5 Fun Facts About Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most beloved treats in the world, but how much do you really know about this delicious indulgence? In this blog post, we’re going to explore some fun and surprising facts about chocolate that you may not have heard before. So, grab a bar of your favorite chocolate, settle in, and let’s get started!

1. Chocolate was once used as currency

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Did you know that chocolate was once used as currency? The ancient Maya civilization used cocoa beans as a form of currency, and even paid taxes in cocoa beans! In fact, the word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl”, which means “bitter water”. The Aztecs believed that chocolate was a gift from their gods, and they used it in religious ceremonies.

2. White chocolate isn’t technically chocolate

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While white chocolate is often grouped with milk and dark chocolate, it’s actually not chocolate at all! White chocolate is made from cocoa butter, milk solids, and sugar, but it doesn’t contain any cocoa solids. So, while it may look and taste like chocolate, it’s technically not.

3. Chocolate can be good for you

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Yes, you read that right – chocolate can be good for you! Dark chocolate, in particular, contains flavonoids, which are antioxidants that can help to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure. Additionally, studies have shown that eating chocolate can increase endorphin and serotonin levels in the brain, leading to feelings of happiness and well-being.

4. Chocolate has its own holiday

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February 14th may be Valentine’s Day, but did you know that February 7th is National Chocolate Day? This delicious holiday is the perfect excuse to indulge in your favorite chocolate treats and celebrate this beloved confection.

5. Chocolate has a melting point just below the human body temperature

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Have you ever wondered why chocolate melts so easily in your mouth? That’s because chocolate has a melting point of around 34°C, which is just below the average human body temperature of 37°C. This means that when you eat chocolate, it melts quickly in your mouth, creating that deliciously smooth and creamy texture that we all love.

If you’re a chocolate lover and plan on traveling to the Margaret River region, be sure to stop by Yallingup Chocolate. Located in the heart of the region, Yallingup Chocolate offers a range of artisanal chocolates, made on site from locally sourced ingredients. From truffles to bars to chocolate-coated nuts and fruits, there’s something for everyone at Yallingup Chocolate. Plus, you can even watch the chocolatiers at work and see the chocolate-making process up close. Don’t miss out on this chocolate-lover’s paradise – be sure to visit Yallingup Chocolate on your next trip to the Margaret River region.

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Don’t forget to add a sweet stop to your family trip to the Margaret River region! While exploring the natural wonders and fun activities, make sure to visit Yallingup Chocolate and Cafe. Indulge in our handmade chocolates and delicious coffee, perfect for a sweet treat and a break from the adventure.