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12 quirky facts you might not know about chocolate

Next time you’re relishing this confectionary treat, think about some of these quirky chocolate facts.

1. Chocolate was first brought to Europe on July 7, 1550. That’s why we celebrate on that day (and many others).

2. Cocoa beans were considered more valuable than gold dust in the Mayan culture.

3. 15,000 gallons of water mixed with cream and chocolate made the river in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

4. The largest bar of chocolate weighed in 12,770 lbs and 4.48oz. Thortons’ Chocolate in Alfreton, United Kingdom to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

5. Ghirardelli Chocolate is America’s longest continuously operating chocolate manufacturer.

6. It takes between 300-400 beans to make a single pound of the good stuff.Cupcakes 2

7. The cacao bean is native to Latin and South America. However, Africa is the world’s leading producer of the beans.

8. Some soldiers were paid with chocolate during the Revolutionary War.

9. One of the biggest chocolate sellers in the world is the Brussels Airport.

10. There are 4 kinds of chocolate: milk, dark, white, and blond.

11.Celebrate World Chocolate Day on July 7 and celebrate National Chocolate Day on October 28.

12. Alfred Hitchcock used Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup for the famous shower stabbing scene in Psycho.

We found a terrific Double Decadent Chocolate Cupcake recipe you need to try while you’re thinking about these quirky chocolate facts.

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