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Processed food produced from the seed of Cacao tree

  • Ancient Aztecs thought chocolate had magical powers; like the ability to give them strength.
  • Chocolate was consumed by the ancient Aztecs as a frothy beverage, somewhat like hot chocolate we drink today.
  • Chocolate contains over 300 mineral properties that are beneficial to your health.
  • Chocolate comes from a plant, called Theobroma cacao, which translates "Food of the Gods".
  • Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries.
  • White chocolate really isn't chocolate. It's made from cocoa butter, the substance you get by pressing cocoa beans. Cocoa butter is absent of the cocoa solids used to make chocolate.
  • Chocolate comes from the Aztec word "xocolatl" which means "bitter water".
  • Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying "Money grows on trees" came from.
  • Chocolate contains a small quantity of caffeine emulates a mild amphetamine.
  • Despite being high in fat content, chocolate doesn't appear to raise blood cholesterol levels.
  • Chocolate is rich in magnesium and iron.
  • Chocolate does contain chemical elements that really do boost your mood and produce a euphoric feeling.
  • Chocolate can be deadly for dogs. Chocolate contains an ingredient called "Theobromine" which can be toxic to a dogs central nervous system and cardiac muscles.
  • Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.
  • More than twice as many women than men eat and crave chocolate.
  • Milk Chocolate is the most preferred type of chocolate, however dark chocolate is especially popular among men.
  • Hershey is the oldest and largest chocolate company in the US.
  • Cadbury is the most popular chocolate in the UK.
  • In 1939, Nestle introduced Chocolate Chips.
  • The original 3 Musketeers Bar of the 1930s had three parts: chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. It became all chocolate in the 1940s and the formula remains the same to this very day.
  • Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.
  • Most cocoa comes from West Africa. More than 66 percent of the worlds cacao is produced in Africa and 98 percent of the worlds cocoa is produced by just 15 countries.
  • Almost half the world's chocolate is consumed in America.
  • People spend more than $7 billion dollars a year on chocolate.
  • 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.
  • Craving chocolate when a woman is on her menstrual cycle may have more to do with the fact that chocolate is known for helping ease menstrual symptoms.
  • 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."
  • One of Hershey's ads reads: More Sustaining Than Meat."
  • Chocolate is one of the most popular holiday gifts. On Valentine's Day, a box of chocolates is traditional, usually presented with flowers and a greeting card.
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