Further informationInstead of being mixed with sugar and milk to make candy bars, some chocolate liquor is also pressed with a special machine. This separates it into cocoa (like the dry powder you might use to make hot chocolate) and cocoa butter, an ingredient added to chocolate we eat as well as used in some cosmetic products!In spite of its name, chocolate liquor contains no alcohol.
Here are some really neat facts about chocolate you might not already know!
- Have you ever eaten a chocolate egg? According to Guinness World Records, the largest chocolate sculpture ever made was a chocolate egg that was over 27 feet tall!!
- Twelve cacao seeds are needed to make 1 ounce of dark chocolate. (How many ounces are in the average candy bar? Have a grown-up help you figure out how many seeds were used to make it!)
- Altogether, Americans consume about 3 billion pounds of chocolate every year! – WHOA!
Sources & links
“Manufacturing Chocolate from Seed to Sweet.” All About Chocolate: Just for Kids. The Field Museum. 12 Sep. 2010 “Where does chocolate come from?” Facts-About-Chocolate.com. 12 Sep. 2010 “How is chocolate made?” Facts-About-Chocolate.com. 12 Sep. 2010 “Where does chocolate come from?” Chocolate in the Making. The Chocolate Review. 12 Sep. 2010 Guinness World Records 2007. Ed. Craig Glenday. New York: Random House, 2007. “Fun Facts About Chocolate.” Chocolate-Chocolate-Chocolate.com. 12 Sep. 2010