Thanksgiving is just around the corner, or at least for those who celebrate it, and just the thought of cooking up an entire feast is definitely daunting. Thankfully, you can just use these easy two-ingredient recipes to whip up something tasty yet simple. Continue reading to see them all.
5 Interesting chocolate facts:
- Research suggests that chocolate was originally used more than 2,500 years ago, begining in Central America. The Mayan civilisation considered Cacao to be a divine gift and so, it was held in high regard. It was used ceremoniously and sometimes as a form of currency. The name ‘Cacao’ is a Maya word meaning ‘god food’ which after being introduced to Europe in the 16th century, formed the basis of the Latin name for the Cacao tree ‘Theobrama Cacao’ meaning ‘food for the gods’. It is thought that the word ‘cocoa’ has come about through a miss-spelling of ‘cacao.’
- The name chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocalati meaning bitter water. Not surprising, considering they made a drink, by mixing cacao beans with chillies, achiote, cornmeal, and some reports suggest the inclusion hallucinogenic Mushrooms (probably helped to get over the taste).
- Although not scientifically proven, chocolate is believed by many, to be an aphrodisiac. The theory is supported by the fact that chocolate does contain among many chemicals the stimulants: caffeine, theobromine, and phenyethylamine.
- Cocoa butter is a by-product produced from the crushing of roasted cacao beans, and although used in the chocolate making process, it is also used in a number of cosmetic products including massage oils and skin cosmetics. It is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known. It melts at just below average body temperature and therfore it is easilly desolved into the skin, making it the ideal foundation in moisturising creams and other such products.
- More than 66 percent of the worlds cacao is produced in Africa and 98 percent of the worlds cocoa is produced by just 15 countries.