Welcome chocolate-lovers! Chances are that if you love Moo Free’s delicious vegan chocolate then you’re a fan of all things chocolatey. Naturally, so are we - and we also think that chocolate is a really interesting topic. It has a long and fascinating history, has all kinds of myth and folklore associated with it and purportedly even has health benefits. Yay!
With all that in mind, we’ve gathered ten interesting facts about our fave sweet treat for you.
Choccy Fact 1: You may have heard about the possible health benefits of choccy. The European Heart Journal published a study in 2010, in which researchers followed more than 19,000 adults between 35 and 65 for at least 10 years. They found that those who ate chocolate had lower blood pressure and a 39 percent lower risk of having a heart attack or stroke, compared with those who ate the least amount of chocolate. 1 Great news! So That bar of chocolate may do your heart good!
Choccy Fact 2: As far back as the late 1700s, those who lived in Madrid, Spain, enjoyed nearly 5.5 million kilos of chocolate every year. Today, Switzerland leads the world in chocolate consumption - the Swiss consume 9 kilos of chocolate per person per year
Choccy Fact 3: The use of chocolate can be found as far back as 450 BC, when the Aztecs made chocolate drinks. The word chocolate is derived from the Aztec word ‘xocolatl’, meaning bitter water. We’re not sure how to pronounce this and there aren’t many Aztecs around to ask!
Choccy Fact 4: Cacao trees take about five years to mature enough to produce coco pods, reaching peak pod production at about age 10.
Choccy Fact 5: In the year 2,000 the town of Turin, Italy created the biggest bar of chocolate ever made. It weighed 5,000 pounds. We can’t help but wonder what happened to this giant bar.
Choccy Fact 6: Chocolate is a valuable energy source. One chip of chocolate can provide enough energy for an adult human to walk 150 feet. Ah, so that’s why so many Moo Fans put our choc in their breakfast.
Choccy Fact 7: Moo Free uses rice milk powder instead of milk for its famous vegan chocolate.
Choccy Fact 8: Chocolate - even a little bit – can be fatal to dogs and horses. It contains theobromine, a mild stimulant that affects the central nervous system and causes an increase in blood pressure. Animals can't metabolise it as quickly as humans, so it causes their hearts to race.
Choccy Fact 9: Pope Clement XIV is alleged to have been killed with a cup of poisoned chocolate in 1774. Death by chocolate!
Choccy Fact 10: Milton Hershey, the founder of Hershey’s Chocolate, was supposed to go on the Titanic but cancelled last minute due to business issues.