Back when we were children, many of us would have tasted our very first chocolate. For most, it was probably milk chocolate since it’s more popular than white chocolate and it’s sweeter than dark chocolate – perfect for a child’s taste buds. We’ve pretty much grown up with chocolate, it’s almost always present on special occasions and celebrations but how much do we really know about them?
The blood in the famous shower scene of ‘Psycho’ was actually chocolate syrup
This famed 1960 psychological thriller film used Hershey’s chocolate syrup (with some water) to portray blood in the iconic shower murder scene. You really can’t tell as the film was shot in a genius way, deliberately in black and white – partially for this reason.
White Chocolate is technically NOT a chocolate
Why would you call it white chocolate if it wasn’t chocolate in the first place? Talk about being confusing. It’s a whole debate. It’s not technically a chocolate because white chocolates don’t contain chocolate solids. It’s a mix of sugar, cocoa butter and milk solids. As such by definition, it doesn’t quite qualify as chocolate but who cares as long as it tastes good!
Milk chocolate was invented in Switzerland
Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate in Switzerland back in 1875. It took him years but I for one am glad he never gave up. He even went on to start the Nestle Company with Henri Nestle, bringing milk chocolate to more consumers around the world.
Why was the film named “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and not “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” like the title of the book?
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” is a children’s book by Roald Dahl first published in 1964. The 1971 film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” was based off of the book but it was named differently for a reason. The company that funded the film was Quaker Oats and they used the film to promote their Wonka Bar candies. Now that’s what I call great marketing!
Cacao Beans were once used as currency
Way back in the day, the Mayans and Aztecs actually used cacao beans as currency in trade. It was so highly valued (even more so than gold dust). They even had to restrict the cultivation of cacao beans otherwise it would be worth less.