As children, no doubt we were all read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and we all dreamed of finding our very own golden tickets and visiting a chocolate factory of our own. Many adults in fact still have that same fantasy, and we think that’s just awesome! Chocolate is a sweet treat that can brighten any occasion. Chocolate brings sunshine on grey and drizzly days. Chocolate warms the soul, chocolate is the solution to all of life’s problems! Okay, perhaps we went a tad too far there, but chocolate is pretty-amazing. But do you consider yourself a chocolate connoisseur? If so, then check out these crazy chocolate facts and see how many you were aware of.
If you’ve seen the 1971 movie ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ you’ll remember there is a scene where a rather portly young fellow named Augustus Gloop, almost drowns in a river of chocolate. As it turns out, that river wasn’t created via elaborate special effects, it was actually made from real chocolate. It was made with around 15,000 gallons of water, which was mixed with cream for thickness, and actual chocolate. Unfortunately, because of the heat in the studio from the lights etc, the cream in the river quickly turned bad, and ended up smelling rancid.
What?! Of course it is, the clue’s in the name. Well, technically, it’s not. You see, white chocolate contains no cocoa solids or cocoa liquors, so technically speaking, it isn’t a real form of chocolate. It contains cocoa butter, but no chocolate solids. That’s why, as delicious as it is, it tastes completely different to milk and dark chocolate.
Long before we had chocolate bars, cakes, and other fatty but delicious treats, chocolate was being consumed in liquid form. You all know hot chocolate, right? Well, hot chocolate was the drink of choice by the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. Back then it was very different however. Cocoa beans were boiled in water, resulting in a bitter drink that was consumed primarily during religious ceremonies and special occasions like weddings.
Like so many of today’s wonderful culinary creations, the amazing chocolate chip cookie that we all know and love, was created purely by accident. Back in 1930, a baker named Ruth Wakefield was attempting to bake chocolate cookies. She ran out of baking chocolate and instead took a few broken chunks of a Nestle chocolate bar and mixed them into her dough. She expected the chocolate to melt and be absorbed to create a chocolate dough. Rather than that happening however, the chunks kept their shape and the end result was a chocolate chip cookie. She tasted it, discovered how amazing it tasted, and sold her idea to Nestle Toll House. Her fee? A lifetime supply of chocolate!
We know that many chocolate bars and treats contain fats, cream, sugar, and other ingredients that promote obesity, but did you know that it also contains an ingredient that can potentially be fatal. This ingredient is a stimulant known as Theobromine, which can cause heart and organ failure in very high dosages. In order for the levels to become fatal, one would have to consume around 22 pounds of chocolate in one sitting. We’ve heard of death by chocolate, but let’s try not to make it too literal, shall we?