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
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.