Continuing our chocolate week series, today we have some fun chocolate facts for you to sample…
*In Mayan times cacao beans were used as currency and was more valuable than gold dust
*White chocolate isn’t chocolate. For a product to be considered chocolate it must contain cocoa solids or liquor- white chocolate has cocoa butter instead.
*It takes approx. 400 cacao beans to make one pound of chocolate.
*Belgium produces 220,000 tonnes of chocolate per year.
*M&Ms were created in 1941 for soldiers to eat chocolate without it melting.
*Cocoa and cacao are the same thing- the words are used interchangeably.
*Despite cacao’s origins being in the Americas, 70% of the world’s coffee is grown in Africa, primarily The Ivory Coast and secondly Ghana.
*The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocoatl’’ which was the name of the bitter and spicy drink they made with cacao beans.
*Research claims that chocolate helps brain concentration, memory and blood pressure.
*Hershey’s makes over 70 million chocolate Kisses everyday!
*If you go on a Lattitude placement to Ecuador, you can see the chocolate process first hand! And taste it too….
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