects your dopamine levels and this in turn effects everything else, possibly negative. If you do consume chocolate stick to raw cacao without additives and not too much, also importantly make sure it is sustainable, this article did not talk about the environmental aspects of eating chocolate.
    Jennie
    17th Apr 2019
    4:32pm
    Chocolate contains theobromine, cocoa and dark chocolate having the most. DON'T let your dog eat chocolate, it is poisonous for dogs and they can die. If they do eat it it's off to the vet for an emetic followed by activated charcoal.
    Triss
    17th Apr 2019
    7:54pm
    Luckily our Labrador couldn’t read, Jennie, because he snarfed up a square of chocolate that was dropped on the floor and didn’t even burp.
    Greg
    18th Apr 2019
    10:43pm
    Depends on amount, small amounts won't hurt them at all, the more they eat or the small the dog the more of a reaction you'll get.

    For example we thought a dog we were mining ate a whole chocolate bar, 55gs, only a small dog, phoned vet who said that amount was not an issue and sure enough no signs of poisoning at all.
    Alexia
    18th Apr 2019
    3:10pm
    You say the British invented solid chocolate? hahahaha!!!!!!
    Did they also invent the wheel, discover that fire burns and water makes you wet? Well then they should wash more often!
    Chocolate was brought to Europe from the discovery and colonisation of Mexico, where the cocoa beans were used as coin.
    The Spaniards used chocolate first as did the French and then the Swiss and it only got to be known in Britain many years after and only used by the aristocracy, as it was an expensive and scarce luxury.
    So I very much doubt that the British has anything to do with making a new form of chocolate.
    musicveg
    19th Apr 2019
    2:23am
    Enjoy your chocolate while you can, climate change is threatening, read this interesting article:
    http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/climate-change-impacting-chocolate-production/529604


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