Fun facts about chocolate:

  1. 98% of all the world’s cocoa is produced by just 15 countries.
  2. More than 70% of the world’s cacao is grown in Africa, with Cote d'lvoire being the single-largest producer. The erstwhile Ivory Coast provides roughly 40% of the world’s cacao supply.
  3. first machine-made chocolate was produced in Barcelona, Spain, in 1780.
  4. The first chocolate bar was made by Fry and Sons, a company in Bristol, England in 1847.
  5. The first box of Valentine’s Day chocolate was produced in 1861. Richard Cadbury came up with the idea of the first heart-shaped box of chocolates.
  6. The first Cadbury Easter Egg was made in 1875, and filled with sugar-coated chocolate drops called 'dragees'.
  7. The world’s largest chocolate bar was made by Thorntons, a British company, situated in Derbyshire, in October 2011. Inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the massive bar weighed 5,827kg (12,846lb), and measured 4mtrs wide and long. It took more than 50 staff members more than ten hours to fill the mould with melted chocolate.
  8. Alfred Hitchcock used chocolate syrup to depict blood in the classic shower scene in Psycho.
  9. It takes 400 cacao beans to produce one pound of chocolate.
  10. Chocolate manufacturers use approximately 20% of all peanuts and 40% of all almonds grown in the world.