All About Chocolate

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It's one of the world's oldest foodstuffs with a history dating back four thousand years. Here we round up a pile of quirky facts about chocolate.

Microwave inventor inspired by chocolate

The man who invented the microwave had a bit of help from chocolate. Percy Spencer spotted that a bar of chocolate in his pocket melted quickly when he was working with magnetrons. The discovery led to him inventing the first microwave oven.

M&Ms

M&Ms were invented in 1941 as a way for American soldiers to eat chocolate without it melting.

Astronauts love chocolate too

Chocolate is quite literally out of this world. Every Russian and American rocket is stocked with chocolate treats ahead of any space trip.

It's a life saver

American chocolate magnate Milton Hershey had a narrow escape. He was due to board the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage but was called away on vital chocolate business at the last minute. Chocolate saved his life!

White chocolate

Technically, white chocolate isn't really chocolate as it does not contain any cocoa solids.

UK top of the chocoholic pops

Britain is top of the chocoholics league. The average sweet-toothed Briton scoffs 11.2kg/24.7lb of chocolate every year.

Chocolate in ancient history

Cacao beans, which is what chocolate is made from, have been roasted, ground and drunk for more than 2,000 years. The Mayans were the first champions of chocolate.

It takes 400 cacao beans to make a 1lb of chocolate.

The Aztecs created chocolate drinks with flavourings in the 14th Century. They also used the beans as a treatment for various common illnesses.

Do you know anyone who doesn't love chocolate? I know I always have to hide mine from Mr C every time he gets in from whatever it is he's been doing outside that makes him so hungry!

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