Momma always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. – Forrest Gump
- Chocolate grows on cacao (Greek for ‘food of the gods) trees which are native to Central and South America.
- A cacao tree can produce close to two thousand pods per year.
- About 70% of the world’s cacao is grown in Africa.
- There are about 5 milligrams of caffeine in one ounce of chocolate, and 10 milligrams in a six-ounce cup of cocoa.
- The name chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocalati meaning bitter water.
- The Mayans used cacao beans as currency. 10 beans would buy you a rabbit or a prostitute. 100 beans would buy you a slave. They even had clay counterfeit beans.
- Chocolate was used in Mayan marriage ceremonies, where it was exchanged by the bride and groom.
- Chocolate contains theobromine which can be toxic to a dog’s central nervous system and heart muscle.
- Worldwide, enough chocolate is consumed to equal 12 pounds of chocolate each year per person.
- In the movie “Psycho” chocolate syrup was used as blood in the famous shower scene.
- The saturated fat in chocolate, stearic acid, doesn’t raise cholesterol levels the same way that other types of saturated fats do and in fact actually raises the HDL (good) cholesterol level.
- Chocolate is a good source of magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, and antioxidants.
- Chocolate produces the effects of a mild anti-depressant by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain.
- The biggest chocolate sculpture ever was a 4,484lb, 10 foot tall, Easter egg, made in Melbourne Australia.
- Napoleon always carried chocolate with him for whenever he needed an energy boost.