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Over 90 million chocolate rabbits are produced annually.
Just over three quarters of us (76%) will eat the ears first
Here it is. Everything you need to know about "the food of the
gods". And just in time for Easter. After extensive consultation
with the chocolate gurus who deliver TAFE NSW's chocolate-making
course, (plus some quality time with Google), we're pleased to
bring you a list of the 25 most highly educational and mouth-watering
25 Chocolate is made of solids from the cocoa bean, derived from
the cacao tree and a rich source of flavanol antioxidants.
24 There's evidence of chocolate dating back at least 3,000 years.
For centuries after its discovery it existed only as a liquid.
23 The botanical name of the chocolate plant, Theobramba
cacao, means "Food of the Gods."
22 The Aztecs adored chocolate but were unable to grow cacao
themselves as their climate was too dry. For a time, people who lived
under Aztec rule were therefore allowed to pay their taxes with cocoa beans.
21 Chocolate affects serotonin levels in the brain, which is why it
makes us feel happy.
20 But don't share it with your cats, dogs or parrots as the
theobromine in it can kill them.
19 Although chocolate does contain caffeine, it's not much. You'd
need to eat about 14 milk chocolate bars for the caffeine equivalent
of a regular cup of coffee.
18 Chocolate also has a reputation of being a powerful
aphrodisiac. Throughout history, various orders of nuns were
strictly forbidden from eating or drinking it.
17 Most of the world's cocoa today is produced in western Africa,
with Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) alone accounting for about a third
16 About three quarters of the world's cacao trees are grown
within a narrow area only eight degrees either side of the equator.
15 The World Cocoa Foundation estimates that the number of people
who currently depend on chocolate for their livelihood is about 50
million. Much of this is with the use of child labour and slavery.
14 Chocolate is naturally bitter, not sweet. It was the Spanish
who first started sweetening it by adding sugars and honeys.
13 Milk chocolate was first created in 1875 when Swiss
chocolatier Daniel Peter added powdered milk to it.
12 The term ‘white chocolate' is a misnomer. It actually isn't
chocolate at all, as it contains no cocoa solids, just cocoa butter.
11 The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other
nation on earth.
09 In the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, chocolate
syrup was used as blood in the infamous 45-second shower scene
(which took a week to film).
10 If you want your home made cake or brownies to taste more
chocolatey, add about a teaspoon of espresso powder, which will ramp
up the chocolate flavour without ramping up the calories.
07 Chocolate is a common trigger for migraines, but, contrary to
popular belief, is not responsible for acne.
08 In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate
Factory, about a third of the entire Chocolate Room set was
edible. Even the river was made from a combination of real
chocolate, water and cream, although it spoiled fairly quickly and
left a foul smell.
06 The average person will consume approximately 10,000
chocolate bars in a lifetime.
05 The world's largest chocolate bar was created in October 2011
by Thornton's PLC in the UK. It measured 4m square, was 35cms
thick and weighed 5,792kgs (almost six tonnes!).
04 In the US, the holiday that produces the most chocolate
sales is neither Easter nor Valentine's Day, but Halloween.
03 Dark chocolate is widely considered to have many health
benefits such as boosting memory and attention span, improving
problem-solving skills, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol
levels, improving platelet function and insulin sensitivity.
02 Over 90 million chocolate rabbits are produced annually.
Just over three quarters of us (76%) will eat the ears first.
01 The most popular chocolate bar in the world today is
Snickers, with global sales of $2 billion. It was first
introduced in 1930 by Mars Inc and was named after the Mars