10 bizarre facts about chocolate

Undoubtedly, chocolate is everyone’s favourite snack. Whether it’s hogging on a Snickers bar to beat your hunger pangs or savouring a bar of Lindt Dark Chocolate after dinner; the whole experience of devouring a chocolate will always be matchless. The fact of the matter is that we resort to chocolate, whether we are sad or when we are celebrating. In a nutshell, our love for chocolate is unconditional.

Here we have a list of bizarre facts about chocolate that you probably didn’t have a hint about:

  1.  ‘Chocolate’ is derived from the Aztec word ‘Xocolatl’

This really does come as a surprise! Aztecs were unable to grow the cocoa bean in their home in the Mexican highlands so for them to have such a primal connection with the world’s most loved snack is indeed a shocker. The word ‘Xocolatl’ comes from the Aztec word for ‘bitter water’. In all likeliness, this has something to do with the bitter taste of the cocoa bean. The Aztecs had a deep love for drinking chocolate cold.

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  1. Mayans used chocolate as currency

Well, not really chocolate per se but cocoa beans were used to barter goods and services in the ancient times. In fact the Mayans considered chocolate to be a food of the Gods and rightfully so! The magic of the cocoa bean is being considered since the old ages where it was used as a mode of currency.

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  1. Chocolate is good for teeth

Contrary to popular belief, chocolates are great for the teeth unlike other sweets. Even though it is full of sugar, cocoa in its pure form is a way to ward off tooth decay. Apart from that, it also fights harmful bacteria and can deal with most microscopic bacteria. We say, add it to our toothpastes too, just in case.

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  1. Dark Chocolate reduces risk of heart diseases by 33%

As it turns out, Dark chocolate is a very effective way to prevent the risk of heart disease. It is estimated through various studies that having a bar of  about 100 grams of chocolate, with a cocoa percentage of at least 70% or more decreases the peril of cardiovascular diseases altogether. Milk chocolate is not advised due to the high level of sugar and unsaturated fats.

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  1. German Chocolate Cake isn’t German

That’s right, all these years you were duped into believing that the German chocolate cake is of German origin. Not so much! It is actually named after a man called Sam German, who discovered a recipe for dark baking chocolate bars that could be used for baking cake. He worked at the Baker Chocolate Company and his innovation was recognized by honouring him with the name of the cake.

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  1. Chocolates inspired the invention of the Microwave

All great stories do begin with chocolates! A scientist working on a World War II radar and weapon project happened to be a chocolate lover. No surprises there! However, after spending some time near a device called a magnetron, he noticed the chocolate bar in his pocket had turned to mush. Upon realizing that magnetrons might be able to heat up food at an alarmingly fast, the microwave was born.

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  1. Chocolate is the only edible substance that melts at 93o F

Owing to the nature of cocoa butter (the fat extracted from cocoa beans), a key ingredient in chocolate, is the only edible stuff that melts right below the body temperature. This means that almost as soon as you place a piece of chocolate on your tongue, it will start melting within a few seconds due to your body heat.

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  1. Chocolate crisps do exist

Or should we say did exist? Yes, for a limited period, Lays manufactured this special flavour of crisps which were dipped in a layer of milk chocolate. For those of you who have a sweet-salty tooth, this could have been the ideal combination to savour. Let’s keep our fingers crossed to more such food innovations popping up.

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  1. The chocolate chip cookie was a fluke invention

Who would have thought the ever-so popular chocolate chip cookie was in fact invented by accident. As it happens, in 1930 Ruth Wakefield realised she was out of baking chocolate and instead mixed chunks of broken Nestle chocolate into her cookie dough. As she had expected the chocolate to be absorbed and to create chocolate cookies, she was pleasantly surprised  to have accidentally created chocolate chip cookies. She later sold the idea to Nestle in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Great bargain, don’t you agree?

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  1. Too much chocolate can kill you

As is true to everything, too much is always harmful. It appears that chocolate contains high levels of an extremely powerful stimulant, Theobromine, which could result in the death of those who consume too much chocolate. Theobromine poisoning is known to cause heart failure, seizures, severe kidney damage and even dehydration. ‘Death by Chocolate’ – how bizarrely accurate is that?

