The chocolate weekly 30 - 2015

A chocolate dessert from Hakkasan. Photo: courtesy of Hakkasan

Have you ever been wondering which nation is the greatest consumer of chocolate?

According to data from Euromonitor, the Swiss spend the most per person on chocolate each year. Perhaps unsurprising in a country whose official tourist information website encourages visitors to luxuriate in a chocolate bath, writes Guardian. United Kingdom is on third place, behind Ireland.

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Chocolates at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Photo: Laura Lajh Prijatelj.

Did you know?

  • In Mayan times the cocoa bean was used as currency as it was considered to be worth more than gold dust. Cultivation of the beans was restricted so the value of cocoa beans as money would not go down.
  • According to the International Cocoa Organization, Europeans account for almost half the world’s chocolate consumption. They estimate the average Brit, Swiss, or German eat 11kg of chocolate a year.
  • The Chocolate chip cookie was an accident. In 1930 Ruth Wakefield realised she was out of baker’s chocolate and mixed broken piece of Nestle chocolate into her cookie dough, expecting the chocolate to be absorbed and create chocolate cookies. Instead, she accidentally created chocolate chip cookies, and later sold the idea to Nestle in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Have a lovely and successful week!