No need for a formal and lengthy introduction: chocolate is the most-loved confection by millions of people from all over the world!
But there’s more to chocolate than what meets the eye. Here are some of the many delicious facts about chocolate that you’ll surely enjoy knowing!
1. Where did the word “chocolate” come from?
The word “chocolate” originated from the Nahuatl word “xocoatl,” referring to the bitter, spicy beverage that the Aztecs prepared from cocoa beans.
2. Blond chocolate
While there are the usual milk, dark and white chocolates, there is a rare kind of chocolate called “blond chocolate.” Actually, it was created by pure accident, wherein the white chocolate was left to melt in a pan with the boiling water underneath. After about 10 hours, the white chocolate had turned blond and creamy, given the aroma of a caramelized milk and acquired the combined hints of salt and biscuit.
It led to the creation of the world’s first blond chocolate, the “Dulcey,” manufactured by the French-based premium chocolate maker Valrhona.
3. It was once used as a currency
The chocolate was valued so much as by the Aztecs during the peak of their civilization, that the cacao seeds were even used as a form of currency.
4. The first chocolate bar
Chocolate had long been first enjoyed as a beverage — in fact, for most of its history, it has been consumed 90% in liquid form rather than its solid form. Anyway, the first chocolate bar was invented by Cadbury in 1842.
5. There’s no chocolate in “white chocolate.”
It’s because white chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids or cocoa liquor. However, it does have something from the cocoa bean — mostly cocoa butter.
6. Chocolate as an aromatherapy?
It can be. And why not? It smells as good as it tastes. It’s because smelling it kicks off the action of the theta brain waves, which help you relax. But can you still smell a bar of chocolate for long, though? *wink*
7. Making chocolates is not easy as it sounds
It takes a lot of hard work to transform all of the cacao beans into these yummy chocolatey treats. It takes about 400 cacao beans to make a single pound of chocolate!
8. Chocolates are good for the heart
It’s not just an empty saying meant to make you feel good. Chocolates, particularly dark chocolates, actually do your heart some good! Eating chocolates every day will minimize the risk of heart ailments by one-third. So go on, eat as much chocolates to your heart’s content!
9. Chocolates make us happy
Even just unwrapping a bar of chocolate already sends a smile to our faces! And why do chocolates make us giddy? Blame it on some of the chocolate’s properties:
- Tryptophan – tryptophan is used by the brain to produce serotonin which, as many of us know, can trigger feelings of happiness.
- Phenylethylalanine – sometimes dubbed as the “love drug,” this type of chemical arouses feelings of excitement, nervousness and euphoria… just like the feeling when you’re in love for the first time or glancing at your crush. So what if you don’t have a love life when you have chocolates, right?
- Theomobrine – a stimulant that causes one to feel “high.”
10. Chocolates even make your oral system healthy
Remember your mom telling you not to eat chocolate candies because they were bad for your teeth? Now, there’s another reason for the chocoholics to celebrate — chocolates have anti-bacterial properties which protect your mouth, and can even help in preventing tooth decay. But it doesn’t mean you don’t have to brush your teeth any longer after eating a chocolate bar, though.