Food From the World: Chocolate

Thank God for chocolate!

If this delicious treat hadn’t been invented, life would have been much, much worse than it is today. Its history starts as early as 1900 B.C. among the pre-Olmec cultures that live nowadays in Mexico. At first, chocolate was consumed as a liquid because the Mesoamericans who cultivated cacao plants found a way to ferment, roast and ground the cocoa beans, mixing the paste with vanilla, water, honey or other spices they had around. They brew and drink this because of its invigorating properties. They believed it to be magical and they kept the good stuff for rulers, nobles, priests and warriors (not much has changed apparently).

But this isn’t even the best thing about chocolate. Ladies, in case you didn’t know this, you will be pleasantly surprised. Chocolate also has a bunch of health benefits that contribute and maintain a positive state of mind and a healthy body. According to studies done by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, moderate consumption of dark chocolate can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases and contribute to a general state of wellbeing.

Photo source: cocoahearts.co.uk
Photo source: cocoahearts.co.uk

Now that you and chocolate got to know each other better, it’s time to discover some interesting facts about it. Check out the list!

13 Things About Chocolate That Will Blow Your Mind

No.1 – What’s the best way to win the trust of your enemies? Or the people you want to rob? A jewel thief managed to get $28 million in gems after he stole them from a bank in Antwerp, Belgium. How did he do it? He offered the guards chocolate several times, earning their trust.

No.2 – The famous shower scene in Psycho was full of blood. Unfortunately for the thrill lovers, this was actually chocolate syrup.

No. 3 – Chocolate contains over 600 flavor compounds, compared to red wine which has just 200.

No. 4 – The Revolutionary War was profitable from a “chocolaty” point of view. Chocolate was included into soldiers’ ratios and they were often given chocolate instead of a salary. Cacao beans were quite hot at the moment, although today I don’t think anyone would accept them.

No. 5 – The sensation that chocolate melting into one’s mouth is more intense and gives a pleasure that lasts longer than a kiss. Come again? Boys you are in danger!

No. 6 – There was a guy who invented the chocolate chip cookies. Why did it remain anonymous? Because he sold his recipe to Nestle for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Photo source: factslide.com
Photo source: factslide.com

No. 7 – There is such thing as potato chips dipped in milk chocolate.

No. 8 – Initially, the Three Musketeers bars contained three pieces in each package: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberries. The producers had to give up the trio because the price of strawberries increased. This is how the chocolate bar remained all alone.

No. 9 – Belgium issued in 2013 a limited edition of chocolate-flavored stamps. Lick away my friends!

No. 10 РThe record for the largest chocolate bar is held by a bar that weighs 12,770 pounds.

No. 11 – There is a pill that makes your farts smell like chocolate. Well, that’s awkward!

No. 12 РA very funny study in London showed that 70% of people would reveal their passwords if they received chocolate. Good job keeping things secret guys!

No. 13 – Italian researchers say that women who eat chocolate have a better sex life than those women who don’t. They feel more desire, arousal and feel more satisfaction after sex.

I guess it’s useless to ask who here loves chocolate, right? So I’m just going to let you enjoy your chocolate bar. Delicious, isn’t it?

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