Interesting Facts About Chocolate

Learn some interesting facts about chocolate that will make you question chocolate's origin.  Find out the place that chocolate may have originated from and how chocolate was first discovered.

One of the interesting facts about chocolate is that no one person can really claim the credit as the inventor of chocolate. 

Some scientists say the Aztecs and Mayans were the first to have used the cacao bean, and some say it was the Olmecs.

First Chocolate Made was Spicy!

The first people known to have made a chocolate drink were the Mayans and Aztecs.

They mixed ground cacao beans with various spices to make a spicy drink.

Mayans who were somewhat spiritual people probably took a liking to this food because it helped to give them that "Special" feeling.

Later, the Spanish explorers brought the cacao beans back home and created other recipes using sugar.

Chocolate became very popular and spread throughout the world. Today this creation is probably one of the world's most popular treats especially with the ladies.

Who Invented Chocolate?

It is believed that chocolate which comes from the cacao plant or tree was grown somewhere between 1500 BC and 400 BC.

And it appears to originate in Ancient cultures of Mexico and Central America.  And the first chocolate food made was in the form of a drink.

Early Spanish explorers discovered the cacao plant or tree when visiting these ancient places during the 16th Century and brought the discovery back to Europe.

Interesting Facts About Chocolate

Chocolate may have really originated from another world so to speak.

There are many stories that are kept out of "mainstream" which may indicate that chocolate may have come from "elsewhere".

"Elsewhere" may have something to do with the "Gods" interestingly enough.  Maybe that is why chocolate is claimed to be the "Food of the Gods"??

  • It takes about 400 cacao or cocoa beans to make a pound of chocolate.
  • Chocolate is Americas favorite flavor and most Americans prefer milk chocolate.
  • It's one of the richest sources of magnesium.
  • This treat is considered a gift from heaven.
  • The chemicals found in chocolate releases serotonin and endorphins in your brain which makes you feel very happy.
  • This is the traditional gift of love and is considered an aphrodisiac.
  • No link to being the cause of acne has been found.

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