- 17,000 people in Belgium – that’s 1 in every 200 workers – are involved in the making, selling and promotion of chocolate.
- One chocolate chip provides enough food energy for an adult to walk 150 feet. Therefore, it takes about 35 chocolate chips to walk a mile or 875,000 to get you around the world.
- It takes the whole of one year’s crop from one tree to make half a kilo of cocoa.
- USA army rations include 3 x 40g chocolate bars.
- Terrys of York will produce more than 350 million segments of chocolate orange a year.
- 66,000 Crème Eggs are made every hour.
- During the Aztec reign, a slave could be bought for 100 cocoa beans.
- 1 in 7 15-24 year olds claim life without chocolate is not worth living.
- Joseph Fry of Bristol, England, made the first eating chocolate in 1848.
- 28,000 Terrys Chocolate Oranges are made from 5 tonnes of chocolate.
- The biggest chocolate sculpture ever made was a 4,484 lb, 10 foot high Easter egg, constructed in Melbourne, Australia.(These interesting facts are courtesy of The Chocolate Emporium.)
There is money in chocolate in other areas too ~ many gift shops and poster companies make a mint chocolate out of chocolate sayings and funny little phrases to stick on your fridge or wall…..here are few I found on-line!Okay, that is enough of that for now! I have to own up now, I am a bit worried about doing it so late in this post after luring all of you chocolate lovers into a false sense of security, mainly in to thinking that I am an addict ~ I’m not! I DO like the odd bar of chocolate now and then, and home~made chocolate cake is a favourite tea~time treat of mine, but I can sometimes, and brace yourselves for this, take it or leave it! Shock, horror I know…….however, and there is always an however, I DO love a flake bar, bag of maltesers, galaxy bar or a handful of chocolate eggs when I am in the mood, and I LOVE good dark chocolate, the darker the better such as 85% cocoa solids……..and, I LOVE home~made chocolate truffles too.These truffles are particularly nice as they have a drop of fresh cream in them as well as a slug of the hard stuff ~ you pick, it can be brandy, rum or Baileys……Dawn French has it sussed though, only she could come out with a quote like this…….I LOVE it!!
Dawn French…..“I never do any television without chocolate. That’s my motto and I live by it. Quite often I write the scripts and I make sure there are chocolate scenes. Actually I’m a bit of a chocolate tart and will eat anything. It’s amazing I’m so slim.”
Anyway, time to share the recipe with you, and a BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the We Should Cocoa challenge, what a fun group to be part of and I hope you like my birthday offering for you! See you tomorrow, when I may be in a more sedate mood……you never know! Karen