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10 sweet facts about chocolate:but the tropical beauties only make viable cacao beans for just 25 years of their lifespan.......



1. 7月7日是世界巧克力日

July 7 is World Chocolate Day, a nod to when chocolate was said to have been first brought to Europe on July 7, 1550.



2. 白巧克力不是巧克力

Because it doesn't contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, white chocolate isn't chocolate in the strict sense. But it does contain parts of the cacao bean—mainly cocoa butter.



3. 可可豆曾被当作货币使用

The Aztecs loved and valued the cacao bean so highly that they used it as currency during the height of their civilization.



4. 英国糖果商发明了固态巧克力

The J.S. Fry & Sons shop concocted what they called “eating chocolate” in 1847 by combining cocoa butter, sugar, and chocolate liquor. This was a grainy, solid form of the treat.

1847年英国巧克力制造商J.S. Fry & Sons用可可脂、糖和可可浆调制出了“可以吃的巧克力”。这是一种颗粒状的固态甜食。


5. 吉百利公司发明了心形巧克力盒

If you ever needed to pick up a last-minute Valentine's Day gift from a gas station, now you know whom to thank.



6. 传说拿破仑很爱吃巧克力

The popular story is that Napoleon was known to carry chocolate with him on military campaigns for an energy boost.



7. 牛奶巧克力是在瑞士发明的

Daniel Peter created the tasty treat in 1875—after eight years of trying to make his recipe work. Condensed milk ended up being the key ingredient.



8. 大多数可可豆产自非洲

Despite its Amazonian roots, most cacao—nearly 70 percent of the world’s supply—comes from Africa. Côte d'Ivoire is the largest single producer, providing about 30 percent of all the world’s cacao.



9. 可可树寿命可达100年

That may sound impressive, but the tropical beauties only make viable cacao beans for just 25 years of their lifespan.



10. 巧克力的熔点比较特殊

According to the Library of Congress, chocolate has a melting point between 86°F and 90°F, which is just below the human body temperature. That’s why your favorite candy bar will melt in your hands if you don't eat it fast enough.