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From currency to candy dish, the sweet history of chocolate


Americans eat about 12 pounds of chocolate each year. That sounds like a lot, right?

It may be, but the United States barely ranks in the top 10 in the world for chocolate consumption.

Lecturer Mary Kay Folk Pohlschneider teaches a chocolate science course at Ohio State and is dishing up interesting facts about chocolate, its beginnings in Mayan and Aztec culture and more.

It began as currency — a gift from the gods. Then it was an elite treat. Now it haunts your waistline. Here, an Ohio State food expert shares the history of chocolate.