Sound like you know about chocolate!

If you thought you knew all about chocolate, think again.

Anumeha Chaturvedi        Print Edition: November 15, 2009

If you thought you knew all about chocolate, think again.

  1. Chocolate comes from the Mayan civilisation where they made beverages called xocolatl. It meant “bitter water” from the cacao tree. The earliest documented use is around 1200 B.C.
  2. A study last year found that a bar of dark chocolate makes blood vessels more flexible, keeps arteries free and helps reduce chances of heart attacks.
  3. Chocolate was also an important luxury good throughout pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and cacao beans were often used as a currency by the Aztecs.
  4. Mars Inc. was the first to produce white chocolate within the United States. White chocolate does not contain any theobromine, and can be easily consumed by animals.
  5. The three main varieties of cacao beans used in chocolate are criollo, forastero and trinitario, with the former being the rarest and the most expensive.
  6. The finest, plain-dark chocolate contains at least 70% cocoa, whereas milk chocolate usually contains up to 50%. High-quality white chocolate couvertures contain only about 33% cocoa.

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