What is chocolate?
In this piece of writing, I can help you learn a choc-a-lot more about the history of chocolate. Chocolate is a type of sweet dessert that is normally brown, white or black. It is made out of the seeds of the cocoa tree, cocoa butter, sugar, lecithin and vegetable fat. It’s a great, yummy treat for everyone to enjoy. Read on to find out more about how chocolate shaped it’s way to today.
Who invented chocolate?
The first people to discover chocolate were a tribe called the Aztecs. I’m sure that you’ve heard about them before. The Aztecs were a wandering tribe that lived in Northen Mexico. They believed in human sacrifice and that it would keep the sun god alive. As I mentioned earlier, the Aztecs were the ones who invented chocolate. But, their chocolate was in a different form. It wasn’t a block, it was a drink, kinda like hot chocolate. The drink was made out of various seasonings and was mixed with ground cacao seeds to make the finishing product, a spicy, frothy drink which they called chocolatl. I think that we should thank the Aztecs for bringing chocolate into our lives. Without it, we would have died!
Chocolate comes in many flavours, shapes and sizes. You might have some which are as big as a human, or one that looks like a ball or even mushroom flavoured chocolate! The most common types of chocolate are:
- Milk chocolate
- White chocolate
- Dark chocolate
Some other types are:
- Chocolate orange
- Strawberry chocolate
- Bittersweet chocolate
- Sweet chocolate
And many more…
One type of chocolate that I have tasted before had an edible wrapper! How PAWSOME is that!
Like all the chocolate flavours, there is a variety of chocolate brands that are around the world. Some of the leading brands are:
- Kit Kat
And the one we all know and love…Cadbury! To be honest, I think that Cadbury makes the most astounding chocolate in the world. They make caramel, dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate and heaven knows what else.
There are many other chocolate brands too like:
1. Mast Brothers
2. Antidote Chocolate
3. TCHO Chocolate
4. Fine and Raw
6. Raaka Chocolate
And lots more hidden chocolate brands that are waiting to be found…
Remember when Hazel had a chocolate themed day and we came up with our own brands? Here are some of the great ones!
Shoaib named his chocolate ‘Finito’. A nice Spanish name, wouldn’t you say?
Another friend of mine, Norbert, called his chocolate ‘Blue Chooc’. I’m sure that it’s great for watching videos without any buffering so you can eat it straight away!
And Shreya had a company called ‘Saturn’. It’s so good that it’ll lift you off your feet!
Finally, the star of the show, ABUBAR!!! Abubar was made by the CHOCOSOME Abubakar. At first, when I looked at it, I thought that he had missed out the ‘K’ and the ‘A’ in his name. But, then I looked at it for a while and then I was like “Oh!!!” because I finally understood what he meant. It was a very great name though. In fact, it was the best!!!
Roald Dahl and his Chocolate Factory
As you all know, there is a movie about chocolate that is called ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. This movie is based on a book written by the famous author, Roald Dahl. He is my favourite! The movie is about a poor boy that gets to go on a trip to a marvellous chocolate factory. The owner of the factory was a crazy yet wonderful man called Mr Willy Wonka. He could make any type of chocolate in the world! Easter eggs, gummy bears, chocolate balls, you name it! One day, Mr Wonka decided to let five children into his factory but those five children had to find one of the five Golden Tickets that were hidden in five of Wonka’s chocolate bars. Luckily, Charlie, who thought that he would never find one, worked hard to find the last Golden Ticket and in the end, he actually did! The other four children were:
- Veruca Salt
- Violet Beauregarde
- Augustus Gloop
- Mike Teavee
The movie is always featuring different types of chocolate and naughty Oompa Loompas are popping out of nowhere at any time. Sometimes, it kind of annoys me too! If I was Willy Wonka, then I would invent a type of chocolate flavoured chewing gum and if you ate it, then it would make bubble the same size as your tummy inside you and you would float up into the air! It’s perfect for astronaut training on Earth! (laughs like Willy Wonka)
I personally think that the book is better than the movie because it has more detail and you can already picture the story in your head. Another reason is because I have always been a fan of books too. I guess that you can say that I’m a bookworm!
