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Little-Known Facts about Chocolate

Updated on August 28, 2013

Chocolate is a delicious treat that is both delicious and inexpensive. But, there are some facts about chocolate that can really help your chocolate experience. As a baker, I have learned a lot about chocolate and the process of making chocolate. I am a big fan of the delicious treat and I would like to share with you what I know.

Cocoa Content Isn't Everything!

There has been a myth going around that states:

The higher the cocoa content, the better quality of chocolate.

This is false. Cocoa content is how much cocoa in a bar of chocolate. The higher the cocoa content, the more bitter the bar will be. You see, cocoa comes from the cacao tree. Cocoa itself is very bitter but, when mixed in with other ingredients, it becomes sweeter.

So, if you have a chocolate bar with 100% cocoa content, you will have a very bitter tasting chocolate bar. About 60% cocoa is considered dark chocolate. 60%-70% is considered the best tasting chocolate.

Cocoa comes from a cacao tree.
Cocoa comes from a cacao tree. | Source

Cocoa Comes from Trees!

Did you know that cocoa comes from trees? It's true! In fact, cocoa comes from three different types of trees. The three trees are Forastero,Trinitario, and Criollo.

The Forastero is the most commercially available. It is cheaper than the Criollo thus making it desirable to use in chocolate making. Companies like Hershey's uses Forastero cocoa in their chocolate.

Criollo is the original cacao tree, If you get a chocolate bar from this tree, you are getting the real deal. It has a very fruity yet bitter taste to it. Good quality chocolate will be made from this.

Lastly, the Trinitario. The Trinitario is the "baby" of the Forastero and the Criollo. This cocoa will give you the aroma of the Criollo but the hardiness of the Forastero.

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Chocolate is GOOD for You!

Before you stop reading and run to the store to grab all the chocolate ever, let me specify that dark chocolate is good for you.

If you eat a square of chocolate with at least 60% cocoa content, your body will benefit;

  • It will lower your blood pressure.
  • It will improve cognitive function.
  • It will make you happier.
  • It will help control your blood sugar.
  • It will reduce your risk of cavities.


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      Amanda 5 years ago from Camas, WA

      If you are looking for cheap chocolate with an expensive taste, definitely go with Lindt! They use high quality chocolate and sell it for cheaper because they make millions of truffles a day! I am a true chocaholic too and I definitely can't live without it! If you don't like the bitter taste, they do have dark chocolate without it...I would suggest Hershey's Special Dark. To me, it tastes just like milk!

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      visionandfocus 5 years ago from North York, Canada

      I voted yes, I confess I'm a chocaholic. It's my only vice, so I'm not giving it up. :) I realise dark chocolate is the only chocolate that's good for you, but I can't stand the bitter taste, I'm sorry. My true love is milk chocolate. I'm not particular. I'll have anything from KitKat to Maltesers to Ferrero Rocher to Lindt. I hate to say this, but for me, some cheap choccy tastes just as good as expensive choccy. I'm glad you mentioned the trees. I have more respect for the expensive choccy now, not that that's going to be any help to me, but it's always good to know more. Thanks for sharing!

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      Amanda 5 years ago from Camas, WA

      @Geekdom I didn't know about the trees until my teacher told me! It's awesome because you can tell what tree a candy bar came from just from the taste!

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      Geekdom 5 years ago

      Thank you for all the fun facts. I love trivia. I had no idea about the three trees that could be used.

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      Amanda 5 years ago from Camas, WA

      Thank you :) I have a good teacher. Go enjoy your chocolate!

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      Reynold Jay 5 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I gotta eat a chocolate right now! I was in the candy and chocolate business for two decades and never knew any of this. Well done.