Happy National Chocolate Week!


Did you know it’s National Chocolate Week? From 13th until 19th October 2014, National Chocolate Week is a time to quench your cocoa cravings, not to mention honour the amazing chocolatiers and producers who create the tasty, melty sweet stuff we love and crave every so often. Celebrating the humble chocolate in all its forms – from truffles, fountains and cakes to bars, boxes and drinks – National Chocolate Week is the perfect excuse to indulge in seven solid days of choccie nomming. When you’re next scoffing a Snickers or gobbling down a Galaxy, remember the below facts...

1. The UK has the seventh highest consumption of chocolate in the world

2. In the UK, the average person eats 11kg of chocolate a year.  This equates to about three bars a week!

3. White chocolate technically isn’t chocolate. It contains no cocoa solids or cocoa liquor

4. Cocoa butter is a useful ingredient in moisturisers and face creams because it melts at skin temperature

5. Around 4,000 years ago in the Americas, ancient tribes like the Aztecs and Mayans worshipped cacao (or cocoa) beans, eating them before going into battle because they were thought to give strength

6. Chocolate is literally ‘chemical love’. It contains a chemical called 'phenylethylamine' which is released naturally in the body when you fall in love and is also considered to be an aphrodisiac

7. When the Aztecs discovered its aphrodisiac properties, they banned women from eating foods made from cocoa!

8. Africa now produces over 65% of the world's supply of chocolate

9. Joseph Fry of Bristol, England, made the first eating chocolate in 1848

10. Apparently chocolate melting in one’s mouth can cause a more intense and longer-lasting pleasure than kissing

11. A cup of cocoa (using pure cocoa powder) has double the amount of antioxidants as green tea

12. Chocolate is a natural painkiller, thanks to its magic ingredient ‘dopamine’