Chocolate & kids
How much chocolate should children be eating? What are the affects of too much sugar and chocolate? Well, I have the answers for you right here. The average amount of chocolate that children should be eating is approximately 1 mini sized bar a day. But why is it so important to make sure that you don’t eat too much sugar? It’s because that kids can get illnesses if they do eat too much. The symptoms may include:
- Cause swelling
- Reduces overall brain function
- Cause obesity
This is why it is important that your child is on the right diet and is eating the right food. Making sure that you are healthy can keep you away from any illnesses.
Heaven on Earth…
There are plenty of landmarks that you can visit around the world where you can find out about the history of chocolate. One of the most famous is Cadbury World, which is in Birmingham, UK. I like to call Cadbury World ‘heaven on earth’. This magnificent place has an adventure playground for kids, a 4D cinema, the world’s biggest Cadbury shop, an Aztec jungle, a chocolate making zone and at the end of your visit, you get free chocolate! So, I’ve got plenty of reasons to call Cadbury World ‘heaven on Earth’. It’s not even heaven on Earth, it’s SIX heavens on Earth!!! I’ve been there myself for more than 5 times and I still can’t get enough of it. They should really appoint me to be the ‘mascot’ of Cadbury World! If any of you pawsome peeps get the chance, go and visit Cadbury World and experience it for yourself!
This is not the choco-end…
If I was a chocolate, then I would be a bar of milk chocolate with a strawberry and caramel filling. On the top of me, I would have a layer of white chocolate sauce with sprinkles in it. There would also be some popping candy and jelly inserted here and there. I would also have a protective shield made out of transparent jelly so that no one could eat me (except me of course)!
I love chocolate, you love chocolate, we love chocolate! Who doesn’t? Kids love it and adults too!! Chocolate has always had a special place in everyone’s heart. Even on Halloween, if we go out Trick or Treating, we always prefer chocolate than candy. When the door opens and the bowl is held out, we always start digging for chocolate first. But, the worst would be using chocolate as a bribe! How can we possibly resist that delicious, smooth, silky chocolate when our parents try to bribe us to do something? There’s no way that we could say no to that. Not fair! Parents should be fined for misusing chocolate against us. At the end of the day, we are just poor, innocent creatures that are always vulnerable to the sight of chocolate!!!
Now, there’s no other way for me to end this article than to repost the song which I recently wrote about my own chocolate brand: Laffy Taffy!
(lyrics by The Pawsome Lion)
Laffy Taffy, it’s really yuffy,
It’ll make you laugh all day long.
Sold it to my mate named Miffy, Gave it to her Grandma Jaffy.
Laffy Taffy, it’s so good,
Some people hide it under their hood.
It’s divine, it’s delicious,
It’s scrumptious not vicious.
It’s twisty, it’s turny,
It’s bendy and curvy.
It’s the Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy all day long!
Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy…
I may not be Wonka but I can dance to Conga,
Coz J.O’s my brotha from anotha motha.
I may not have Loompas but I do have Toompas.
Try and close my factory down, I’ll make yours tumble to the ground.
I might not be toughy but I’m always laughy.
My Uncle Fun won’t believe it but I needed to achieve it,
Coz it’s Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy all night long!
Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy…
When Harry met Sally, Choccy met Taffy.
This is no black or white, this is coco loves pinky.
When Barbie hugged Ken, Choccy hugged Taffy.
Let’s not get too warm or else we will melt,
Then all that is left, just a messy puddle,
So it’s Laffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy till it’s dawn!
Laffy Laffy, Taffy Taffy, Laffy Taffy Laffy Taffy…
Cadbury World (click to watch video)
Chocolate Making (click to watch video)
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