fun chocolate facts

Chocolate Wrappers Over the Last 100 Years – Infographic

The world’s favorite dessert has not always looked the same. Chocolate wrappers have changed drastically in appearance over the years...

Did you know that tinfoil was first used by a candy producer back in 1840 to keep his products under favorable conditions?

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5 Surprising Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate

Many studies indicate that chocolate is a healthy food, but not all chocolate is created equal. The health benefits of chocolate are found in the cocoa content, so low-cocoa chocolate foods will have little beneficial effects.

In addition to lacking sufficient amounts of cocoa, white and milk chocolate also contain more sugar, further diluting the health benefits of cocoa.

A dark chocolate bar of at least 70% cocoa is best if you’re going for health and for flavor—though you may wish to go darker if you have an adventurous palate.

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10 Ways Chocolate Is Actually Good for You

Most people like chocolate. For me, this is one food I can survive on!

There is just so much you can do with chocolate. You can have hot cocoa, put some chocolate syrup on your pancakes, have chocolate pudding, soufflés, and truffles, dip your fruit in it, or just have chocolate on its own; the possibilities are endless.

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My 25 Favorite Chocolate Quotes

Some people collect stamps, others collect baseballs, or multitudes of family photos. I, myself, collect quotes.

I've always loved quotes. I like that many people can relate to a good quote. To me, it's like listening to the radio - it's comforting knowing that somewhere in the world there's a handful of others listening in with me.

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Facts and Myths About Chocolate – Infographic

Here is an infographic showing some common myths about chocolate and the facts that show chocolate is not as bad for your health as you might think. Of course, as a reader of this blog, you are often exposed to the health benefits of chocolate.

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Solbeso – Spirit Distilled From The Cacao Fruit

When we think about cacao, we almost always associate it with chocolate. The pod is the fruit of the cacao tree. The big seeds inside the pod are the cocoa beans. But the fruit is more than just the outer shell and the inner beans. There's also a pulp that surrounds the beans.

The pulp is thin and it's typically removed and thrown away to get access to the beans which are used to make the luscious chocolate we dream about.

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The Story of Chocolate – Infographic

Chocolate has fascinated people all over the world for thousands of years. Today, forty to fifty million people depend on cocoa for their livelihoods. Here's an interesting infographic with more details.

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Chocolate Craving Mysteries Debunked

Chocolate candy bars can naturally contain chemicals that simulate everything from coffee to marijuana, which can be a good excuse as to why we crave it. It will always be a mystery that we are unable to abstain from it, yes? No. This research shows we are simply greedy.

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Q&A: What’s the Big Deal About Lecithin?

Recently a reader asked me the following question. It's a good one, so I wanted to answer here on the blog...

What is the big deal about soy lecithin and if most artisan producers manage to do without it, why don't all chocolatiers?

The big deal about soy lecithin is a combination of science and economics.
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Can Chocolate Keep You Awake Like Coffee Does?

Do you give in to your nighttime chocolate cravings? Do you nibble on chocolate all throughout the day? Or drink a cup of hot chocolate, maybe? And you wash them all down with coffee? Come bedtime, you're wondering why you’re wide awake when all you did the entire day was run errands and be on the go. Why is sleep not swinging by?
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