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10 sweet facts about chocolate:but the tropical beauties only make viable cacao beans for just 25 years of their lifespan.......



1. 7月7日是世界巧克力日

July 7 is World Chocolate Day, a nod to when chocolate was said to have been first brought to Europe on July 7, 1550.



2. 白巧克力不是巧克力

Because it doesn't contain cocoa solids or chocolate liquor, white chocolate isn't chocolate in the strict sense. But it does contain parts of the cacao bean—mainly cocoa butter.



3. 可可豆曾被當作貨幣使用

The Aztecs loved and valued the cacao bean so highly that they used it as currency during the height of their civilization.



4. 英國糖果商發(fā)明了固態(tài)巧克力

The J.S. Fry & Sons shop concocted what they called “eating chocolate” in 1847 by combining cocoa butter, sugar, and chocolate liquor. This was a grainy, solid form of the treat.

1847年英國巧克力制造商J.S. Fry & Sons用可可脂、糖和可可漿調制出了“可以吃的巧克力”。這是一種顆粒狀的固態(tài)甜食。


5. 吉百利公司發(fā)明了心形巧克力盒

If you ever needed to pick up a last-minute Valentine's Day gift from a gas station, now you know whom to thank.



6. 傳說(shuō)拿破侖很愛(ài)吃巧克力

The popular story is that Napoleon was known to carry chocolate with him on military campaigns for an energy boost.



7. 牛奶巧克力是在瑞士發(fā)明的

Daniel Peter created the tasty treat in 1875—after eight years of trying to make his recipe work. Condensed milk ended up being the key ingredient.



8. 大多數可可豆產(chǎn)自非洲

Despite its Amazonian roots, most cacao—nearly 70 percent of the world’s supply—comes from Africa. C?te d'Ivoire is the largest single producer, providing about 30 percent of all the world’s cacao.



9. 可可樹(shù)壽命可達100年

That may sound impressive, but the tropical beauties only make viable cacao beans for just 25 years of their lifespan.



10. 巧克力的熔點(diǎn)比較特殊

According to the Library of Congress, chocolate has a melting point between 86°F and 90°F, which is just below the human body temperature. That’s why your favorite candy bar will melt in your hands if you don't eat it fast enough.

美國國會(huì )圖書(shū)館的資料顯示,巧克力的熔點(diǎn)在86到90華氏度(30到32攝氏度)之間,比人的體溫還要低一點(diǎn)。這就是為什么如果你吃得不夠快,你最?lèi)?ài)的巧克力棒就會(huì )在你的手中熔化。