We all love chocolates- women crave for them, kids cry for them! But do you know how chocolate as we know it was invented? Which is the highest chocolate selling of the world? How chocolates came to be associated with Valentine’s Day? Want to try the costliest chocolate before you die? Dark, milk, bars, chips, chocolate is love that come in different sizes and shapes. Let’s learn about some wonderful facts on International Chocolate Day!
1. How was chocolate invented?
Chocolate was always consumed as a beverage by the Aztec civilisation of South America! The cocoa seeds were believed to be the gifts of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom. Cocoa seeds had so much value that they were even used as currency in 1900 BC. Sugar was added later to the cocoa, which was earlier drunk with wine and corn puree. In 16th century, there was a festival in Europe, where sugar was added to the concoction and served among affluent circles. From there it trickled down to the masses
2. Why should we eat chocolate?
Chocolate improves one’s mood instantly! It also reduces your appetite and is an anti-ageing food! The interesting thing about chocolate is that it also protects your teeth- it’s the sugar that harms them- cocoa is known to make your teeth stronger. It also boosts your blood circulation, improving your concentration and focus! What more is that people who tend to eat more chocolate have a healthy heart!
3. Which is the largest chocolate bar ever made?
The largest chocolate bar measured 142.32 m² (1,531.9 ft²) and was prepared by Čokoladnica Cukrček inn Radovljica, Slovenia, on 15 April 2016. The event was part of an annual chocolate festival and was attended by Slovenia's Prime Minister.
4. Why is chocolate the number one gift on Valentine’s Day?
Chocolate has become a common thing for lovers to give each other, be it Valentine’s or not. By the time Victoria became Queen of Britain in 1837, technology was poised to transform Valentine’s Day into a commercial bonanza. In the 1880’s the Cadbury brothers set up a shop in England making and selling chocolates to average citizens. In 1861, Richard Cadbury created the first ever heart-shaped box for Valentine’s day and so a new tradition began!
5. Which is the most expensive chocolate in the world?
Amedei is considered as the costliest chocolate in the world! It has been awarded Gold in the category Best Bean to Bar in 2005 and in 2006 by the Academy of Chocolate. 50 grams of Amedei Porcelana bar costs $18.95, the Amedei Chuao bar costs $15.95, Toscano Black 70% is $8.50 and the Bonnat Puerto Cabello costs $9.99 for a 100 gram bar (i.e. about $5 per 50 grams).
6. Is there a real chocolate factory one can visit?
Run and created by the Cadbury chocolate company, a major tourist attraction, the factory exists in two places, United Kingdom and New Zealand. One can experience the “Bournville Experience” and many other tours inside the factory from making to packaging of Cadbury chocolates.
7. What can be done with chocolate apart from eating it?
One amazing thing you can do with chocolate other than eating it is applying it on face! Chocolate makes the skin extra smooth and supple which results in brightening and tightening of skin. One recipe for a DIY chocolate face mask is 1 tablespoon of honey, ½ tablespoon of melted chocolate, ½ tablespoon sugar and ½ tablespoon butter. Apply it on your skin for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.
8. Which is the highest selling chocolate in the world?
Snickers was the highest selling candy bar of 2015
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