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15 Fun Facts About Chocolate!

Updated on November 18, 2013

1. Chocolate comes from the cacao tree.This tree is believed to have originated in South America. Beans from this tree are turned into paste which is used to make chocolate products.

2. Cocoa has a higher antioxidant capacity than almost any other food. Antioxidants are great for your health and can help prevent disease and aging by protecting the body from damaging free radicals.

3. Most of the world's cocoa is grown close to the equator. West Africa produces most of the world's cocoa.

4. According to one Italian study, women who eat chocolate have a better sex life than those who do not.

5. Hershey's is the oldest chocolate factory in the United States and produces over one billion pounds of chocolate products each year!

6. Research does not support the claim that chocolate causes acne.

7. When melting chocolate be sure not to overheat it or you may alter its flavor.

8. White chocolate does not contain cocoa. Basically, it's not actually chocolate!

9. Several studies have shown that chocolate may be help lower cholesterol and be good for your heart.

10. Although chocolate is healthy for human's to eat, it can be toxic for many animals including dogs, cats, birds, and horses.

11. The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other country!

12. Studies have shown that women tend to crave chocolate more than men.

13. Most people think that the ears of a chocolate bunny should be eaten first.

14. Cacao beans were used as currency in ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations.

15. German chocolate has nothing to do with Germany. It was named after a man named Sam German.


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      Treathyl FOX 3 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Shared to my foodie page on Facebook. FYI.

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      You just gave me a few more reasons to love chocolate, thanks!

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      As a chocolate lover, I have three comments: (1) no wonder I don´t like white chocolate and it doesn´t come as a surprise that it doesn´t have cocoa, it doesn´t even taste like chocolate! (2) I have witnessed fact number 12 every time with the men of my life. (3) Chocolate might be healthy but as it almost always has loads of sugar accompanying it, not so much; let’s face it, we eat it because we love it and get lots of pleasure from it, not because it is healthy, for healthy antioxidants, much better some blueberries or broccoli.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I had heard that white chocolate is not actually chocolate and now I understand why -- it has no cocoa! Thanks for the info here. I do love chocolate - I try to have a bit each day (it's not hard to try for that!!). This is a well-organized hub.

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      Alan R Lancaster 4 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Can you elaborate on the theme? I felt 'short-changed' when I got to the end so soon. Maybe you could bring in some famous figures who used chocolate in an unusual way - Catherine 'the Great' would be a good start, or maybe Marie Antoinette?

      Or what about a chocolate cake/biscuit recipe that's got interesting connections?

      I'm a bit of a chocoholic, the fave rave being Rowntree's, now Nestles' Kit-Kat and most of their York products... Yorkie Bar's another good one, since they introduced different flavours into the equation. Forget about your Belgian or Swiss chocolate, if we've been 'tarred' by purist Europeans as producing 'vegolate' (that's how the French and Swiss described the British-made product, but they're just jealous).

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      Kara Monterey 4 years ago from Indianapolis

      Thanks for all the great comments guys! Glad you enjoyed it:)

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      Dina Blaszczak 4 years ago from Poland

      I love chocolate and I enjoyed the reading :)

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      penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      Great information on oh-so-good chocolate. And I agree with Suzettenaples: PMS is the reason women crave it more than men.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yummy facts!!

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      shabushaj 4 years ago from india

      Relieved to hear that chocolate doesn't cause acne. Useful facts. Thanks for sharing. ,

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Interesting and thank you for sharing your list. It is hard not to like chocolate and it is no surprise to me that women crave chocolate more than men! PMS and all that good stuff! LOL.

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      kevina oyatedor 4 years ago