A seaworthy 3.5-meter chocolate boat made by a French chocolate maker Georges Larnicol set sail in Concarneau port, western France, on September 25, 2010. The 1.2 ton boat, built in the Larnicol’s workshop, is entirely made of chocolate excepted the frame which is made of sugar. It survived a traditional farewell ceremony of breaking a champagne bottle of the bow. The boat seats two passengers and is both sail and motor-driven. Georges Larnicol won a bet by successfully building a [...]
The Armenian Company Grand Candy broke the Guinness World Record for the biggest chocolate bar by making a bar weighing 9,702-pound (4,410 kg). On September 11, on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, the company held a presentation ceremony. The bar, 224 inches (560 centimeters) long, 110 inches (275 centimeters) wide and 10 inches (25 centimeters) thick, was made in four days using cocoa beans imported from Africa, Grand Candy President Karen Vardanyan said at the ceremony.
Chocolate history starts out in Latin America, where cacao trees grow wild. The first people to use chocolate were probably the Olmec of what is today southeast Mexico. They lived in the area around 1000 BC, and their word, “kakawa,” gave us our word “cacao.” Unfortunately, that’s all we know. We don’t know how (or even if) the Olmec actually used chocolate.