Fun Facts About Chocolate

Apart from it being addictive, did you know that it has less caffeine than coffee? Impress your friends with your knowledge of this wonderful and lovable substance and you can then proudly call yourself a knowledgeable chocoholic :)

Why is some chocolate more expensive than other chocolate?
The price of chocolate varies greatly from inexpensive candy bars to pricey truffles. Like wine, the price varies depending on the processing and quality of the original ingredients (a chocolate made from high quality cacao beans and other ingredients, with a greater percentage of cocoa butter, and more extensive refining during manufacture) and the amount of fine hand-work needed to fashion the chocolate into a confection.

Does chocolate really aggravate acne?
Not at all: It's a common myth that chocolate aggravates acne. Experiments conducted at the University of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Naval Academy found that consumption of chocolate -- even frequent daily dietary intake -- had no effect on the incidence of acne.

Why can't I share chocolate with my dogs?
Chocolate can be lethal to dogs. Theobromine, an ingredient that stimulates the cardiac muscle and the central nervous system, causes chocolate's toxicity. About two ounces of milk chocolate can be poisonous for a 10-lb puppy.

How can I tell if my chocolate has spoiled?
Chocolate bloom is the tell-tale sign that chocolate has not been stored correctly. The most obvious type of bloom, fat bloom, looks like gray-white blotches and streaks on the chocolate and occurs when the chocolate is exposed to heat during storage. Sugar bloom, which leaves the chocolate feeling rough, occurs when the chocolate is stored in damp conditions.

Chocolate Trivia:
  • Consumers spend more than $7 billion a year on chocolate.

  • US consumers eat 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate annually, representing nearly half of the world's supply.

  • Annual per capita consumption of chocolate is 12 pounds per person.

  • American chocolate manufacturers use about 1.5 billion pounds of milk -- only surpassed by the cheese and ice cream industries.

  • Most Americans prefer milk chocolate, approximately 65 percent, but dark chocolate's popularity is growing rapidly.

  • Chocolate has over 500 flavor components, more than twice the amount found in strawberry and vanilla.

  • The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the temperature of the human body, which is why it literally melts in your mouth!