How Much Do You Know About Chocolate?
What's the first thing you think of when February rolls around? Hopefully, you are thinking about organizing your business goals or tweaking your budgets for the month. But who am I kidding...we are thinking of chocolate, right?
If not, then we need to get your brain on the right track. After all, Valentine's Day is this month, and while flowers are pretty, chocolate is edible.
So here are a dozen chocolate dipped factoids to get you thinking about the really important stuff this month:
2. Hershey's Kisses were originally square.
3. The most expensive chocolate is cited as being Amedei Porcelana, a dark chocolate valued at roughly $90 per pound. However, there is some dispute. You can order an Amedei Porcelana bar on Amazon and see for yourself. (Even if the chocolate sucks the wrapper is gorgeous!)
4. Americans eat over a billion pounds of chocolate per year. (Not individually, of course.)
5. Cacao beans were once used as currency. (You can still bribe people with a chocolate bar or some spare truffles. Some things never change.)
6. Eating chocolate is a fairly new idea. Originally, it was a beverage, like coffee, and was consumed dark and unsweetened. When Europeans discovered it, they started adding sweeteners to it.
(The real hero was the first person to mix it with peanut butter though. Fact.)
8. John Frye is the man credited with inventing the first chocolate candy bar in 1847. He was quickly followed by John Cadbury and Henry Nestle. (Slightly familiar names, huh?)
9. Americans will spend over $300,000 dollars on Valentine's chocolate.
10. Although there is no official "worst chocolate",Palmer's certainly has a lot of thumbs-down votes. You know them from the hollow chocolate bunnies and Santa's that are cheap treats. Many people say they taste like wax. (personally, I kind of like the taste, but only once a year.)
Now that you've had your chocolate fix for the day (year?), feel free to nibble on some of these goodies:
Gumball Facts and History
Dose of Chocolate Art Printable
Then share YOUR fave chocolate below!