10 Fun Facts About Chocolate

Valentine’s Day means 1 thing: chocolate. And we’re obsessed with it.

Although today’s supposed to be a romance-fueled chocolate marathon,  every now and then issues come up regarding “chocolate elitism”. Never-ending odes to dark chocolate and petitions to discredit its milk chocolate counterpart.   Let’s not forget the people staging diabolical plans to wipe white chocolate off the map. Either way, we think the perfect cocoa percentage is in the eye of the Valentine.

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Here are 10 fun facts about chocolate regardless of your chocopolitical views:

  1. The famed chocolate river from Willy Wonka was 2 feet deep and contained 150,000 gallons of chocolate mixed with water and cream.
  2. One cocoa tree produces about 400-800 bars of chocolate a year.
  3. The Ivory Coast produces more cocoa than any other country (37% of the world’s total).
  4. The chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield. She later sold the recipe to Nestle Toll House in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate chips.
  5. Research published last year showed a high correlation between a nation’s chocolate intake and the number of Nobel Prizes it wins.
  6. Among the Mayans and Aztecs, chocolate was originally a cold drink made from crushed beans.
  7. Jeanne Calment (who lived to be 122 years old), attributed her health to a diet of wine, olive oil, and nearly 2.2 lbs of chocolate every week.
  8. 48 million pounds of chocolate is sold during Valentine’s week.
  9. In Japan, women gift chocolates to men on Valentine’s Day. Exactly a month later men reciprocate with presents on “White Day”.
  10. The founder of Ferrero invented Nutella in WWII, when he mixed hazelnuts into chocolate because cocoa was in short supply.

Source: Express

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