Curious facts from the chocolate world
Here you can find ten interesting and curious facts from the fascinating world of chocolate. They are not only well worth knowing, some of them are amazing.
Germany – the munchy crunchy country
According to a statistic from the Federal Association of German Confectioners Germans consume around 9.25 kilograms of chocolate per year – the equivalent of almost 93 normal sized 100 gram chocolate bars. Nonetheless the Germans are outdone by their Swiss neighbours who take the pole position with 11.6 kilograms per head.
Not without my chocolate
German writers and philosophers soon fell victim to the tempting sweet. Goethe, for example, never went on a journey without taking some chocolate with him. The renowned Venetian lover Giacomo Casanova also loved to stimulate his senses with chocolate before setting on his romantic escapades.
British Common Law contains a particularly questionable clause. Women are forbidden to eat chocolate in public transport.
Chocolate as a sin against the Church?
Chocolate was literally on everyone’s tongue in the 17th and 18th centuries. For almost 200 years the Catholic Church discussed whether to allow or forbid drinking chocolate during fasting periods. The answer came from the highest instance: the Vatican decided that drinking chocolate did not basically offend the principles of fasting.
The Armenian Grand Candy Factory produced a monumental block of chocolate in 2010. To celebrate the company’s tenth anniversary it came up with a bar weighing no less than 4.4. tons.
Where should we put the choc bar?
Chocolate likes being stored in dark, cool and dry places, best of all in a place like the pantry or the larder. Here the aroma can develop to its best.
As we know, only the inside contents of the cocoa bean can be processed to chocolate. But what happens to the shell? People have also come up with a clever idea. Experts regard cocoa bean shells as an ideal natural fertiliser. This has two advantages: in the form of mulch it prevents weeds from growing too fast. In addition it’s a problem for snails. It goes without saying that chocolate-based fertilisers smell better than their normal competitors…
Chocolate in your own garden?
Chocolate Cosmos (Latin: Cosmos atrosanguineus) makes it possible! It particularly develops its appetising dark chocolate aroma on warm late afternoons in summer. That said, the out-of-the-ordinary decorative plant, sometimes also known as the chocolate flower, differs from the genuine chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata) mainly in the colour of its blossoms which vary from a dark violet brown tone to dark red.
Chocolate hysteria in Japan
Every year Japanese stores expect hordes of customers on Valentines day (14th of February). Around this time chocolate manufacturers reckon to have a turnover of around 20% of their total annual income. That said, women not only give chocolate to their partners but also to all the men in their immediate environment - according to a special hierarchy of friendship. The boss receives a high-quality chocolate present, and colleagues who are not particularly liked receive the so-called “Giri chocolate" (literally: "Duty chocolate").
Does chocolate kill acne?
You may not believe it but chocolate is really good for the skin. The secret lies in the cocoa. This contains valuable antioxidants which catch the free radicals produced by stress, thereby protecting the skin from damaging materials. The higher the proportion of cocoa, the better chocolate is for the skin. In addition this delicious food is rich in zinc, a mineral which has been tried and tested in acne therapy.