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:
- ‘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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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- 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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