Thursday, 31 May 2012

Some interesting facts about chocolate

  • Eating chocolate gives you the same feeling as falling in love. This is probably why Valentine's Day and chocolate go hand in hand.
  • Chocolate comes from the Aztec word "xocolatl" which means "bitter water".
  • Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.
  • Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying "Money grows on trees" came from.
  • Hershey is the oldest and largest chocolate company in the US.
  • Cadbury is the most popular chocolate in the UK.
  • Most cocoa comes from West Africa.
  • The most expensive chocolate in the world is $2,600 per pound. It's called Madeleine and is made by Fritz Knipschildt, a chocolatier in Connecticut.
  • Eating chocolate can also reduce the symptoms of stress.
  • Chocolate is beneficial for proper blood flow to the lungs and other organs.
  • The minerals in chocolate help to increase brain power and function.
  • An English doctor prescribed chocolate to pregnant women as he believed it helped the fetus and embryo's development.
  • Thomas Jefferson, third president of the US, was quoted as saying "The superiority of chocolate, both for health and nourishment, will soon give it the preference over tea and coffee in America which it has in Spain."


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