10 FUN FACTS ABOUT CHOCOLATE
- Chocolate was regarded as an aphrodisiac by the Aztec Indians and the word chocolate means ‘bitter water’, in the Aztec language.
- Chocolate is a valuable energy source.
- The Swiss consume the most chocolate per capita, although the US produces the most chocolate and consumes the most pounds per year.
- In 1842 Cadbury’s in England created the worlds first chocolate bar.
- One ounce of baking chocolate or cocoa contains 10% of the daily recommended intake of iron.
- You would have to eat more than a dozen chocolate bars to equal the amount of caffeine found in a cup of coffee.
- Chocolate discharges the same chemical into your body which is produced when you start falling in love.
- The shelf life of a box of chocolate is approximately one year.
You will need:
1 cup peanuts(optional) 3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup syrup
1/4 cup cocoa powder 1/2 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
Make the popcorn:
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Oil a 10×15 inch baking pan with sides.
- Place popcorn and peanuts into a large, metal bowl, and
- Stir together the sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder, and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until it comes to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the vanilla, then pour over the popcorn. Stir until the popcorn is well coated. Spread the popcorn into the prepared pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring several
- Remove from the oven, and allow to cool to room temperature. Break into small clumps, and store in an airtight container. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/160595/ chocolate-popcorn/
Theobroma Cacao is the tree that produces cocoa beans, and it means “food of the gods.” Chocolate comes from a fruit tree; it’s made from a seed
It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
Each cacao tree produces approximately 2,500 beans. Studies have demonstrated that one of the major saturated fats in chocolate does not raise cholesterol like other hard fats– meaning chocolate can be enjoyed in moderation.
Research to date supports that chocolate can be enjoyed as part of a balanced, heart-healthy diet and lifestyle.