7 Facts about Chocolate ...

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Chocolate is, on the whole, an important part of our lives. We eat it in cakes, cookies and brownies; also mousses, puddings, tarts, soufflés, sauces and biscuits …the list goes on — endlessly. Chocolate is there when we celebrate and it’s a panacea to the pain of heartache, melancholy and plain old disappointment. It’s a part of contemporary female consciousness: we crave it and then berate ourselves for eating it; indulge and then expiate with a guilt-driven workout. Whether as a source of comfort or a cause for self-reproach, bars, slabs, truffles and steaming mugs of the hot, drinking variety are never far from our minds, and so, in homage to one of our favourite love-hate relationships, I’ve put together a list of 7 facts about chocolate.

1. In the Beginning …

Apparently, Christopher Columbus and his exploring band of sailors were the first Europeans to experience chocolate. They were such big fans of the stuff that cocoa beans were amongst the ‘treasures’ he and his men brought back to Spain to be officially presented to the King and Queen.

It’s ‘Divine’… Literally …
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