World Chocolate Day is just a few days away, and I’m here to share with you some fun and chocolaty trivia game questions that you can use to celebrate – just in case you needed another reason to enjoy some chocolate. Although this list doesn’t come with any, I highly suggest adding it when you embark on this trivia quiz.
Whether you’re hosting a team meeting, corporate event, or just your own personal game night, trivia games are a perfect way to create a fun and interactive experience for you and your audience. You can use the questions below as inspiration for your own open-ended icebreakers.
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Chocolate was once valued as a currency.
True. As surprising as it may sound, chocolate wasn’t always so easy to come by. Because of its unique harvesting properties, the cacao bean is only cultivated in certain regions, making it more valuable. During the 14th century, Aztecs used the coveted and rare cacao beans as a currency.
The tree that produces the cocoa bean, Theobroma Cacao, translates to “Food of the Earth”.
False. This actually translates to “Food of the Gods”; a perfect name for the heavenly flavor of cacao.
The chocolate bar was the first chocolate treat enjoyed across nations.
False. The chocolate bar wasn’t invented until 1847 by Joseph Fry. Hot Chocolate was the first cacao-based treat enjoyed internationally. During the 1500s, Spain put their own twist on this delightful concoction by adding cane sugar to the traditional Aztec recipe of cacao, vanilla, honey, and chili peppers.
The more chocolate a country consumes, the more Nobel Laureates that country produces.
True. This may surprise your trivia game guests, but studies show a positive correlation between a country’s Nobel prize winners and their chocolate consumption.
Chocolate was to blame for the success of a $28 million jewel heist.
True! This trivia game question may also surprise you. Back in 2007, Carlos Flomenbaum was successful in robbing an Antwerp Bank of $28 million worth of rare gems. How did this happen, you may ask? Flomenbaum befriended and earned the trust of the guards by frequently gifting them chocolate.
Chocolate milk has its roots in Spain.
False. Although Spain was one of the first nations outside of the ancient Americas to be introduced to the cacao bean, this delicious drink was actually invented in Jamaica during the early 1700s. Although the credit goes to botanist Sir Hans Sloane, it’s highly likely that Jamaican islanders enjoyed this beverage long before Sloane arrived.
The scent of chocolate makes you buy more.
True! Now I understand why I can never control myself at Godiva…but I digress. A 2013 study suggests that the smell of chocolate may be linked to increased purchases.
There really is a chocolate river.
True. Kind of. During the 1971 filming of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, the crew mixed 15,000 gallons of water with chocolate and cream to create the chocolate river that nearly drowned Augustus Gloop. The cast revealed that due to the spoiled cream, the river produced a terrible smell. Gross.
The world’s largest chocolate bar weighs 5,000 pounds.
False. It actually weighs 12,846 lbs! In 2011, Thorntons created the world’s largest chocolate bar to celebrate its 100th birthday. My only question is… how?
The world’s most valuable chocolate bar had a price tag of $687.
True. The craziest part? It sold. A buyer at a Christie’s auction purchased the antique bar of chocolate that had accompanied Captain Robert Scott on his journey to the Antarctic during the early 1900s.
Americans purchase over 55 million pounds of chocolate during Valentine’s Day.
True! The U.S. loves its chocolate, and who could blame us? During Valentine’s Day, more than 58 million pounds of chocolate are sold. However, chocolate isn’t the only way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If you’re a super-far-in-advance type of planner, you may be interested in these heartfelt Valentine’s Day celebration ideas.
In France, April Fool’s Day is celebrated with puppy-shaped chocolate.
False. Unfortunately, because that sounds adorable. The French celebrate April Fool’s Day, or ‘le poisson d’avril’, with fish-shaped chocolate. Hey, at least it’s not fish-flavored.
There you have it. 12 chocolate-inspired trivia quiz questions to add flavor to your upcoming meeting, event, or just whenever. Spice up your true and false trivia game with clickable images, open-ended questions, or word clouds, here’s how.
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