If ever you needed an excuse to indulge yourself. this is it. This week is Chocolate Week!!!! Yes you heard me right. Every single day from today until 14th October you may appreciate as much chocolate as you like without any judgement from me.
And just to whet your appetite, here are a few delicious choccy facts for you to devour:
1 The blood in Psycho’s famous shower scene was actually chocolate syrup.
2 The scientific name for the tree that chocolate comes from, (Theobroma cacao), means ‘food of the gods’.
3 White chocolate is not chocolate. IT doesn’t contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, meaning it isn’t chocolate in the strict sense. It does contain parts of the cacao bean, mainly cocoa butter.
4 The Aztecs loved and valued the cacao bean so much that they used to use it as currency.
5 A jewel thief made off with $28 million of gems in 2007 because he was able to gain the trust of the guards working the bank in Antwerp, Belgium by repeatedly offering them chocolate.
6 At one point the Nazis plotted to assassinate Winston Churchill with an exploding bar of chocolate.
7 There is a rare fourth kind of chocolate in addition to the classic milk, dark and white varieties, called blond chocolate.
8 The film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was financed by Quaker Oats to promote its new Wonka Bar candy. This is why the film is called Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory instead of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, like the book that its based on.
9 The first chocolate bar was invented in 1847 by Joseph Fry.
10 According to the Food & Drug Administration, It’s believed that people who are allergic to chocolate are also allergic to cockroaches, as around eight inspect parts are typically found in a bar of chocolate.
Well, if that last snippet of information hasn’t put you off that bar chocolate….fill your boots! Luckily for me, I don’t appear to be allergic to chocolate OR cockroaches. Happy days.
For more chocolate inspiration, click this naughty but nice link for Frosted Chocolate Cake
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