Gaga over cocoa!

World Chocolate Day was a few days ago, but for people who love and live for chocolate, everyday is chocolate day! This month, we thought our series of blog posts should feature the dark tempter. While this time around, we thrown in some chocolate trivia for fun, you could look forward to more interesting posts in the days ahead.
Here are some fun facts for you:
• You obviously know that chocolate has a reputation as an aphrodisiac. But did you know that Aztec ruler Montezuma supposedly drank a chocolaty concoction before visiting the women in his harem?

• Apparently, in earlier times, nuns were forbidden to eat chocolate because it was thought to be so romantically potent. And French doctors supposedly used it to treat broken hearts. We can’t say that doesn’t work, a little at least, today too. Right?

• Ever wondered why white chocolate is white? White chocolate has cocoa butter but it doesn’t have cocoa solids – the ingredient that gives chocolate its dark, rich colour.

• Like nuts in your chocolate bar? Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.

• Looking for the perfect pre-workout super food? One plain milk chocolate candy bar has more protein than a banana.

• So you pride yourself in the fact that you’ve only had one bar of chocolate today? Statistics state that the average person will consume 10,000 chocolate bars in a lifetime!

• Ever thought about why chocolate melts in your mouth? The melting point of cocoa butter is just below the human body temperature.

• Remember being told by your parents when you were a child that eating too much chocolate could damage your teeth? Guess what? A piece of chocolate actually does less damage to your teeth than dried fruit because you eat it and it dissolves. Dried fruit and hard candy leave sugars that stick to your teeth!

• Researchers have found no link between acne and chocolate. In fact, German researchers suggest that flavonoids in chocolate absorb UV light, which help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, ultimately improving its appearance.

• Champagne and sparkling wine are too acidic to go well with dark chocolate. Red wine typically compliments it the best.

Have we got you drooling already? Stop by at Lavonne and pick up your artisan chocolate fix for the day!

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