8 things you need to know about chocolate

In honour of the upcoming chocolate-y day, here's some interesting facts about the sweet stuff...


We all love chocolate, right?!

 

  1. 1 It takes about 400 cocoa beans to make just a pound of choc...


  2. 2 White chocolate isn't actually chocolate!


    White chocolate doesn't contain chocolate liquor or cocoa solids, so it's not technically chocolate.  (This writer still loves it though!)

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  3. 3 It's been used as currency!


    The Aztecs used cacao beans (what chocolate is made from!) as a form of currency.

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  4. 4 Almost half the world's chocolate consumption is done by Europeans


    Apparently the average Swiss, German or Brit eats about 11kg of chocolate every year!

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  5. 5 Chocolate actually relaxes you!


    Apparently the smell of chocolate increases relaxation-triggering theta brain waves... Who knew?!

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  6. 6 The tree that chocolate comes from is called 'Food of the Gods'


    The cacao tree's scientific name is 'Theobroma cacao' which translates to 'cacao, food of the Gods'!

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  7. 7 Chocolate is sophisticated...


    Compared to red wine which has about 200 flavour compounds, chocolate contains over 600 - giving off a distinct aroma. Yum!

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  8. 8 You are one smart cookie...


    Ruth Wakefield, creator of the chocolate chip cookie, sold her recipe to Nestle. Instead of money, Ruth wanted a lifetime supply of chocolate. Understandable.

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Heather Bloomer
Heather is a member of the Students Association staff team and is currently studying Creative Writing.

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