10 surprising chocolate facts

Did you know that chocolate was once used as currency? Ten wonderful and surprising facts about cocoa beans in honour of Easter

 

1. In Mayan times the cocoa bean was used as currency. It was thought to be more precious than gold! Production of cocoa was restricted to ensure the price of cocoa did not increase.

 

2. The average Brit eats around 11kg of chocolate a year. Weighing over 5kg, our Easter egg provides half of average yearly consumption!

 

3. Chocolate crisps exist! For a short period of time, Lays in America sold ready salted crisps, dipped in chocolate!

 

 

4. Red wine complements chocolate the best. White or sparkling wine is thought to be too acidic and overpowers the sweetness of the chocolate.

 

5. Brussels airport is the largest seller of chocolate in the world, selling around 2 tonnes of chocolate per day, that’s 1.5kg per minute!

 

6. Chocolate became one of the earliest American exports in the sixteenth century, when Columbus and Cortez brought cocoa beans back to Spain.

 

7. Dark chocolate boosts memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain. More excuses to eat it!

 

8. There is a correlation between the amount of chocolate a country eats and the number of Nobel laureates born in that country. Chocolate equals intelligence? Who would have thought!

 

9. The Aztec emperor Montezuma II drank over 50 cups of chocolate a day!

 

10. The most valuable chocolate bar in the world is a 100 year old Cadbury’s chocolate bar which Captain Robert Scott took along to the first Discovery expedition of the Antarctic. It sold for £470 in 2001!

If these facts have made you crave some cocoa, join our giant competition where you can win a huge Betty's 5kg Easter egg! All Proceeds go to East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH), what are you waiting for?

 

by Nicole Hogger.

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Posted on Tuesday Apr 11