The Book of Chocolate, The Amazing Story of the World’s Favorite Candy
by HP Newquist
This book is a chocolate lover’s delight for both adults and children!
The history of chocolate begins in ancient times with the cocoa bean and goes up until 2015’s top selling chocolates. Everything about chocolate you ever wondered is in this book. I completed it’s 147 pages in a weekend. As a history buff, I loved the stories of how chocolate started as, basically, cottage industries in the United States. How the families battled to make their own unique chocolates successful, how the second world war influenced the industry and helped bring peace to the world.
The book contains fun factoids, like, “Research has found that countries where people eat a lot of chocolate also produce a lot of Nobel Prize winners”, with Switzerland at the top with 26 pounds of chocolate per person and 32 Nobel Prize winners per 10 million people. The book includes old advertisements, old photos, and geography lessons, too. Maps show that 71.2% of cocoa beans grow in Africa. Wonderfully written, easy to read and you better have a box of chocolates on hand!
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