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All this talk about chocolate must have got you drooling. No worries, you can browse through our selection of the finest chocolates and satiate your cravings:  http://goo.gl/CeqnFQ  

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New Arrivals to make it a #SweetNovember

At Bengaluru Duty Free, we value you – our customers so much so that we take every need and requirement of yours into consideration while stocking up our shelves. We know how exhilarating it is to see new additions into our already existing wide range of products. For our dearest customers, we have an array of exclusive new arrivals that will most certainly brighten up your mood.

  • Single Malt- Various blends with an assortment of the finest spices and interesting flavours that go down smoothly, we bring to you a brand new selection of Single Malts. We have reformed our Single Malt cabinet to accommodate some of your most preferred brands. Bask in our new and improved collection: http://bit.ly/1ryHEac 

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  • Rum  – The sugar cane spirit has been resuscitated with our distinctive array of Rums ranging from Spiced Rums to 12 year old blends. In addition to our old collection, we have introduced some of the biggest names associated with top-quality Rum that will redefine ‘temptation’ for you. Savour till the last sip with our new collection: http://bit.ly/1Ddkz14

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  • Vodka – We present to you, an improved selection of Vodkas, that augment your drinking affair. With unique and rare fruity flavoured Vodka, we can assure you that you will be impressed with our choice of Vodka, which is carefully picked and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy this exceptional collection: http://bit.ly/1zjagpu

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  • Gin – With a long history of evolution, Gin has come quite far and represents various origins styles, and flavour profiles some of which reflect in our latest collection of Gins. Our aim is to provide you with an extraordinary experience to drink this splendid selection of Gin. Take pleasure in every sip of our collection: http://bit.ly/1S2K3lH

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  • Tequila – The most vibrant drink out of our entire spirit collection, the Tequila is a winner with all of you who like to have not just a good time but a hell of a time! So prepare to be mind-blown with our remarkably striking variety of Tequilas. Have a gala time with our collection: http://bit.ly/1PeT9yg

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  • Cognac – Most certainly a true connoisseur’s ultimate preference, Cognac always hits the spot with its magical flavour. That smoothness you feel as you take a gulp of one of the finest labels of Cognac, is a feeling of grand contentment. Get a whiff of this contentment with our great collection: http://bit.ly/17Yd7u0

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  • Chocolates – Gorge on our wonderful new collection of chocolates that pack a sweet yet refreshing promise in every bite. Don’t miss out on the exciting packaging of these chocolates that carry an incredible taste you just can’t stop relishing. Devour our latest collection: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcm

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New Arrivals in Bengaluru Duty Free

At Bengaluru Duty Free, we value you – our customers so much so that we take every need and requirement of yours into consideration while stocking up our shelves. We know how exhilarating it is to see new additions into our already existing wide range of products. For our dearest customers, we have an array of exclusive new arrivals that will most certainly brighten up your mood.

  1. Single Malt – Various blends with an assortment of the finest spices and interesting flavours that go down smoothly, we bring to you a brand new selection of Single Malts. We have reformed our Single Malt cabinet to accommodate some of your most preferred brands. Bask in our new and improved collection: http://bit.ly/1ryHEacThe-Singleton-of-Glen-Ord-Liberte-100cls_big201472111462276
  2. Rum  – The sugar cane spirit has been resuscitated with our distinctive array of Rums ranging from Spiced Rums to 12 year old blends. In addition to our old collection, we have introduced some of the biggest names associated with top-quality Rum that will redefine the word ‘temptation’ for you. Savour our new collection: http://bit.ly/1Ddkz14 image01_big2015113175536949
  3. Vodka – We present to you, an improved selection of Vodkas, that augment your drinking affair. With unique and rare fruity flavoured Vodka, we can assure you that you will be impressed with our choice of Vodka, which is carefully picked and offers a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy this exceptional collection: http://bit.ly/1zjagpuBeluga-Gold-Line_BIG2015115152518125
  4. Gin – With a long history of evolution, Gin has come quite far and represents various origins styles, and flavour profiles some of which reflect in our latest collection of Gins. Our aim is to provide you with an extraordinary experience to drink this splendid selection of Gin. Take pleasure in every sip of our collection: http://bit.ly/1S2K3lHGin Mare_BIG2015102718400758
  5. Tequila – The most vibrant drink out of our entire spirit collection, the Tequila is a winner with all of you who like to have not just a good time but rather a hell of a time! So prepare to be mind-blown with our remarkably striking variety of Tequilas from all around the world. Have a gala time with our collection: http://bit.ly/1PeT9yg Camino-Tequila-Gold-40-75cls_big20141231281244
  6. Cognac – Most certainly a true connoisseur’s ultimate preference, Cognac always hits the spot with its magical flavour. That smoothness you feel as you take a gulp of one of the finest labels of Cognac, is a feeling of grand contentment. Get a taste of this contentment with our fine collection: http://bit.ly/17Yd7u0Leopold, XO Cognac_BIG20151027183714320
  7. Chocolates – Gorge on our wonderful new selection of chocolates that pack a sweet yet delicious promise in every bite. Don’t miss out on the exciting packaging of these chocolates that also carry an incredible taste you just wouldn’t want to stop relishing. Devour our latest collection of scrumptious goodies: http://bit.ly/1xtbJcmLindt_Dark_Pralines_Box_145g-Big2014525215424100

