Chocolate is awesome. There are people who don’t like chocolate, and that’s okay, but it’s safe to say they’re really missing out. Just the fact that it can come in all shapes, sizes, and flavours, and has both sweet and savoury dish potential, makes it such a crowd pleaser. And what better time than World Chocolate Day (July 7) to celebrate it?
But behind every chocolate hides a series of facts you probably didn’t know, or knew, but were too engrossed in enjoying your chocolate that you brushed it aside. And each chocolate fact on this list could change your life.
White chocolate is not chocolate
Well, not technically, at least. All chocolates usually contain cocoa solids or cocoa liquor. But white chocolate has none of those, but only uses cocoa butter. And according to rules in the United States of America and across the European Union, only if it contains 20 per cent cocoa butter does it really qualify as chocolate. And yes, your life has been a lie.
Nutella only contains 7 per cent chocolate
Yep. There’s no chocolate fact more daunting than this. Earlier this year, a report claimed that they’d broken down what Nutella is really made of, and while there’s 20 per cent palm oil, almost 53 per cent of sugar, and 14 per cent of nuts, there’s only 7 per cent cocoa powder in there. Not so chocolaty, huh?
Chocolate can kill you
Not the most happy chocolate fact on our list (maybe none of these are), but the fact is that chocolate in a large quantity can kill you, thanks to theobromine poisoning. But you’d need to eat 85 whole chocolate bars in one go in order to do that.
Chocolates have insects
Yep. But there’s a limit to which that is safe. Apparently, the average chocolate bar has about eight insect parts in it, and up to 60 parts in a 100 gram bar of chocolate is considered safe. Anything more than that means you’d rather eat the insects than the chocolate. Cool? Cool.
People didn’t each chocolate before 1847
Yep. A historical chocolate fact, before 1847 and the good people at the Fry and Sons shop, people only drank chocolate as hot chocolate or in the brewed form, like the Aztecs had it. And chocolate was discovered around 1250 BC, so technically, people have been drinking chocolate for a lot longer than we’ve been eating it!
So how many of these do you know? And if any of these put you off or made you sad, grab a bar of chocolate to feel better! We just did.