Have a chocolicious National Chocolate Day at Cardwell!

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We’re celebrating National Chocolate Cake Day this Sunday, January 27.

Everyone is invited to come along to Cardwell on Sunday and pay a visit to our Patio Restaurant where you can try our delicious home-made chocolate cakes.

Whether you have a slice with a cup of tea or coffee, or as a dessert with your lunch, we’ve no doubt the cake will taste fantastic.

Cardwell’s retail general manager, Paul Carmichael said: “There’s no better way to celebrate National Chocolate Day than to have a slice of one of our fabulous chocolate cakes.

“They look and taste so great, it’s almost as if they’d been made by one of the Star Bakers from the Great British Bake Off show.

“Our chocolate cakes are definitely chocolicious!”

Here are a dozen facts about chocolate to get you in the mood for National Chocolate Cake Day-

 

  1. It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
  2. Chocolate comes from a fruit tree; it’s made from a seed.
  3. Theobroma Cacao is the tree that produces cocoa beans, and it means “food of the gods.”
  4. Some cocoa trees are more than 200 years old, but most give marketable cocoa beans for only the first 25 years.
  5. Cocoa leaves can move 90 degrees, from horizontal to vertical, to get sun and to protect younger leaves.
  6. Most of the cocoa grown in the world comes from West Africa where there are about 1.5 million small family-owned cocoa farms.
  7. A farmer must wait four to five years for a cacao tree to produce its first beans.
  8. The average serving of milk chocolate has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaf coffee.
  9. Cocoa beans were so valuable to early inhabitants of the Americas that they were used as currency.
  10. Research showed that the largest chocolate-consuming countries are Switzerland, Germany, and Ireland.
  11. Chocolate contains over 600 flavour compounds, which give off its distinct aroma, according to the American Chemical Society. In comparison, red wine is reported to only have around 200 flavour compounds.
  12. Research found that chocolate can stimulate your brain and releases more endorphins than kissing does. It was also shown to increase your heart rate faster than kissing. Researchers believe that this is caused by chocolate’s concentration of phenylethylamine, a compound that increases endorphin production in the brain.
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