Amazing facts about chocolate

Amazing facts about chocolate.

If you are an chocolate lover, you would know how many roles these sweet treats play in our life, and the best part is you don't really need an occasion to eat one. Chocolates are made from cacao beans that are roasted, cracked and winnowed and processed in to these sweet delights. Cacao beans have an intense bitter taste, which is mostly why they are processed to make chocolates sweeter. Did you know making chocolate is not a piece of cake? Despite its regal background and revered status, the cacao, or cocoa, beans do not just magically turn into chocolates; it takes quite the processing. Let's see some of the most amazing facts about chocolate.

Amazing facts about chocolate

A chocolate river exists.

Well it did, back in 1971. The famous chocolate river Augustus Gloop almost drowned in in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory film was made 15,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. With all the cream, the river spoiled fairly quickly and the cast revealed it left a terrible smell.

White chocolate isn't real chocolate.

Yes, we've all been lied to. In order to be classified as real chocolate, a product has to contain cocoa solids or cocoa liquor. White "chocolate" contains cocoa butter instead. It's allowed to be called chocolate because the EU 20 per cent cocoa butter, 14 per cent total milk solids, 3.5 per cent milk fat and has no more than 55 per cent sugar content, you can label it white chocolate.

World's Largest chocolate bar .

In celebration of its 100th birthday, Thorntons created the world's largest chocolate bar - weighing a record breaking 5,792.50kg. Thorntons staff member Paul Bell said: "All staff were asked to come up with ideas of how we should celebrate our 100th birthday and, because Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was my favourite film as a child, I immediately thought of a scene from the film where a bar of chocolate was shrunk and I thought – “wouldn't it be fantastic to do the reverse and make the world's largest bar of chocolate”.’

The chocolate chip cookie was an accident.

In 1930 Ruth Wakefield realised she was out of baker's chocolate and mixed broken piece of Nestle chocolate into her cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to be absorbed and create chocolate cookies. Instead, she accidentally created chocolate chip cookies, and later sold the idea to Nestle in return for a lifetime supply of chcolate.

Chocolates Are Vegetables, Well, Not Literally.

Chocolate is a product of cacao beans that grow in pod-like fruits on tropical cacao trees. Cacao tree is a part of the family Malvaceae, which includes members like okra and cotton. So, one can say chocolates are indirectly vegetables.

Chocolates Can Help Prevent Tooth Decay.

Tooth decay appears when your mouth plays a home to bacteria that turn sugar into acids, further eating away the tooth's surface causing cavities. The antibacterial agents in cocoa beans tend to inhibit the growth of these bacteria and prevent tooth decay. Choose to eat dark chocolate as it contains more cocoa. However, this doesn't mean you eat chocolate daily.

Amazing facts about chocolate

The Number Of Chocolate Flavours Available Across The Globe.

It is said that chocolates have more than 500 flavours available, while wine has just about 200. Wonder how many have you tasted?

Cacao Beans Were Used As A Currency, Once In History.

The Aztecs loved and valued the cacao bean so highly that they used it as currency during the height of their civilization. In Mayan times the cocoa bean was used as currency as it was considered to be worth more than gold dust. Cultivation of the beans was restricted so the value of cocoa beans as money would not go down.

Chocolate Milk Could Be A Post-Workout Recovery Drink.

According to a report published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, chocolate milk provides carbohydrate replenishment to your muscles.

A pair of British confectioners invented solid chocolate.

The Fry and Sons shop concocted what they called “eating chocolate” in 1847 by combining cocoa butter, sugar, and chocolate liquor. This was a grainy, solid form of the treat.

Amazing facts about chocolate

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