15 Chocolate Facts for World Chocolate Day

Laura Greene

Posted on July 06 2018

Did you know that Saturday July 7 is World Chocolate Day? A whole day dedicated to our favorite treat and one that we are only too happy to celebrate!

In honor of World Chocolate Day, we have put together some interesting facts about “the food of the gods.”

1. Everyone loves chocolate, right? Well, according to the World Cocoa Foundation the answer is a resounding YES, as more than 3 million tons of cacao beans are consumed around the world each year

2. Aztec Emperor Montezuma II, is said to have drank over 50 cups of chocolate per day

3. The very first “solid, edible chocolate bar” was created in 1847 by Joseph Fry of J.S. Fry & Sons. It was made from cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar

4. Made by Thorntons PLC in the United Kingdom, the largest chocolate bar ever weighed in at over 12,770 pounds

5. Ixcacao was the name of the Mayan goddess of the cacao tree

6. Brussels airport in Belgium is the biggest chocolate seller in the world, where vendors sell more than 800 tons every year

7. Technically, white chocolate is not really chocolate, as it doesn’t contain any cocoa solids. However, it does contain cocoa butter

8. A single chocolate chip can provide enough energy for an adult human to walk 150 feet

9. According to Smithsonianmag.com, M&Ms are the most common form of chocolate taken into space, where they serve “not only as foods for the astronauts, but also as entertainment”

10. As seen in Hawaii Magazine, did you know that Hawai‘i is the only U.S. state that grows cacao beans to produce chocolate? Lucky us!

And finally… some facts about our very own Maui Ku‘ia Estate Chocolate:

1. Our cacao farm started operations in 2013 on 50 acres of land leased from Kamehameha Schools

2. Initially, irrigation systems were installed—using irrigation water that had been neglected until we started farming—and a forest of trees was planted to provide shade and a windbreak for the Kuʻia Cacao

3. In December 2013, eight grafted varietals of cacao and two novel hybrid families were planted in our clonal garden to determine which ones would fare best in Maui. Since then, we’ve planted many more grafted varietals and several new hybrid families and naturally occurring populations

4. The first harvest of Maui Ku‘ia Estate cacao took place in Spring 2018, with 1000 kg of harvested cacao expected as the year’s total haul

5. Chocolate made from Maui cacao will be available to those who join as Kuʻia Club members as early as 2019

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