5 interesting facts about chocolate
MARIE ANTOINETTE LOVED HOT CHOCOLATE (THE MODERN KIND).
Marie didn’t just love cake, she also loved chocolate, and hot chocolate was frequently served at the Palace of Versailles. It wasn’t just the taste everyone loved—it was also believed that the drink was an aphrodisiac.
NAPOLEON LOVED CHOCOLATE.
The French leader demanded that wine and chocolate be made available to him and his senior advisers even during intense military campaigns.
CACAO TREES CAN LIVE TO BE 200 YEARS OLD.
That may sound impressive, but the tropical beauties only make viable cacao beans for just 25 years of their lifespan.
THERE ARE TWO KINDS OF CACAO.
Most modern chocolate comes from forastero beans, which are considered easy to grow—though the crillo bean is believed to make much tastier chocolate.
CHOCOLATE HAS A SPECIAL MELTING POINT.
Chocolate is the only edible substance to melt around 93° F, just below the human body temperature. That’s why chocolate melts so easily on your tongue.