5 Things You Never Knew About Chocolate
There are certain things that all of us know about our favourite sweet treat, chocolate: that it was first discovered in South America; that dark chocolate has several proven health benefits; and that it was first enjoyed in Europe in the form of a drink. But we’re willing to bet you may not have been aware of these five chocolate facts!
1. Technically, chocolate counts as a vegetable. The cacao bean comes from the cacao tree, which is a member of the same family of plants as those which produce okra and cotton. So our five-a-day punnet does actually contain real vegetables!
2. Napoleon loved chocolate and wine. The French general was such a big fan of our favourite bean, he demanded that chocolate and wine be available to him and all his top advisors during every campaign. Who’d have thought we’d want to invite him to a girls’ night in?
3. Chocolate’s melting point is just below the temperature of the human body. Chocolate melts at around 33 degrees Celsius, and the human body’s usual temperature is around 37.5 degrees, which is why it melts so easily in the mouth.
4. Chocolate can be made from two different types of cacao beans. Most chocolate is made from forastero beans, which are easier to grow and therefore even more readily available, but crillo beans are regarded as better for making more luxurious chocolate.
5. The white pattern that sometimes appears on milk chocolate isn’t mould – it’s fat.Chocolate that has been exposed to high heat can sometimes show a white pattern on the surface, which is caused by liquid fats breaking through to the surface, before they resolidify again. It’s still perfectly safe to eat, just not quite as pretty as before.
Do you have any chocolate facts you want to share with us? Let us know in the comments below!