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Here are some surprising trivia about chocolates, from The Peninsula Manila during its highly successful "Chocolate Buffet Weekend Nights".

  • The Swiss consume more chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth. That's 22 pound each compared to 11 pound per person in the United States.

  • There are gourmet magazine devoted solely to chocolate.

  • Every year, more and more books consisting exclusively of chocolate recipes appear in the market.

  • The amount of caffeine in chocolate is lower than most people think. A 1.4 ounce piece of milk chocolate contains about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaffeinated coffee. There is an average of 6 mg. Of caffeine in both an ounce of milk chocolate and a cup of decaffeinated coffee, while a cup of regular coffee contains between 65 and 150 mg. Of caffeine.

  • Research indicates that dark chocolate, like red wine, contains substantial amounts of flavonoids phenolics which may lower the risk of heart disease.

  • Montezuma, the Astec Emperor, would drink a cup of xocoatl --- a liquid so prestigious that it was served in golden goblets that were thrown away after one use. The word chocolate comes from Aztec word xocoatl, which means bitter water.

  • Chocolate syrup was used to represent blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcocks movie, Psycho --- a scene whick took 7 days to shoot.

  • For guests with a sweet tooth, a stay at the Peninsula Manila is never complete without a box of Peninsula Chocolates that are hand-made by hearing-impaired employees. These and other gourmet items, may be purchased at the cake shop and delicatessen, Peninsula Exclusivités, located at The Lower Lobby Shopping Arcade.

  • Out of the 900 employees of The Peninsula Manila, seven are hearing-impaired. Five have earned for themselves the moniker of "chocolate girls" since they work daily in the chocolate room creating just about every chocolate confection imaginable.

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