10 Weird and Wonderful Things you May not Know about Chocolate

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Discussing chocolate, eating or drinking it and trying different types of the treat are part and parcel of everyday life. But how much do you know about it?

We take a look at some interesting and bizarre facts and events related to the product that you might find surprising:

Where do most Nobel Laureates come from?

Chocolate subscription services could help your country produce more Nobel Laureates. A recent paper written by M.D., Franz Messerli and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests more come from countries that consume lots of chocolate. No, it’s not a joke – read the full story here.

Chocolate as a currency

Between the 14th and 16th centuries the Aztec Empire in Mesoamerica consumed huge quantities of chocolate. They also used cocoa beans to purchase clothes and other items in much the same way as we use currency. The Maya before them also did this. For more information on their fascinating history click on NBB Museum

Death by chocolate

Isn’t it marvellous that chocolate subscription services didn’t exist in WW2? If they had Winston Churchill might have had more than one assassination plot to deal with. They attempted to kill him with a bomb coated in chocolate! What we know as “Death by Chocolate had a whole new meaning in those days!

Bribery and corruption

The things people will do for chocolate! In 2007 diamonds worth over £14million were stolen from the ABN Amro Bank. The thief was able to rob deposit boxes after bribing the guards with copious amounts of chocolate! This might have been what gave everyone the idea of subscription services for chocolate!

Wake up with chocolate

If you’re tired and want to stay awake eat some dark chocolate. Most bars contain around ten milligrams of caffeine. However, the very dark variety can contain as much caffeine as you’d find in a large glass of coca cola.

Blood substitute

Chocolate syrup was often used in early films such as Psycho because of its blood like appearance on screen.

Record holding bar

According to the Guinness Book of Records the biggest chocolate bar ever made weighed in at 5,792.50 kilos. Love Cocoa doesn’t make them that big because as a letterbox gift it’s a no hoper!

Canadian Chocolate War

In the late 1940s the children in Canada decided to boycott chocolate due to a price increase. Chocolate bars went up to by 5 to 8 cents. Read more about this by clicking on Chocolate War. Unfortunately the protests didn’t succeed in lowering the price due to political interference.

Sales influencer

Research conducted in 2013 revealed that the aroma of chocolate in a book shop influenced customers to purchase cookery books and romantic novels by 40 percent. And sales of any type of book rose by 22 percent.

Largest chocolate vendor in the world

Annually, over 800 tons of chocolate is sold out of Brussels National Airport making it the largest vendor of chocolate worldwide.

Keep an eye on the Love Cocoa blog for more weird and wonderful facts about chocolate. And visit the Love Cocoa website for letterbox gifts and chocolate subscription services.

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Loved this bar

Lovely natural orange taste - loved it

Tasty treat

This unusual, sophisticated bar is an interesting variation on the combination of chocolate and orange. It is subtle and delicious. Highly recommended.

Gift for Dad & I

My Uncle worked for Cadbury’s for over 30 years and I spent time at bournville with grandparents as a child. I’m am so pleased that James Cadbury has produced a 5 star quality product. I absolutely love it and recommend to all friends and family to see.
Is there a consideration to included nuts or dried fruit in future products?
I fully support and will continue to buy James Cadbury, Love cocoa.

Avocado choc, whatever next?!

It was strangely avocado-ey and quite delicious. The avo comes through right before the cocoa aftertaste, very subtle and mainly a really good chocolate!

Loved the chocolate as it wasn't too sweet and had a lovely texture. Was less keen on the coffee flavoured bar because not keen on the texture with the bean chips.
Would have preferred the bar wrapping to be fully recyclable - this is possible and seems a missed opportunity for a new company.

Hi Fiona, we are moving to compostable plastic as soon as we run out of the current ones :)
★ Reviews

Let customers speak for us

478 reviews
90%
(429)
5%
(25)
3%
(16)
1%
(5)
1%
(3)
Loved this bar

Lovely natural orange taste - loved it

Tasty treat

This unusual, sophisticated bar is an interesting variation on the combination of chocolate and orange. It is subtle and delicious. Highly recommended.

Gift for Dad & I

My Uncle worked for Cadbury’s for over 30 years and I spent time at bournville with grandparents as a child. I’m am so pleased that James Cadbury has produced a 5 star quality product. I absolutely love it and recommend to all friends and family to see.
Is there a consideration to included nuts or dried fruit in future products?
I fully support and will continue to buy James Cadbury, Love cocoa.

Avocado choc, whatever next?!

It was strangely avocado-ey and quite delicious. The avo comes through right before the cocoa aftertaste, very subtle and mainly a really good chocolate!

Loved the chocolate as it wasn't too sweet and had a lovely texture. Was less keen on the coffee flavoured bar because not keen on the texture with the bean chips.
Would have preferred the bar wrapping to be fully recyclable - this is possible and seems a missed opportunity for a new company.

Hi Fiona, we are moving to compostable plastic as soon as we run out of the current ones :)