Chocolate: Trivia, History & Test Your Chocolate IQ


When we eat chocolate:
• 66% of chocolate is consumed between meals.
• 22% of all chocolate consumption takes place between 8pm and midnight.
• More chocolate is consumed in winter than any other season.

  1. Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate every day. It was thick, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers.
  2. Columbus brought cacao (chocolate) beans back to Spain on his fourth voyage in 1502.
  3. Milton Stavely Hershey first became rich selling caramels. He sold his caramel business in 1900 for $1 million and started making milk chocolate.
  4. American consumers average 10-12 pounds of chocolate a year, while in the UK they eat almost twice that amount.
  5. Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts. (2008)
  6. Chocolate supposedly made its film debut when Jean Harlow ate candy in the 1933 comedy ‘Dinner at Eight’.
  7. Chocolate syrup was used for the blood in the famous shower scene in the Alfred Hitchcock movie ‘Psycho’. The scene lasts for about 45 seconds in the movie, but took 7 days to film.
  8. The Cacao tree only thrives in latitudes no more than 20 degrees north of south of the equator.
  9. U.S. chocolate manufacturers use about 3.5 million pounds of whole milk every day to make chocolate.
  10. Hershey’s Chocolate was introduced in 1900.
  11. Cole Porter got a kick from fudge. He had nine pounds of it shipped to him each month from his hometown.
  12. The fruit of the Cacao tree grow directly from the trunk. They look like small melons, and the pulp inside contains 20 to 50 seeds or beans. It takes about 400 beans to make a pound of chocolate.
  13. Never give a dog chocolate, as it contains theobromine, which is a central nervous system stimulant. As little as 2 ounces can be lethal to a small dog.
  14. Bittersweet chocolate is what is usually called for in baking. It contains more chocolate liquor (at least 35%) and less sugar than sweet chocolate.
  15. Semisweet chocolate contains 15% – 35% chocolate liquor.
  16. Hawaii is the only state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate.
  17. In the U.S. chocolate candy outsells all other types of candy combined, by 2 to 1.
  18. Seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year in the United States.
  19. Americans consumed over 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate in 2001, which is almost half of the total world’s production.
  20. There were 1,271 U.S. manufacturing establishments producing chocolate and cocoa products in 2003. These establishments employed 43,379 people and shipped $13.5 billion worth of goods that year. California led the nation in the number of chocolate and cocoa manufacturing establishments (with 146) followed by Pennsylvania (with 120).

(Source for chocolate trivia above from July 2006 Census Bureau)

For more chocolate trivia, visit the following sites:
Food Facts & Trivia: Chocolate
Chocolate Source – The History
Test Your Chocolate IQ

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