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Every bite of chocolate is a moment of bliss, so it's no surprise that the scientific name for chocolate, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods." To add to your chocolatey delight, check out our favourite chocolate lovers' recipes and surprising chocolate fun facts.

As of 2010, Armenia holds the title for the world's biggest chocolate bar, which weighed over 9,000 pounds (4,410 kilos). That's about the size of an African elephant. 

Ever since WWII, chocolate bars have been an official part of U.S. Army rations as a source of energy and, of course, a taste pleaser.

Plain chocolate bars were created in the 1700s, but the first chocolate nut bar sold for only a nickel in 1910 and was created by Canadian Arthur Ganong.

In 1906, the first recipe for chocolate brownies included Baker's Chocolate and appeared in The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.  

Chocolate has long been used in survival kits, and for good reason. A single chocolate chip can provide enough energy for an adult human to walk 150 feet.

By the late 1600s, the chocolate craze had begun, and chocolate houses—much like taverns or coffee houses—sprang up all over Europe. The governments of the day even levied a tax on it.

After exploring the Americas, Christopher Columbus introduced chocolate to Europeans, who thought it tasted bitter. It finally caught on in the mid 1500s after Hernan Cortez brought some back to Spain.

The Central American Aztec civilization started reserving cacao beans around 1400 to make an unsweetened drink and to use as currency.

Ancient cultures thought chocolate was an aphrodisiac. While that's not scientifically true, chocolate does contain chemicals which create a reaction in the brain similar to that of falling in love.

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