Most people love chocolate in one form or another. Whether as a chocolate bar, dipped strawberry, in syrup form, drizzled over cheesecake, or as a hot drink with marshmallows on a cold winter’s night. Chocolate is a feel good food, associated with positive emotions such as love and romance.
Anybody who’s every gone shopping for their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day naturally reaches for the king and queen of romance foods whether it be white, dark, fruit/nuts, or milk chocolate. Here are twelve “feel good” (and even healthy) facts on chocolate…
Chocolate was first discovered by the ancient Mayans then later by the Aztecs when they learned how to grow the trees. The word “chocolate” was derived from the word “xocoati”, used to describe the bitter, dark drink made from cocoa beans. Chocolate beans are grown on the Theobroma cocoa tree, the name which translates into “food of the gods”.
Chocolate was primarily consumed in liquid form for over 90-percent of the time since its existence. Historians estimate that the Aztec Emperor Montezuma II drank upwards of 50 cups of chocolate each and every day. Currently South Africa supplies more than 2/3 of the world’s cocoa, with Cote d’Ivoire the runner up supplying 33-percent of cocoa.