9 Intriguing Facts About Chocolate

February 14, 2012

Chocolate is a favorite gift of Valentine’s Day, but what makes this gift so wonderful? It’s not just rich in taste, but rich in history and intriguing facts! Take a look below to see what we mean.

Food of the gods. Chocolate is said to be a food of the gods; ancient legends believe the gods loved chocolate so much, they wanted to keep it a secret from humans.

Money grew on trees. Chocolate was so valued by the Mayans that they used the cocoa beans as currency–their money literally grew on trees. Our dream was their reality!

Biggest Chocoholic. Which country in the world consumes the most chocolate per person? (Drum roll, please!) Congrats to the Swiss, who have been said to consume up to 22 pounds per year! The U.S. lags behind, allegedly consuming about 12 pounds per person, per year.

Top Dollar Truffle. How much would you pay for world-class chocolate? Cue the Madeleine, which has been identified as the most expensive truffle in the world, and is made by chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt. Price tag? Try $250 per truffle!

The “Anti-”s. Chocolate releases serotonin in your body which causes you to feel happy, relaxed, and calm; it’s been said to be a natural anti-depressant. Dark chocolate contains anti-oxidents, which can be good for your health.

Melt-in-your-mouth explained. Chocolate contains cocoa butter, which has a melting point slightly lower than your natural body temperature. Result? It melts in your mouth.

Secret Revealed. In the famous Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, what was used to portray the blood in the iconic shower scene? Syrup…made of chocolate!

Warning: Can be lethal. Chocolate can be poisonous to certain animals, including dogs. It elevates their heart rate past what their body can bear.

White Chocolate isn’t chocolate. It’s made from cocoa butter, which is what’s squeezed from cocoa beans; there isn’t any part of the cocoa bean in the chocolate, unlike milk/dark chocolate.

So, as you give your chocolate gift this year, include one of the fun facts above as a special treat!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Content courtesy of Knipschildt Chocolatier, IMBD, and Knowledge@Wharton

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