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Being chocolate extremos, odd chocolate facts are part of our stock in trade -- so we feel no compunctions about passing them on to all and sundry.

For example, because of a previous article, you may know that a humble chocolate bar was partly responsible for the invention of the microwave oven. But did you know that all that blood in the shower scene of Hitchcock's original Psycho was really chocolate syrup? Yup.

The origins of chocolate mousse are relatively unknown. After being introduced to chocolate by the Spanish, French chefs have been cooking with chocolate since the early 17th century. Mousse, which means "foam", originated in France in the 18th century. It was only a matter of time until cooking with chocolate and making dishes with foamy textures came together for "mousse au chocolat."

That's right: Hotel Hershey has created the Hershey chocolate spa, specifically designed for chocoholics. Not only is this beautiful hotel a luxurious, beautiful spot in is own right, now you can visit its spa and take full advantage of themed treatments.

Cocoa, the biological forbearer of chocolate, has a long history of cultivation, first in the New World and now in the Old as well. Despite our modern era of mechanization, it's still harvested by hand, because that's the way it has to be. The product is just too fragile and too precious to leave to machine cultivation.

In this article, we'll give you the skinny on chocolate's first steps from tree to you.

Theobromine: if it weren't for this magical molecule, chocolate might not be worth the effort. C'mon -- what's with the look of horror? If you've ever risked taking a bite of unsweetened chocolate (and what X-Choc fanatic hasn't?), you know that it's hardly a taste sensation. Admit it: it tastes like bitter dirt, doesn't it?

Like rhubarb, you have to wonder who in their right mind was able to bear it until they managed to mix it with enough sugar to get the ambrosia we all so love. Well, thank the caffeine cousin that added enough of a kick to make the original taste-testers look past the mouth-puckering bitterness to the genius within.

If there's any tree anywhere that should be sacred, it would have to be the Theobroma cacao, the progenitor of the holy cacao bean. For the uninitiated among you, this is also known as the cocoa bean, and it's where that brown gold we call chocolate ultimately originates.

Fortunately, this sturdy evergreen grows wild all over Central and South America, and since Spanish colonial times has been spread throughout the world. We tremble to think of what might happen if, heaven forbid, there was ever a shortage of cacao trees. To borrow a phrase from Joseph Conrad: "The horror!"

Believe it or not, there are some pretty strange facts in chocolate history. The modern candy bar didn’t just spring full grown from the head of Willy Wonka like some Greek god. No, chocolate has a detailed, rich, and sometimes bizarre history.

Have you ever wondered about the history of Hershey’s chocolate? One of the world’s biggest producers of candy bars, Hershey’s is synonymous with melt-in-your-mouth treats. But there’s more to Hershey’s history than chocolate: in fact, Hershey’s has a history of something even sweeter: kindness!

You might think of yourself as a chocolate genius, but here are five strange facts about chocolate you've probably never heard before! Sit back and prepare to be amazed: your favorite food is even stranger than you ever realized!

The 4,000-year story of chocolate is a colorful one that begins with its exotic discovery by ancient civilizations, its use as an aphrodisiac and currency, and the belief that it was sent to Earth by the gods.