Personally, we don’t think there needs to be a special day set aside to celebrate chocolate, we are already celebrating it year-round! But nevertheless, July 7th is World Chocolate Day and you don’t need to tell us twice, any excuse to eat more of the good stuff is absolutely fine with us. And if it’s fair trade and ethically made, which many brands are these days, ever better! Chocolate is popular all over the world, and it supposedly was first introduced in Europe on July 7th, 1550. A myriad of chocolate types exist for us all to enjoy. So grab a chocolate bar, get comfy and enjoy these chocolatey facts!
- It takes approximately 400 cocoa beans to make 1lb of chocolate
- 2. There are an estimated 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa
- Last year, the British public ate more chocolate per person than any other country.
- Research shows that hot chocolate tastes best in orange coloured mugs.
- There is evidence that chocolate raises serotonin levels, which helps us feel happy. A much needed lift if you’ve recently suffered a fracture.
- The French celebrate April Fool’s Day with chocolate-shaped fish, or “Poisson d’Avril.
- It takes two to four days to make a single-serving chocolate bar.
- The official world record for eating two pounds of chocolate candy bars is six minutes.
The melting point of chocolate is below blood temperature, which is why it is so mouth-meltingly satisfying!
Studies show that one of the major saturated fats in chocolate does not raise cholesterol like other hard fats do, which means chocolate can be enjoyed in moderation. So enjoy!