July 28 - Geezer's Blog - National Milk Chocolate Day

posted by Dave Lehner - 

The Bottom Line: Sweet facts about chocolate!

The Full Story:

  • A recent study indicates that when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.
  • Aztec Emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers, every day.
  • Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.
  • The average American consumes more than 10 pounds of chocolate every year.
  • 76% of Americans say the ears of the chocolate bunnies should be eaten first.5% think chocolate feet of the bunnies should be eaten first.4% think the chocolate tails should go first.
  • One ounce of milk chocolate has only a little more caffeine than the amount of caffeine in a cup of decaffeinated coffee. White chocolate has no caffeine.
  • When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.
  • American and Russian space flights have always included chocolate.
  • American chocolate manufacturers use about 1.5-billion pounds of milk -- only surpassed by the cheese and ice cream industries.

The Timeline of Chocolate

  • 1824: John Cadbury, an English Quaker, began roasting and grinding chocolate beans to sell in his tea and coffee shop. In 1842 Cadbury's Chocolate Company in England creates the first chocolate bar.
  • 1875: A Swiss chocolate maker, Daniel Peter, mixed Henri Nestle's condensed milk with chocolate and the two men found a company to manufacture the first milk chocolate.
  • 1894: Milton Hershey added a line of chocolate to his caramel manufacturing business. Soon he invented the Hershey Bar by experimenting with milk chocolate. Hershey's Cocoa appeared next.
  • 1896: Leonard Hershfield invented the Tootsie Roll, named after his daughter.
  • 1897: Brownies are first mentioned in print, listed for sale in the Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalogue.
  • About 1900: A machine called the enrober was invented to replace the task of hand-dipping chocolate.
  • 1930: Franklin Mars invented the Snickers Bar.
  • 1939: Nestle first introduced semisweet chocolate morsels.
  • 1940: The Mars company invented M&M's for soldiers going to World War II.

…and the rest is history!

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