Let’s face it, it is a rare creature that doesn’t love chocolate. Rarely has one edible substance evoked such universal passion, adoration and devotion. Here at OG, our love of chocolate may be slightly superseded by our love of the coffee bean and the ganoderma lucidum mushroom.
In honor of the delicious creation that is chocolate, here are our top ten fun facts about chocolate, which reveal how much chocolate truly rocks.
1. A jewel thief made off with $28 million dollars worth of precious gems in 2007, because he was able to gain the trust of the guards working the bank in Antwerp, Belgium, by repeatedly offering them chocolate.
2. According to some historians, at one point during the second world war, the Nazis plotted to assassinate Winston Churchill using an exploding bar of chocolate.
3. The scientific name for the tree that chocolate comes from, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.”
4. It takes a almost a full year for a cocoa tree to produce enough pods to make 10 standard-sized Hershey bars.
5. The ancient Maya are believed to be the first people to regularly grow cacao trees and drink chocolate. The Aztecs got it later, but they had to trade for cacao because they couldn’t grow the trees.
6. The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to the bitter, spicy drink the Aztecs made from cacao beans.
7. When the Aztec empire ruled most of Mesoamerica, chocolate was still widely consumed, and cacao seeds were a form of currency. The Aztec emperor Montezuma II is said to have drunk more than 50 cups of chocolate every day.
8. Chocolate gives you a more intense mental high and gets your heart pounding more than kissing does.
9. Speaking of chocolate and kisses, Hershey’s Kisses got their name from the kissing sound the machine that deposits the chocolate on the conveyor belt makes. Hershey’s makes 70 million Kisses every day, and enough annually to make a 300,000-mile-long line of Kisses.
10. The film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was financed by Quaker Oats to promote its new Wonka Bar candy. This is why the film is called “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” instead of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” like the Roald Dahl novel on which it was based.