In Love With Cocoa! Quiz

By: Sarah Crozer
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About This Quiz

Are you a huge fan of chocolate? This popular treat has quite the history and science behind it! How much do you know about the beloved cacao? Test your Knowledge with this trivia quiz!

The smell of chocolate increases _______.

It increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation!

Approximately how much cacao makes one pound of chocolate?

Who were M&M’s invented for? Soldiers. M&Ms were created in 1941 as a means for soldiers to enjoy chocolate without it melting. In fact, chocolate was consumed as a liquid, not a solid, for 90% of its history!

Every second, Americans collectively eat how many pounds of chocolate?

The inventor of the Chocolate Chip Cookie sold the idea to Nestle Toll House in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate!

Chocolate can reduce the risk of what?

According to researchers, eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one third!!

Who can not eat chocolate?

Chocolate can sicken and even kill your pooch!

Chocolate can protect your ______.

Chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth and can protect your teeth against decay!

This country is well known for chocolate!

In 2013 Belgium issued a limited edition of chocolate flavored stamps!

Which contains no chocolate?

White chocolate contains no cacao solids or chocolate liquor!

What was the first chocolate treat?

Hot chocolate was the first chocolate treat! Cacao was brewed in both Mexican and Aztec culture, though the result was nothing like today’s hot chocolate—it was a typically bitter concoction that was often used for ceremonial occasions like weddings.

This person was known to love chocolate!

Marie didn’t just love cake, she also loved chocolate, and hot chocolate was frequently served at the Palace of Versailles. It wasn’t just the taste everyone loved—it was also believed that the drink was an aphrodisiac.

Cacao wasn’t only used for eating, it was also used as _____.

The Aztecs loved and valued the cacao bean so highly that they used it as currency during the height of their civilization. The Aztec emperor Montezuma II drank more than 50 cups of chocolate every day.

What is the difference between cocoa and cacao?

The words are interchangeable! It’s all one bean!

What was solid chocolate first called?

The Fry and Sons shop concocted what they called “eating chocolate” in 1847 by combining cocoa butter, sugar, and chocolate liquor. This was a grainy, solid form of the treat.

Who made the first chocolate bar?

In 1842, the Cadbury company made the very first chocolate bar. The company is still in existence, and is perhaps most famous for their delightful Easter-themed treats!

Where does cacao largely come from?

Despite its Amazonian roots, most cacao—nearly 70 percent of the world’s supply—comes from Africa. The Ivory Coast is the largest single producer, providing about 30 percent of all the world’s cacao.

Cacao trees live for how many years?

That may sound impressive, but the tropical beauties only make viable cacao beans for just 25 years of their lifespan!

How many types of cacao are there?

Only two! Most modern chocolate comes from forastero beans, which are considered easy to grow—though the crillo bean is believed to make much tastier chocolate!

How many people depend on chocolate to make a living?

Roughly 40 to 50 million. Chocolate has evolved into such a massive industry that between 40 and 50 million people depend on cacao for their livelihood. Over 3.8 million tons of cacao beans are produced per year!

Chocolate was one of the earliest American _______.

One of the earliest American exports when, in the early sixteenth century, both Columbus and Cortez brought cacao beans back to Spain!

Cacao improves the appearance of ______.

Real chocolate is not bad for your skin. German researchers suggest that flavonoids in chocolate absorb UV light, which help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, ultimately improving its appearance!

Where was the first cacao to be harvested?

The first people to harvest chocolate were the Mokaya who lived in southeast Mexico around 1000 B.C. The word “chocolate” is derived from the Mayan word xocolatl, or “bitter water.”

Another additional benefit of cacao is that it can boost your ____.

Research suggests that dark chocolate boosts memory, attention span, reaction time, and problem-solving skills by increasing blood flow to the brain. Studies have also found that dark chocolate can improve the ability to see in low-contrast situations (such as poor weather) and promote lower blood pressure, which has positive effects on cholesterol levels, platelet function, and insulin sensitivity!

Where in Europe did chocolate first make its way over to?

Chocolate was a major export of America, thanks to its popularity in Spain. The spread of chocolate from Spain throughout Europe began in the sixteenth century with the expulsion of Jews from Spain and Portugal during the Inquisition. Some Jews who left Spain brought with them Spain’s secrets of processing chocolate!

What is the oldest chocolate factory?

The largest and oldest chocolate company in the U.S. is Hershey’s. Hershey’s produces over one billion pounds of chocolate product annually!

The first machine made chocolate was in which city?

The first machine-made chocolate was produced in Barcelona, Spain, in 1780

According to Italian researchers, chocolate is a known ______.

The research shows women who eat chocolate regularly have a better sex life than those who do not. They also had higher levels of desire, arousal, and satisfaction from sex.

Originally, Hershey’s kisses were shaped like a _____.

Hershey’s Kisses were first produced in 1907 and were shaped like a square. A new machine in 1921 gave them their current shape!

Chocolate helped aid a criminal in what crime?

A jewel thief made off with $28 million dollars of gems in 2007 because he was able to gain the trust of the guards working the bank in Antwerp, Belgium, by repeatedly offering them chocolate!

The scientific name for the cacao tree is ________.

Theobroma cacao is translated to mean “food of the gods!”

What is the compound in chocolate that is poisonous to dogs?

It is also toxic to humans but it would take an amount that is well unable to be eaten, in order to reach fatal toxicity!

What is the natural stimulant found in chocolate?

There is a little caffeine in chocolate. Most bars have about 10 milligrams of caffeine in them, but darker chocolates can have as much caffeine as a can of Coca-Cola.

How many beans are in one pod?

When the Aztec empire ruled most of Mesoamerica, chocolate was still widely consumed, and cacao seeds were a form of currency!

Which country consumes the most chocolate?

The country whose people eat the most chocolate is Switzerland, with 22 pounds eaten per person each year. Australia and Ireland follow with 20 pounds and 19 pounds per person, respectively. The United States comes in at 11th place, with approximately 12 pounds of chocolate eaten by each person every year!

In Oaxaca, Mexico, healers called curanderos use chocolate to treat several illnesses such as ______.

In some regions, children drink chocolate in the morning to ward off scorpion and bee stings!

How much is the chocolate industry worth?

The most valuable chocolate bar in the world is a 100-year-old Cadbury’s chocolate bar that was brought along on Captain Robert Scott’s first Discovery Expedition to the Antarctic. It sold for $687 at auction in 2001.

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