Jan 10 - Geezer's Blog - National Bitter Sweet Chocolate Day

In Case You Were Curious… About Chocolate!

January 10, 2018

The Bottom Line: Sweet facts about chocolate!

The Full Story:

  • Chocolate comes from a fruit tree; it’s made from a seed.
  • It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
  • Each cacao tree produces approximately 2,500 beans.
  • Theobroma Cacao is the tree that produces cocoa beans, and it means “food of the gods.” Carolus Linnaeus, the father of plant taxonomy, named it.
  • There are an estimated 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa.
  • Benjamin Franklin sold chocolate in his print shop in Philadelphia.
  • In November, Germans celebrate St. Martin–a knight who shared his cloak with a beggar–with a lantern-lit parade, sweets and steaming hot chocolate.
  • It takes two to four days to make a single-serving chocolate bar.
  • Chocolate contains two doses of cocoa butter—the natural amount from the bean, plus an extra dollop to bump up creaminess.
  • Champagne and sparkling wines are too acidic to pair well with milk or dark chocolate. Try pairing a sweet bubbly with white chocolate and red wine with dark. In general you want to match the sweetness level of the wine with the sweetness level of the chocolate.
  • German chocolate cake was named for Sam German, who developed a sweet bar for Baker’s Chocolate–and was not from Germany.
  • The French celebrate April Fool’s Day with chocolate-shaped fish, or “Poisson d’Avr
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