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Interesting Facts About Chocolate

  • It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
  • The average serving of milk chocolate has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaf coffee.
  • The average size of a cocoa farm in West Africa is 7 to 10 acres.
  • Because cacao trees are so delicate, farmers lose, on average, 30 percent of their crop each year.
  • There are an estimated 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa.
  • Studies have demonstrated that one of the major saturated fats in chocolate does not raise cholesterol.
  • like other hard fats–meaning chocolate can be enjoyed in moderation.
  • Chocolate comes from a fruit tree; it’s made from a seed.
  • Benjamin Franklin sold chocolate in his print shop in Philadelphia.
  • An Indonesian cocoa farming community built a giant statue of hands holding a cocoa pod.
  • It takes two to four days to make a single-serving chocolate bar.
  • German chocolate cake was named for Sam German, who developed a sweet bar for Baker’s Chocolate–and was not from Germany.

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