I will bet you didn’t know this about chocolate!

10 fun facts about the world’s favorite treat.

  1. Chocolate comes from a fruit tree; it’s made from a seed.
  2. It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
  3. Each cacao tree produces approximately 2,500 beans.
  4. Cacao beans were so valuable to early Mesoamericans that they were used as currency.
  5. “Cacao” is how you say “cocoa” in Spanish.
  6. A farmer must wait four to five years for a cacao tree to produce its first beans.
  7. Spanish royalty gave cakes of cacao in their dowries.
  8. Theobroma Cacaois the tree that produces cocoa beans, and it means “food of the gods.” Carolus Linnaeus, the father of plant taxonomy, named it.
  9. Chocolate has over 600 flavor compounds while red wine has just 200.
  10. Chocolate milk is an effective post work-out recovery drink