Facts About Chocolate: Delicious Things You Should Know!

facts about chocolateYou do not have to preface or say much alongside the word “Chocolate” to get people’s attention.  Chocolate is so versatile that it can be a remedy or pairing for almost anything.  When you are sad, what do you do?  Grab a piece of chocolate.  Is it hot outside?  Time for some chocolate soft serve!  Hungry?  Grab a Snickers!

With all that chocolate does for us, what do you know about chocolate?  You probably know that it is dark, divine, and stimulating to your taste buds, but did you know that every second Americans collectively consume around 100 pounds of chocolate?  How is that for some palatable knowledge?  If you are looking to take a delicious dip into some more facts surrounding this mouthwatering dark confection, then read on, because we have some facts about chocolate to put your taste buds in a swirl!

The Yummy Facts

Did you know…

  • In the United States, chocolate manufacturers use around 3.5 million pounds of whole milk each day to make milk chocolate.
  • More than 50 percent of adults in the United States say that they prefer chocolate to any other dessert flavor, beating out both vanilla and strawberry.
  • Believe it or not, Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy annually. About half of it is chocolate.
  • It takes about 400 cacao beans to make one pound of chocolate.
  • Chocolate is made from beans harvested from a Theobroma cacao, which is a type of cocoa tree.
  • M&Ms, a popular type of chocolate candy, were created in 1941 for soldiers who wanted to enjoy chocolate without it melting.
  • The largest chocolate bar in the world weighed in at 12,770 pounds.
  • Lay’s made a potato chip dipped in milk chocolate (anything can be dipped in chocolate)!
  • Some chocolate candies or confections actually contain only a small amount of actual chocolate.  This can depend on the country that it is coming from.  For instance, the chocolate in the United Kingdom is said to have a higher chocolate content than chocolate in the United States.
  • The history of chocolate begins with the Mayans, who used to use chocolate as a form of currency.
  • People who report feeling depressed eat about 55% more chocolate than those who do not report feeling depressed.
  • The power of one chocolate chip can give a single person enough energy to walk 150 feet.
  • Hershey’s Kisses were first produced in 1907 in the shape of a square.  In 1921, a new machine was able to give them their current form.
  • Today, Hershey’s produces more than 80 million chocolate “kisses” each day.
  • According to researchers, the effects of chocolate melting in someone’s mouth can produce a longer and more intense pleasure feeling than that of kissing.
  • 40 percent of the world’s almonds are made exclusively for chocolate products, making the nut versatile and useful in more ways than one!
  • The origin of the word chocolate comes from the Aztec word “Xocolatl,” which is translated into “bitter water”.  However, there is nothing watery about chocolate.
  • In every space voyage conducted by Russians and Americans, there have been chocolate bars on board.  They are completely necessary outside of Earth!
  • The scent of chocolate increases the theta brain waves in a person’s brain, and this induces relaxation.  Because of this, people feel better about themselves and their problems after eating large amounts of chocolate.
  • If you love chocolate, you probably adore chocolate chip cookies.  It turns out that the man who invented the chocolate chip cookie sold his idea to Nestle Toll House for a lifetime supply of chocolate.  We think he got a pretty good deal there.
  • Unfortunately, white chocolate is technically not chocolate.  White “chocolate” has no cocoa solids of coca liquor in it.
  • The country that produces the most cocoa in the world is the Ivory Coast, which produces 37 percent of the world’s chocolate.
  • The first recorded “Death by Chocolate” occurred in 17th Century Mexico where a Bishop who passed the law that banned people from eating or drinking during Church service.  The Bishop was found dead due to poison being mixed into his daily cup of chocolate.
  • On his fourth visit to the Americas, Christopher Columbus took cocoa beans to present to the Spanish Court.  Unfortunately, the King and Queen were not impressed by his delicious chocolate offerings.

Amazing Benefits of Chocolate

facts about chocolateIf you thought that was all you needed to know about chocolate, one of the most important things you should know is that chocolate is good for you!  As if you needed more of an incentive to dig in, let’s take a look at some of chocolate’s amazing healthy benefits.

  • Chocolate can help your heart:  Chocolate is actually known to boost heart health, and can do such things as: lower blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, and lower the risk of heart disease in people who consume it regularly.  Dark chocolate specifically has inflammation fighting effects that can work to lower a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
  • Chocolate can help keep you satisfied.  Do you find yourself getting hungry often?  Dark chocolate can help you keep you full for a longer time so that you reach for snacks less.
  • Chocolate may help fight diabetes.  Based on an Italian study done in 2005, researchers found that eating chocolate regularly increases a person’s insulin sensitivity, which works to reduce their risk for diabetes.
  • Although your mom might have told you growing up that chocolate can cause acne, chocolate can actually help protect to your skin and prevent breakouts.  Dark chocolate carries the antioxidant flavonoids, which can offer skin protection from ultraviolent damage caused by the sun.  Instead of packing on the sunscreen, grab some chocolate!

Get Your Chocolate On

With all of these informative and interesting facts about chocolate, you are probably looking forward to taking a big bite into a delicious square, bar, or ball of cocoa – and we won’t keep you any longer!  But before you go, join other chocolate lovers in these courses at Udemy.com that will open your eyes to all the ways that you can make chocolate work for you!