Chocolate is one of the most popular foods in the world. People have been eating chocolate for thousands of years.  Of course, chocolate is also a popular gift between friends and lovers.  But how much do you really know about chocolate?  Here are five fascinating facts about our favorite treat:

  1. Chocolate actually makes people more relaxed and happy. The human brain releases some special chemicals in the body after eating chocolate. These chemicals are the same ones that give people feelings of joy and love.

  1. Americans eat almost half the world’s chocolate! Each year, people in the United States eat about 1.3 billion kilograms of chocolate each year.

  1. Chocolate was used as a form of money. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs used cocoa beans to trade for goods. For example, 10 beans could be used to buy a rabbit!

  1. The biggest chocolate bar ever made weighed 5,400 kilograms. It was made in September 2011 in Chicago.  It was used to educate children about being careful about the food they eat.

  1. The idea of eating chocolate is actually very new. For most of history, people drank chocolate.  It is said that the Aztec king drank more than 50 cups of chocolate every day.