Have a Chocolate-Filled Sunday!

Chocolate Crumb Stuffed Pretzel

September 23 is National Chocolate Day! I’m sure that none of us need an excuse to consume more chocolate in our lives, but if you are looking to justify having an extra chocolate crumb pretzels, we won’t tell anyone. 🙂

While you are snacking, here are some facts about chocolate from Gone-ta-pott.com:

  • Chocolate syrup was used to represent blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, “Psycho” a scene which took 7 days to shoot. ~
  • Once upon a time, money did grow on trees. Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations over 1400 years ago. When they had too much money to spend, they brewed the excess into hot chocolate drinks.
  • The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth. That’s 22 pounds each compared to 11 pounds per person in the United States.
  • Rumor has it that Napoleon carried chocolate with him on all his military campaigns for a quick energy snack.
  • The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl”, which means “bitter water”.
  • Seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year in the United States.
  • Chocolate is America’s favorite flavor. A recent survey revealed that 52 percent of U.S. adults said they like chocolate best. The second favorite flavor was a tie (at 12 percent each) between berry flavors and vanilla.
  • Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.
  • Seventy-one percent of American chocolate eaters prefer milk chocolate.
  • The Midwest and the Northeast consume more candy per region than the South, Southwest, West or Mid-Atlantic states.
  • The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature — which is why it literally melts in your mouth.
  • Older children are significantly more likely to prefer chocolate than younger children (59 percent of 9-11 year-olds prefer chocolate vs. 46 percent of 6-8 year-olds), according to a recent survey.
  • Denmark has the highest per capita consumption of candy in the world at 29.5 pounds.
  • Americans over 18 years of age consume 65 percent of the candy that’s produced each year.
  • According to a recent survey conducted by NCA/CMA, candy is the No. 1 choice among children for afternoon snacking.
  • Younger children are more likely than older children to prefer hard candies.
  • About 65 percent of American candy brands have been around for more than 50 years.
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