20 Oct Fact Friday – Chocolate
You know what? Friday the 13th can take a back seat, Friday the 13th was FANTASTIC. But today? Friday the 20th? Well from now on I will stay home and switch off all appliances etc and hide from the world on any Friday the 20th. WHAT A DAY. And a really long story that involves having to sort out a warrant for a fine I didn’t know about before I could replace my license so that we’re good to go for camping on Sunday. Balls.
Of course the first thing I want now is to sit down, watch a mystery movie and munch on a nice big slab of chocolate. Unfortunately though (or fortunately?) finding sugar free vegan chocolate isn’t easy so mostly I have to make it myself and I just don’t have that energy. Instead I will eat a cinnamon sprinkled apple and find some fun and weird tidbits that you probably don’t need to know about chocolate that I can amaze Fysh with on Sunday so I sound like the smartest mom ever haha :)
Five Fabulous Facts :
- The Aztecs and Mayans used cacao beans as currency, they believed chocolate was the food of the gods (I agree). Aztec and Mayan kings drank cups of warm chocolate on a regular basis, and the magical cacao bean, so valued in pre-Columbian America that the people would swap cacao beans for goods and services. Please can we go back to the barter system?!
- Pure cocoa can actually help prevent tooth decay! Certain naturally occurring chemicals in cocoa beans fight harmful bacteria in the mouth. Chocolate’s ability to deal with the microscopic crawlies living on the surface of your teeth is so effective that it might be added to toothpastes and mouthwashes one day – obviously minus the sugar though.
- Chocolate contains a chemical called phenylethylamine which releases certain “pleasure” endorphins in the brain, which make people feel good all over – similar to that whole love drunk thing. Chocolate might not be a perfect love substitute, but damnit it’s a pretty good alternate :P
- German chocolate isn’t actually German at all, in fact it has jack bananas to do with the country itself. In the mid-19th century, a man named Sam German came up with a recipe for dark baking chocolate bars that could be used when making cake. Sam, who worked for the Baker Chocolate Company, did such a good job, that he got a cake named after him.
- The famous chocolate river Augustus Gloop almost drowned in in the original Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factoryfilm was made 15,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. A CHOCOLATE RIVER EXISTS! well existed…
And a bonus fact cause I thought it was pretty cool not to include:
- In 1930 Ruth Wakefield realised she was out of baker’s chocolate and mixed broken piece of Nestle chocolate into her cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to be absorbed and create chocolate cookies. Instead, she accidentally created chocolate chip cookies, and later sold the idea to Nestle in return for a lifetime supply of chcolate.