It’s the day after Easter and you know what that means: chocolate is on sale! Peeps are on sale! Everything delicious is on sale, and it’s time to buy it all up! We thought we’d inspire you to be a little naughty and indulge in all the sugary goodness by showcasing some chocolatey puzzles. Mmm!
Talk about chocolate overload! From Chocolate Unwrapped:
1. The first recorded “Death by Chocolate” case occurred in the 17th Century in Chiapas, Mexico. Upper class Spaniards were so addicted to chocolate that they refused to adhere to a church dictated chocolate ban that forbade them from eating or drinking any food during the church services. As a result, the people of the town refused not only listen to the ban but chose to attend worship services in convents instead. The Bishop who passed the law was later found dead due to poison being mixed into his daily cup of chocolate.
While the Swiss consume the most chocolate, Americans make the most chocolate. Each American eats about 22 pounds of candy or chocolate a year. That makes 2.8 billion pounds annually! As of 2006, consumers spent $7,000,000 every year on chocolate alone.
92% of Americans prefer milk chocolate, but dark chocolate’s popularity is growing rapidly, possibly because dark chocolate is considered a more healthy treat. Dark chocolate has more flavonoids than any other food. It has been found to improve blood pressure, prevent blood clots, slow the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (making it less likely to stick to artery walls) and reduce inflammation. It’s thought that eating a few squares every day can reduce the risk of a heart attack by up to 10%.
See’s Candies boasts that milk chocolate, and specifically milk chocolate bordeaux are the most popular of their candies. See’s Milk BordeauxTM is a blend of creamy brown sugar covered in milk chocolate and decorated with chocolate rice. But America’s favorite chocolate brand is Snickers. The unit sales are 407,409,600 which brings in about $424,112,200. Wow!
Which filling of chocolate do you like best? Well, whatever it is, you owe a big thanks to Swiss Confectioner Jules Sechaud. In 1913 he invented a process to allow chocolates to have those unique fillings.
Gene Wilder stated that about 1/3 of the objects in the Chocolate Room in the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory were edible! However, most of the chocolate bars in the film were actually made of wood, except for that famous chocolate river, which was a real mixture of chocolate, water, and cream. Unfortunately, it spoiled fairly quickly and left an awful smell.