chocolate enthusiasts, chocoholics, and casual munchers - this is the thread for you!
i'm not a stickler for rules, so anything chocolate-related is fine.
some chocolatey facts:
Cacao beans were a staple food for the Maya, and were once used as currency by the Aztecs because they were so rare in their land.
Chocolate contains tryptophan which aids serotonin production. Chocolate has been considered a mood lifter (and aphrodisiac) since ancient times.
One chocolate chip gives the average adult enough energy to walk 150 feet!
Napoleon used to carry chocolate for his energy lapses, and the famous Hershey Bar came into being at the request of the American military.
Dark chocolate contains the highest antioxidant content of any food.
The first heart-shaped valentine's day candy box was created by Richard Cadbury (the founder of England’s Cadbury chocolate company) in 1868.
Aztec Emperor Montezuma "took no other beverage than the chocolatl", which he called "the divine drink". Chocolatl was "a potation of chocolate, flavored with vanilla and spices, and so prepared as to be reduced to a froth of the consistency of honey, which gradually dissolved in the mouth and was taken cold." Montezuma purportedly drank chocolatl in a golden goblet 50 times per day.
Chocolate syrup was used to simulate blood in the famous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film “Psycho”.
food for thought:
what are your favorites?
is there such a thing as a bad chocolate?
do you have any favored chocolate recipes?