Chocolate is one of the nation’s biggest guilty pleasures so of course there is a National Chocolate Week and if you’re anything like the team at Nemo, I am sure you have been scoffing lots of chocolate to celebrate this week in style. So, here are a couple of fun facts that you might not know about chocolate to bring this delicious week to a close:
1. White Chocolate Is Not Actually Chocolate
Yes we have been lied to! White chocolate doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor which means in the strictest sense it isn’t actually classed as chocolate however it does contain parts of the cacao bean – mainly cocoa butter – so it’s generally accepted. (Phew!)
2. Chocolate Was Used For Money
The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift from Quetzalcoatl – the god of wisdom – and valued the cacao bean so highly in their culture that they used it as currency during the height of their civilisation.
3. Chocolate Used As Fake Blood
Everyone remembers Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho film, especially for the terrifying shower scene. But…did you know that the blood in the famous shower scene was, in fact, chocolate syrup, which was easy to trick viewers with due to it being shot in black and white.
4. Chocolate Really Does Grow On Trees
The scientific name for the tree that chocolate comes from – Theobroma Cacao – means ‘food of the gods’ (and rightly so!)
5. The Inventor Of The Chocolate Bar
Imagine a world without chocolate bars? Pretty hard to do right? Well, up until the mid-19th century, solid chocolate bars did not exist. When chocolate made its debut in Europe, it was consumed just by the Aztecs and Mayans as a drink.
It wasn’t until 1847 that the first chocolate bar was developed by Joseph Fry – head of Joseph Fry & Sons – in Bristol. Joseph went onto sell his new product under the fancy French name “chocolat delicieux a manger”.
6. The Accidental Chocolate Chip Cookie
Who can say no to a cookie with chocolate chips in it?! No-one that’s who, not even the inventor of the chocolate chip cookie! Ruth Wakefield accidentally developed the recipe in her restaurant in Massachusetts in 1930 and went on to sell the idea to Nestle in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate. (Lucky eh?!)
7. Chocolate Is Good For Your Health
It turns out that it has been scientifically proven eating a little dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one-third, may improve blood flow, lowers blood pressure and improves the function of the brain. (We knew chocolate was good for us!)
8. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – A Big Advertising Campaign
The film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was financed by Quaker Oats to promote its new Wonka Bar candy which is why the film is called “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory instead of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory like the Roald Dahl book it is based on.
9. Death By Chocolate
You can die from eating too much chocolate! It’s sad but true however you would have to eat 40 Dairy Milk bars for it to be fatal so don’t worry, you can still have your sneaky chocolate treats!
10. The Ultimate Chocolate On This Earth
We love a Toblerone! So many Toblerone bars are sold each year that, if they were to be laid end to end, they would go on for 62,000km – that’s longer than the circumference of the Earth.