March 20, 2009, by CocoaZilla
32 Random Facts about Chocolate Candy
Maybe you already knew all these and maybe you didn’t, but if you did, that’s a lot of hours Googling various chocolate candy related phrases!
1. Charleston Chew was in fact named after the dance.
2. Deep fried chocolate bars contain about 850 calories per bar.
3. Before 1991 Twix Bars were internationally knows as “Raider”
4. In 15th century France, chocolate could only be eaten by members of the royal court.
5. The Peter Paul Candy Manufacturing Company no longer exists, but still appears on labels of Almond Joy and Mounds as part of the brand name.
6. Lindt Chocolates founder Rudolphe Lindt invented “conching” with a machine that stone grinds chocolate into a finer, more mellow chocolate.
7. The Swiss eat the most chocolate. Then the English.
8. Mayans in 250-900 AD harvested, fermented and roasted cacao beans, ground them into a paste and mixed with water, chilis and cornmeal for a chocolate drink.
9. Chocolate is toxic to dogs because of their inability to process theobromine. Horses too.
10. The Kit Kat was not made originally by Nestle, but Rowntree Limited until 1988 when they were bought out by Nestle.
11. The rabbits used in Cadbury Crème Egg commercials are Flemish Giants.
12. Cacao beans were used as currency by the Aztecs.
13. Saddam Hussein liked Bounty Bars.
14. The first modern chocolate bar was produced in 1847 by Joseph Fry & Sons.
15. During World War I, Queen Anne sent chocolates to soldiers.
16. 3 Musketeers Bars were originally made in 3 separate sections of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.
17. Yorkie Candy Bars are not for girls.
18. Chocolate was used to cure stomach aches in the 18th century.
19. On the Conan O’Brien Show in 2007, BJ Novak pointed out that the Cadbury Crème Egg actually shrank in size.
20. The origin of the name for the Oh Henry! Bar is still undetermined.
21. The Martinsville Speedway used to be able to sell only 5th Avenue bars, as it was the favorite candy bar of owner H. Clary Earles.
22. Pope Clement XIV was killed with a cup of poisoned chocolate in 1774.
23. The world’s most expensive chocolates are Chocopolgie French Black Truffles by Knipschildt at $2,600 per pound.
24. Until 1900, Ghiradelli Chocolate used to sell liquor, mustard, coffee and spices.
25. Milton Snavely Hershey, inventor of the Hershey Bar and Hershey Kisses was a Mennonite looking for an alternative to alcohol.
26. The world’s oldest chocolates are 106 years old. A tin of chocolates from the coronation of King Edward VII from 1902.
27. Swedish prime minister candidate Mona Sahlin was forced to withdraw due to the “Toblerone affair” where she bought 2 Toblerone bars (and other stuff) with her Riksdag credit card.
28. Ethel M Chocolates is actually a branch of Mars, Inc. named for Forrest Mars’ mother.
29. For Valentine’s Day in Japan, women give chocolate to men.
30. Milk Duds got their name from the fact that they were supposed to be perfectly round, but was found to be impossible.
31. Heath and Skor are both owned by Hershey- due to Hershey (Heath) buying the Leaf Candy Company which produced Skor. Skor means “shoes” in Swedish.
32. German Chocolate Cake is not actually from Germany. It’s named after it’s inventor: Sam German.
If you don’t have time to research facts about chocolate and you liked reading this, just get a good book on it! Try Beth Kimmerle’s Chocolate: The Sweet History.