Unusual chocolate facts
Chocolate is enjoyed by millions around the world, here are some interesting and unusual facts that caught us by surprise!
1. Chocolate was used as currency
In Mayan times the cocoa bean was used as a form of currency as it was considered to be worth more than gold dust. The cultivation of the beans was therefore restricted so the value of cocoa beans as money would not go down.
2. White chocolate isn't real chocolate
In order to be classified as real chocolate, a product has to contain cocoa solids or cocoa liquor, white "chocolate" does not and contains cocoa butter instead.
3. The chocolate chip cookie was invented by accident
In 1930 a woman called Ruth Wakefield mixed broken pieces of Nestle chocolate into her cookie dough instead of baker's chocolate, expecting the chocolate to melt and create chocolate cookies. Instead, she accidentally created chocolate chip cookies and later sold the idea to Nestle in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
4. Cocoa can help against tooth decay
The common myth of thinking chocolate is full of sugar or artificial sweetener, and it isn’t good for our teeth, isn’t necessarily true. Pure cocoa can actually help prevent tooth decay and other naturally occurring chemicals in cocoa beans fight harmful bacteria in the mouth
5. Chocolate contains a ‘love’ chemical
Chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine. Phenylethylamine releases certain “pleasure” endorphins in the brain, which in turn make people feel good all over (similar to how they feel when they’re madly in love). While chocolate might not be a perfect love substitute, it’s one of the best alternates you’ll find!