Commercial

  1. For a time, Ghirardelli sold a 10 lb. chocolate bar (which was intended for eating or for baking with). If you ordered one of the bars, you also received a chisel to use when serving the chocolate.
  2. The Cote D'Ivoire produces more cocoa than any other country.
  3. The brand Green & Black's, which is known for it's commitment to Fair Trade chocolate production, is owned by chocolate giant Cadbury Schweppes.
  4. According to the U.S. government, milk chocolate must contain at least 10% chocolate liquor.
  5. Cacao beans used to used as currency among native tribes in Mexico and South America.

Culinary

  1. Chocolate Truffles are so called because of their resemblence to the highly prized fungus of the same name.
  2. Chocolate was first enjoyed in beverages, it was only much later that it came to be used in solid form.
  3. Chocolate and cocoa are not only used in desserts, they can also be added to savory dishes such as stews and sauces.
  4. When chocolate mousse was invented, it was known as chocolate mayonnaise!

Cultural

  1. In Japan, there is a Valentine's Day tradition called "Giri Choco" (or "obligation chocolate") which requires that women give inexpensive chocolate to all of the men in their lives: coworkers, bosses, etc.

Historical

  1. In 1579, English pirates raided a Spanish ship. Upon finding its cargo of precious cocoa beans they burned the whole ship--they mistook the beans for sheep dung.
  2. Daniel Peter, a citizen of Switzerland, was the first to successfully combine chocolate and milk in 1875.
  3. It is said that Eleanor Roosevelt ate three, chocolate-covered garlic balls each morning as a memory aid.
  4. In the 17h century, a group of Spanish noblewomen living in Chiapa, Mexico adopted the practice of having their maidservants bring them cups of hot chocolate during mass--ostensibly to support their delicate constitutions during the long, trying service. The local Bishop banned the practice, and soon after, was found dead. The poison that killed him was delivered in a cup of hot chocolate.

Miscellaneous

  1. Archipelago restaurant in London, England is known for its exotic specialties. One of the common dessert options is a chocolate covered scorpian with a sip of Sauterne.
  2. Were you scared by the shower scene in the movie Psycho? The "blood" that you see in that scene is actually chocolate syrup. See--nothing to be afraid of!

Scientific

  1. Chocolate's scientific name, Theobroma cacao, was created by combining a Greek term meaning "food of the gods" (theobroma) and the ancient Olmec word for the chocolate plant, "cacao."
  2. Theobroma cacao grows almost exclusively within 20 degrees of the equator.
  3. The flowers of the cacao plant are pollinated by midges. Midges are small winged insects that make their homes in rotting leaves on the forest floor.
  4. Although chocolate and milk seems like a perfect combination, it is extremely difficult to combine them as chocolate is mostly fat and milk is mostly water.
  5. There are three primary species of cacao: Trinitario, Criollo, and Forestero. Beans from Criollo trees are widely considered to be of the best quality.
  6. Theobromine, a chemical in chocolate, is highly toxic to many animals including dogs, cats, and horses.
  7. Stearic acid, a fat found in chocolate, does not raise LDL cholsterol levels, even thought it is a saturated fat.
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