WOW! Cookies! has gotten a lot of great feedback over the years about our wonderful cookies and chocolate brownies. We love hearing from you and we love that you love to give and receive our decadent goodies!
Since chocolate is an ingredient WOW! Cookies! uses in many of its decadent goodies, we thought it would be fun to share some interesting facts and trivia with you.
Did You Know:
- 70-80% of chocolate purchases are gifts.
- Americans consume 50% of the world’s chocolate.
- Chocolate is derived from a fruit.
- Chocolate can decrease blood pressure.
- The average age of people who consume chocolate is just under 40.
- Gourmet brands attract a more affluent consumer: average household income of $60K compared to incomes of $25K-$45K for the mass market.
- The average gourmet chocolate consumer is a college graduate; professional female; has a household income of over $100K.
- American women buy 75% of chocolate each year.
- Eating dark chocolate does NOT cause: acne, migraines, or cavities.
- The endorphins released by chocolate are part of what make it taste so good, except in people who take endorphin-blocking drugs. They, understandably, don’t think chocolate is all that great.
- Chocolate cake should be baked at a little lower temperature than any other kind of cake because chocolate burns easily.
- Unsweetened baking chocolate comes closest to the pure cocoa bean because it doesn’t have any milk solids in it.
- In early Mexican history, the native Indians used cocoa beans as currency.
- Xocoatl: a bitter/spicy concoction claimed to have aphrodisiac and revitalizing virtues, it was a cold and foamy mixture of cocoa paste and water, to which pepper, vanilla, chili pepper, cinnamon, musk and corn flour were added.
- The first chocolate shop opened in London in 1657. Prior to that, only nobility could drink chocolate.
- Africa produces more chocolate than any other continent.
- The country that consumes the most chocolate, per person, per year is Switzerland.
- In the Alfred Hitchcock film “Psycho,” chocolate syrup was used to mimic blood in the infamous shower scene.
- A 1.4 oz piece of milk chocolate and a cup of decaf coffee both contain about 6mg of caffeine.
- A recipe for brownies first showed up in a cookbook in 1905 from Fanny Merritt Farmer who had adapted her chocolate cookie recipe to make a bar cookie baked in a rectangular pan.
“Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.” -Baron Justus von Liebig (1803-1873), German Chemist
Sources: thenibble.com | brownielocks.com | http://people.southwestern.edu/~burksr/test/choco/
Bradley Sanchez Houseton is a guest blogger making regular
contributions to the WOW! Cookies! blog space.
You can find more from Bradley at The Houseton Group.