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.
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.
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.
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