Modern Marvels

Chocolate

Season 14, Ep 27, Aired 8/6/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Take a tour through the entire chocolate making process and learn how chocolate has been thought of as an energizer, an aphrodisiac and a cure-all.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Max Raphael

    Narrator

  • Beata Ziel

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Narrator: We eat of 10 billion pounds of it each year. It satiated the ancients and built modern day empires. From the equatorial fields to famous factories, from bon-bons to bunnies, from pies to peanut butter cups. At the heart of this giant industry is a little magic bean, believed to be an energizer, aphrodisiac and cure all. Now: Chocolate, on Modern Marvels.

    Trivia (4)

    • In the average bag of Milk Chocolate M&Ms, you’ll find 24% blue, 20% orange, 16% green, 14% yellow, 13% red and 13%brown colored candy shells.

    • The theobromine in chocolate is toxic to dogs because they can’t digest it as efficiently as humans. It can cause heart rhythm abnormalities, muscle tremors, seizures and in large quantities, even death.

    • Alfred Hitchcock used Bosco chocolate syrup to simulate blood during the famous shower scene in his 1960 thriller Psycho.

    • According to Forbes magazine, the world’s most expensive chocolate truffle, hand-rolled by Knipschildt of Norwalk, Connecticut, retails for $250 per piece.

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