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Monday, 12 May 2014


A drink used to be made by the Aztecs for the gods which had the ingredients of ground cocoa mixed in with spices and corn.

About 40 cocoa beans are contained in each cocoa pod.

In 1866 Cadburys became the first company in England to sell cocoa as a drink. The cocoa beans were roasted, ground and then mixed with sugar to make a powder. Customers added hot water or milk to the  powder to make what became a much-liked drink.

Cadbury uses more than sixty thousand tonnes of cocoa each year, in the United Kingdom alone.

A person would have to drink more than 12 cups of hot cocoa to equal the amount of caffeine found in one cup of coffee.

An extract of cocoa has been found to be more effective than fluoride in keeping your teeth healthy.

West Africa collectively supplies two thirds of the world's cocoa crop.  The largest producer of cocoa is Ivory Coast at more than twice as much as second-placed Ghana.


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