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OK, so fess up. How much chocolate are you honestly going to consume this Easter weekend? If you’re anything like us, it’ll be roughly your own body weight, right? Over the years, we have all become pretty familiar with chocolate but how much do we really know about our favourite Easter treat? We’ve rounded up the 10 most weird and wonderful facts that you probably did not know about your good friend chocolate (according to a very reliable source – AKA Mr Google). These 10 facts are 100 per cent cacao based and are bound to shock, fascinate and intrigue all the sweet tooths out there. Happy Easter everyone!

 

Chocolate Fact #1:

Did you know, the smell of chocolate has been said to increase theta brain waves and trigger relaxation.

 

Chocolate Fact #2:

Did you know, the world’s largest chocolate bar weighs over 5500kg.

 

Chocolate Fact #3:

Did you know, the word “chocolate” originates from the Aztec word “xocoatl”, which referred to the bitter drink that the Aztecs made from cacao beans.

 

Chocolate Fact #4:

Did you know, chocolate actually gives you a more intense high and elevates your heart rate more than kissing does.

 

Chocolate Fact #5:

Did you know, a 2004 study in London showed that approximately 70 per cent of the population would reveal their passwords in exchange for a chocolate bar.

 

Chocolate Fact #6:

Did you know, chocolate has an antibacterial effect on the mouth and can even help to protect against tooth decay.

 

Chocolate Fact #7:

Did you know, the first ever chocolate bar was invented by a man called Joseph Fry in 1847.

 

Chocolate Fact #8:

 

Did you know, M&Ms were originally invented in 1941 for soldiers, as they did not melt as quickly.

 

Chocolate Fact #9:

Did you know, chocolate can be more effective than codeine when it comes to treating a chesty cough.

 

Chocolate Fact #10:

And, drumroll please… Did you know, the average chocolate bar contains eight insect body parts, which is the leading reason why humans can be allergic to chocolate.

 

Words // Laura Markwort

 

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