Gifting Solutions this Diwali

With Diwali celebrations just a few days away, preparations must be underway and excitement levels soaring in most households. It is a busy time of the year and with no time left to shop, we end up overspending on a box of mithai or chocolates when visiting friends and family.

For your ease, we have jotted down some really fabulous Diwali gifting solutions for you so you don’t have to run around last minute for gifts. And as a Diwali special gesture, everything is on offer!

  1.   Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch

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Everyone loves a bottle of one of the finest Scotch blends there is – Johnnie Walker Black Label. Whether it’s the smooth texture or the fact that it is created using Whiskies from all four corners of Scotland, it is a splendid gifting option for any occasion. We say what better time than Diwali to present someone with the fabulous Black Label? Get it here: http://goo.gl/xx2JSQ

  1.   Ron Zacapa Centenario XO Rum

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This happens to be one of the rarest premium spirits that exist. This blend by Ron Zacapa not only has a lot of flavour packed into a bottle, we feel the bottle itself deserves a special mention because that’s how magnificent it actually is. This dark Rum offers a smooth aftertaste and is a great way to say “Happy Diwali” to anyone who enjoys an incredible drink. Buy it here: http://goo.gl/H5vIT5

  1.   Chivas Regal Extra

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As the name states, this Blended Whisky by Chivas Regal is extra special. Why you wonder? Mainly because of the higher proportion of Sherry cask-matured with a phenomenal blend of dark fruits, rich chocolate and a hint of spice. The result is brilliant to say the least and makes it an extra remarkable gift this Diwali! Order beforehand: http://bit.ly/1igO8qh

  1.   Toblerone Tiny Bag

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When you combine the chewy sensation of Almond nougat with the rich chocolatey goodness and sprinkle it with love and honey, you get Toblerone. These iconic prism shaped chocolates are one of the best gifts to give this Diwali and the tiny bag means they get shared, so win win. Preorder: http://goo.gl/BXaKtA

  1.   Daim Mini Bag

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This chocolate stands out due to its smoky flavour. Yes, that’s right, smoky due to the caramel which tastes so distinctly amazing. Daim is a thin, flat layered hard and crunchy caramel covered in milk chocolates and has tiny flakes of almonds embedded inside. A great gift to sweeten Diwali celebrations that can be shared in its mini version. Buy it here: http://goo.gl/3kjiT8

  1.  Issey Miyake Nuit Dissey

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A woody-spicy composition with a leather backbone, perfectly rounded off with a hint of sweetness, this is the ideal gift for all men! These familiar notes with fresh and citrusy base notes are perhaps what every mans needs to feel revitalized. This long-lasting scent is something every man would desire. It makes an exceptional present this Diwali. Get it now:  http://goo.gl/htx5fk

  1. Roberto Cavalli Nero Assoluto

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This perfume strikes all the right chords between elegance and boldness. The uniqueness of this scent is brought out by the orchid accord and comprises of heart notes by black vanilla. This perfume is encased in a gorgeous black bottle and accentuates every bit of beauty that this scent is. It’s definitely an exotic gift for your loved ones this Diwali. Buy now: http://goo.gl/HfQwo5