World Chocolate Day: 10 fun facts about chocolate to devour

By Brian Hernandez, Spectrum News / Austin
Last Updated: Friday, July 07, 2017, 6:26 PM EDT

It's World Chocolate Day, not to be confused with International Chocolate Day on Sept. 13, National Chocolate Day on Oct. 28, or National Chocolate Lovers' Month, which is in February.

Either way, it's just another delectable reason to celebrate all things chocolate again this year — and satisfy your sweet tooth in the process.

But in order to truly appreciate this treat from the gods, it's important to know a little more about it and where it comes from.

Here are 10 fun facts about chocolate to devour:

  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. Most cocoa — 70 percent — hails from West Africa.
  4. Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 cups of cacao a day from a golden chalice.
  5. U.S. chocolate manufacturers use about 3.5 million pounds of whole milk every day to make milk chocolate.
  6. The average American eats about 10-12 pounds of chocolate per year — but women are twice as likely as men to experience chocolate hunger.
  7. Armenia holds the title for the world's biggest chocolate bar, which weighed more than 9,000 pounds — the size of an African elephant.
  8. Since World War II, chocolate bars have been an official part of U.S. Army rations as a source of energy and a taste pleaser.
  9. The first U.S. recipe for chocolate brownies came out in 1906 and included Baker's Chocolate — it appeared in "The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book."
  10. German chocolate cake was named for Sam German, who developed a sweet bar for Baker's Chocolate — and was not from Germany.

SOURCES: National Confectioners Association and Kraft