20 Awesome Facts About Chocolate That You Need To Know For Valentine's Day
With Valentine's Day just hours away, it's safe to say tomorrow's forecast is going to be chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate!
Face it, there's nothing more traditional and necessary than gifting and receiving chocolate. Even if the person you're gifting chocolate to hates you, they'll still be satisfied with the gift and gesture.
The fact of the matter is, chocolate is the best thing on earth next to pizza. What's there not to love about it? When you're upset, what do you do? Grab chocolate.
When you're hungry, what do you do? Grab a Snickers. Why? It's satisfying, it's revitalizing, it's delicious — it's chocolate. Below are 20 awesome facts you need to know about it.
Hershey produces more than 80 million chocolate "kisses" every day.
Chocolate manufacturers in the United States use approximately 3.5 million pounds of whole milk daily to make milk chocolate.
More than 50 percent of adults in the US prefer chocolate to any other flavor.
Believe it or not, Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy annually. About half of it is chocolate.
Apparently chocolate melting in one's mouth can cause a more intense and longer-lasting pleasure than kissing.
About 40 percent of almonds produced in the world are made for chocolate products. Without chocolate, the almond is nothing!
A single chocolate chip can give you enough energy to walk 150 feet.
People who suffer from depression are said to eat about 55 percent more chocolate than their non-depressed peers.
The word chocolate comes from “Xocolatl," the Aztec word that means “bitter water."
Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars.
Chocolate's scent increases theta brain waves, which induce relaxation. This is mainly why people feel better about their problems after eating loads of it.
Do you eat dark chocolate every day? If so, you're effectively reducing the risk of heart disease by one third.
Don't want to burst your bubble, but white chocolate technically isn't chocolate. It contains no cocoa solids or cocoa liquor.
The guy who invented the chocolate chip cookie sold the idea to Nestle Toll House. Not for money, but for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
The world's biggest chocolate bar weighs 12,770 pounds.
Every second Americans collectively eat about 100 pounds of chocolate. There goes another 100... and another!