The first chocolate was created in the 19th century
Chocolate in its present form was first made by Joseph Storrs' factory in Bristol. The year was 1847 and the first bar of hard chocolate left the kitchen. The first milk chocolate came from the Swiss Daniel Peter, who used milk powder in 1875.
Fondant Schokolade - chocolate that melts on the tongue - is also popular. This was first made by Rudolf Lindt in 1879. And the last form of chocolate, the praline, was invented in 1912 by the Belgian Jean Neuhaus and his wife.
The most expensive chocolate is not from Switzerland
The world's most expensive chocolate costs incredible 6,000 EUR per kilogram. Three chocolate pralines containing rare Tahitian vanilla and Jamaican coffee were prepared by confectioner Philippe Conticini for the Indian company Fabelle Exquisite Chocolates.
Unfortunately, you won't be able to taste these chocolates as they are in private collections. However, the lumps of confectioner Fritz Knipchildt are available. For a blend of 70% Valhrona dark chocolate, French Perigord truffle oil, cream and vanilla you will pay 200 EUR per piece.
Over 4 tons of chocolate in one place
The world's largest chocolate was produced in 2010 by Armenian manufacturer Karen Vardanyan. The 4,410 kilograms of chocolate measure 560 centimetres in length, 275 centimetres in width and are 25 centimetres high.
His factory in Yerevan produced the chocolate to celebrate 10 years of the company's founding and offered it free to sweet lovers in the square. On this occasion, the giant chocolate was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest in the world.
The special flavours pull
How are chocolate and its flavours faring? The most popular flavours include bitter, hazelnut and milk. But there are also unusual chocolate flavours. Picky eaters like lavender or green tea chocolate. The latter is particularly popular in Asian countries.
But the list of flavours does not end there. In some Czech shops you can find, for instance, chocolate flavoured with liver or horseradish. But we are talking about flavours for the truly adventurous ones.