What's your chocolate IQ?

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You know that it comes in every shape — from bars and blocks to bunnies and bonbons — and that its taste can inspire no shortage of swoons and reverie. But how well do you really know chocolate? Test your chocolate smarts here.

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Where was the first place that people cultivated beans from the cacao tree to make chocolate?

The majority of Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Mayans and Aztecs; its earliest documented use is around 1100 BC.

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The Mayans and Aztecs believed that the cacao bean had magical attributes and used it in which sacred ritual?

And let’s not forget it was used during human sacrifice. Aztec sacrifice victims feeling melancholy over their impending fate were often given a gourd of chocolate to cheer them up.

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The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means:

Originating from Greek theos (“god”) and broma (“food”), the fruit of the tree and its divine derivatives are indeed heavenly.

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Which 18th-century luminary is rumored to have been particularly enamored with drinking chocolate?

Europeans believed chocolate possessed special nutritional, medicinal and aphrodisiac powers — and the latter swayed Casanova.

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The first modern chocolate bar as we know it is credited to whom?

In 1847, Fry discovered the process of making a moldable chocolate paste. By 1868, Cadbury was selling boxes of chocolate candies in England.

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On average, Americans eat how much chocolate per month?

Chocolate manufacturing is a more than $4 billion industry in the United States. The average American eats at least half a pound of it each month.

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Which of these chocolate concoctions is real?

It was bound to happen — and happen it does at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.

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Chocolate raises bad cholesterol if:

Chocolate contains saturated fat in the cocoa butter, but much of the fat comes from stearic acid, which doesn’t act like saturated fat. Studies have shown that chocolate does not raise bad cholesterol, and in some cases, may even bring it down.

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Chocolate fragrance has been found to successfully do which of the following?

Researchers are developing fragrances that smell like caramelized chocolate and will decrease mosquitoes’ attraction to humans.

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A regular-sized Hershey's chocolate bar contains how much caffeine?

A Hershey’s bar contains 9 mg of caffeine; decaffeinated coffee has from two to 25 mg of caffeine and a grande Starbucks brewed coffee has 330 mg.

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In Roal Dahl’s 1964 novel “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” why is Charlie Bucket disqualified from his chance for a lifetime supply of chocolate?

Charlie and Grandpa Joe stay behind in the Bubble Room for a quick quaff, which not only gets Charlie in trouble with Willy Wonka, but also nearly costs him his life.

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Is chocolate a genuine aphrodisiac?

Numerous studies have yet to find conclusive evidence that chocolate physically heightens sexual arousal; but it may have aphrodisiac qualities that are psychological in origin.

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Researchers have found a strong correlation between eating chocolate and which of the following?

Researchers have found a surprisingly strong correlation between chocolate intake per capita and the number of Nobel laureates in certain countries.

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We can thank chocolate for its assistance in the invention of what appliance?

Percy Spence was working on magnetron tubes used in radar defense when he noticed the chocolate bar in his pocket had melted. Recognizing that the microwaves had cooked the candy, the company he worked for went on to develop the first microwave oven.

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Chocolate does not necessarily:

Contrary to its bad reputation, chocolate doesn’t always add to weight gain, diabetes or sickly teeth. (Insert happy dance here.)

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