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There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” – Charles Dickens

Chocolate is perhaps the world’s most favorite food. Kids love it, and women stand by it. Whether you are happy, sad, excited, tired or plain bored, a bar of chocolate is all you need to feel better. Give a kid a piece of chocolate, and he’ll feel like the luckiest one on the earth, at least until the chocolate lasts. Your child may not think about the history of chocolate when he has a bar in hand. But if he loves chocolate, he’d also love to hear about its history.Hello Online School has compiled the most interesting facts and information about chocolate, which most people consider the ‘Food of Gods’.

But Where Does Chocolate Come From?

Chocolate is made from cocoa beans, which are fermented, dried, and roasted cacao seeds, or seeds of the cacao plant. The seeds from the cacao pods are carefully removed and left exposed to light to let them ferment for around nine days or less. Once that is done, they are dried for a week or two under the hot sun, then roasted and blended to make the cocoa powder that is used for making chocolate.The history of chocolate is long and goes back to thousands of years. The first known use of chocolate was in 1900 BC, more than 3,500 years before Nestle` set up his chocolate manufacturing unit. Only at that time, it was not called chocolate.Archeological findings suggest civilizations that flourished in Mesoamerica, during the Early Formation period, may have used the bittersweet beans from the cacao trees in their beverages. The findings suggest that people knew how to make chocolate from the cacao seeds way back in 1700. BC Evidence found in the vessels used by these civilizations proves that people often used chocolate in their drinks, possibly fermented.They may have been used as currency for trade, while the drink made from it was considered the ‘food of Gods’. Only the wealthy Mayans who had enough cacao seeds to spare enjoyed the drink.Chocolate found its way into Europe when Columbus brought cacao seeds back with him to Spain, and presented them as a treasure to King Ferdinand. Two centuries later, an Englishman called Joseph Fry made the first solid chocolate. About 25 years after that, Henri Nestle` made the first chocolate bar using condensed milk. And the rest, as they say, is history!

Fun Chocolate Facts For Kids

Here are some really interesting facts about chocolate for kids.

  1. The word chocolate is derived from the Mayan word ‘Chocol,’ meaning a hot drink. The bitter, hot drink was called ‘Xacoatl’ by the Aztecs.
    1. Chocolate was once considered more valuable than gold dust. Imagine that!
    2. The scientific name of the cocoa plant is Theobroma cacao, where Theobroma means ‘food of the Gods’.
      1. A real chocolate river was created using water, chocolate, and cream for the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It stunk after a few days!
      1. White chocolate is not chocolate because it contains no cocoa solids.
      1. Ruth Wakefield created the first chocolate chip cookie in 1930, by accident. She gave the recipe to Nestle` in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate. Now that’s an interesting chocolate story for kids!
      2. During the revolutionary war, a few soldiers were paid in chocolate!
        1. Montezuma, the Aztec emperor, consumed 50 goblets of chocolate every day.
        1. Do you know why chocolate melts in your mouth? Because it is the only food that melts at 93 degrees Fahrenheit, below the average human body temperature.
        1. The Aztecs and the Mayans used chocolate drink as a stress reliever, way before the term ‘stress’ was coined!
        1. A tiny chocolate chip can give you enough energy to walk 150 feet.
        1. The smell of chocolate is enough to relax you! Apparently, the scent of chocolate increases theta brain waves that aid in relaxation. No wonder people tend to eat chocolate when they have problems.
        1. The shape of the cacao pod looks similar to a football, and it grows straight out from the branches.
        1. Chocolate contains an enzyme called phenylethylamine, which releases the ‘pleasure’ hormones in the brain, a feeling akin to being ‘in love’.
        1. The world’s biggest chocolate bar weighed 12,770 lbs.
        1. Chocolate-dipped potato chips exist, for real!
        1. Chocolate can be fatal to dogs and cats.
        1. Belgium issued limited edition chocolate-flavored stamps in 2013.
        1. An average American consumes almost 4.5kg of chocolate every year.

Chocolate is perhaps the one food that your children will continue to love long after they grow up. So, don’t even think about stopping them from eating chocolate. And you shouldn’t either! The only thing that you should do is influence your child’s chocolate eating habits so that they enjoy chocolate in moderation, and not get addicted to it!

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