Here are some fun and intriguing facts about chocolate:
1. There is a correlation between the amount of chocolate a country consumes on average and the number of Nobel Laureates that country has produced.
2. The blood in the renowned shower scene in the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho was actually chocolate syrup.
3. At one point the Nazis plotted to assassinate Winston Churchill with an exploding bar of chocolate.
4. Theobromine, the compound in chocolate that makes it poisonous to dogs, can kill a human as well. You’d have to be a real glutton to go out this way though! An average 10-year-old child would have to eat 1,900 Hershey’s miniature milk chocolates to reach a fatal dose.
5. The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to the bitter, spicy drink the Aztecs made from cacao beans.
6. Chocolate has been consumed as a liquid, not a solid, for an estimated 90 percent of its history.
7. A wide range of substances have been ground up and mixed with chocolate, including, in the pre-Columbia era, possible dinosaur fossils.
8. The inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, Ruth Wakefield, sold her cookie recipe to Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
9. Milky Way candy bars are not named after the galaxy. The name came from the malted milkshakes whose flavor they originally intended to mimic.
10. A 2013 study found that the scent of chocolate in a bookstore made customers 40 percent more likely to buy cookbooks or romance novels, and 22 percent more likely to buy books of any genre.
For more fun facts about chocolate, see this Buzzfeed article entitled 41 Delicious Facts About Chocolate That You Probably Didn’t Knowby BuzzFeed staff writer James Grebey.