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With Halloween just weeks away and more holidays around the corner, chocolate has been a huge staple to celebrate the holidays. To the majority, chocolate is apart of our daily lives so why not learn some fun facts of chocolate!
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🍫 Chocolate was first consumed by drinking not eating. 90% of chocolate consumption history was drinking "hot chocolate".
🍫 September 13th is International Chocolate Day and Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey's chocolates birthday.
🍫 The chocolate industry is worth $110 billion per year.
🍫German chocolate cake is not from Germany. The cake is named after an American named Sam German who developed a sweet baking chocolate in 1952.
🍫100 pounds of chocolate are eaten each second in the United States.
🍫 The average person from Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, and Great Britain consumes 24 pounds of chocolate each year and China 99 grams of chocolate each year.
🍫Ghirardelli brand is the U.S. portion of swiss confectioner Lindt.
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🍫The United Kingdom sells 200 million Cadbury Creme Eggs each year and produces 1.5 million a day.
🍫A week before Easter🐰 , Americans purchase 71 million pounds of chocolate candy, 48 million pounds for Valentine's Day💟 , and 90 million pounds for Halloween 🎃.
🍫Harry Barnett Reese, the founder of Reeses Peanut Butter Cups was a former Hershey employee and created the famous candy in the 1920's.
🍫The scientific name for the cacao tree is "Theobroma Cacao" which literally translates to "Cacao, food of the Gods".
🍫It takes the whole years crop from one cacao tree to produce a half kilo of cocoa.
🍫Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey's Chocolate company expanded so rapidly that Milton built an entire town for his employees to live in.
🍫Napoleon always had chocolate with him. He ate it as whenever he needed an energy boost.
🍫 Chocolate producers worldwide use an estimated 20% of the world's peanut crops and 40% of their almond crops.
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🍫 In 2020, Lindt Chocolate introduced the world's largest chocolate fountain that pours from 30 feet high with 1,500 liters of real chocolate pouring into a giant Lindor truffle at their latest Lindt shop, museum and factory.
🍫 Rodolphe Lindt, founder of Lindt Chocolate invented the conche press
🍫It takes about 400 beans to produce a single pound of chocolate.
🍫Each cacao tree produces approximately 2,500 beans
🍫Nutella was invented during World War Two, when an Italian pastry chef mixed hazelnuts into chocolate to extend his cocoa supply.
🍫The French celebrate April Fool's Day with a chocolate shaped fish also known as "Poisson d'Avril"
Saving the best fun fact for last!
🍫CaCao Noel is named after the founders of Paris Gourmet, Xavier and Dominique Noel!
More Fun Facts About Chocolate:
Mental Floss - Food History of Chocolate
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