Chocolate Trivia 

“When we don’t have the words, chocolate can speak volumes.” –Joan Bauer 
By Paula Green 

         There’s nothing quite like biting into a good piece of chocolate!   Women crave it more so than men. Chocolate is an aphrodisiac. It contains the chemical phenylethylamine, which is the same chemical that the brain produces when you’re in love. It also has a range of nutrients, which include minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron and B-vitamin riboflavin. Just as caffeine is known to energize people, chocolate is believed to make people happy. The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation. 

        The birth of chocolate and candy bars occurred in the mid-19th century, yet it wasn’t until the 20th century that chocolate bars came into existence. The largest chocolate bar ever manufactured was in Italy in 2000. It weighed 5,000 pounds. 

        Worldwide, consumers spend more than $20 billion per year on chocolate products. Research has found that most of the chocolates consumed come from Europe, due to the location of chocolate brands like Nestlé and Lindt which are located in Switzerland. One of the most famous chocolate companies in the world, Godiva, makes its home in Brussels, Belgium. Americans eat between 10-12 pounds of chocolate every year. 

         There are several types of chocolate – unsweetened, bittersweet, semi-sweet, organic, milk, dark and white.  White chocolate isn’t actually chocolate at all. It contains fat, vegetable oil or cocoa butter, sugar without any cocoa solids. Milk chocolate, which is the most popular chocolate, was invented in 1875 by Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle. Prior to that, it was made with bittersweet chocolate. Peter was a chocolate maker and Nestle made evaporated milk. They put the ingredients together to make milk chocolate as we know it today. Seventy-one percent of consumers favor milk chocolate over other variants.     

        Death by Chocolate is a term for various desserts that feature chocolate, especially dark chocolate or cocoa, as the primary ingredient. The phrase has been trademarked, and the dessert was a signature dish of Bennigan’s restaurants in the United States. Speaking of dark chocolate–it is healthier for you than other type as it contains fewer carbohydrates and is loaded with antioxidants. 

        Chocolates isn’t just for candy bars; it’s also popular in drinks such as chocolate milk and hot 

cocoa. It’s a popular ingredient in milkshakes, cappuccinos–even martinis and other alcoholic beverages.  Since we’ve sugar-coated you with chocolate decadence, we must now melt your mind with bittersweet questions. Get set to take a bite out of this tasty query, because it’s time to get a little trivial. 

 

  1. There are three National Chocolate days celebrated annually – July 7 and December 28 and the other is in October on what date? 
  1. In the TV show, I Love Lucy there is a famous scene from Season 2, titled Job Switching.  Where are Lucy and Ethel working in this comical skit?  
  1. What did they use for blood in the infamous shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho? 
  1. The movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is an adaptation of the 1964 novel? 
  1. In 1905, homemaker Ruth Wakefield invented this delicious cookie recipe. 
  1. “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get” is a line from what movie? 
  1. What holiday rakes in the highest number of chocolate sales? 
  1. This 1988 movie and book by the same title was a surreal portrait of a Catholic private school 

and its hierarchy. 

  1.  Name the U.S. city that is nicknamed The Sweetest Place on Earth. 
  1.  What do you call a soft candy made of a chocolate mixture, typically flavored with rum and  

 covered with cocoa?  

  1.  The 2000 movie Chocolat starred Juliette Binoche, and this actor. 
  1.  Sixty percent of the people eat this part of the chocolate bunny first. 
  1.  This waterfall item is popular at receptions and parties – you dip strawberries, marshmallows and 

 pound cake in it. 

  1.  Name the popular chocolate-hazelnut spread. 
  1.  What is the number one top-selling chocolate candy bar? 

 

 Answers:  1. 28th  2. chocolate factory  3. chocolate syrup  4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory  5. chocolate chip cookie (Toll House)  6. Forrest Gump  7.  Halloween  8. The Chocolate War  9. Hershey, Pennsylvania  10. Truffle  11. Johnny Depp  12. the ears  13. chocolate fountain  14. Nutella. 15. Snickers 

 

Sources: http://www.when-is.com/world-chocolate-day-2017.asp, www.2020site.org/fun-facts/Fun-Chocolate-facts.html, http://www.confectionerynews.com/Markets/Interactive-Map-Top-20-chocolate-consuming-nations, http://www.investopedia.com/articles/investing/093015/4-countries-produce-most-chocolate.asp, www.brownielocks.com/chocolate.htmlwww.funtrivia.comhttps://viderichocolatefactory.com/chocolate-making/chocolate-grinding 

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