Chocolate . . . - Its scientific name means â€œfood of the gods.â€- The Aztecs mixed it with blood and gave it to sacrificial victims to drink.- The entire town of Hershey, Pennsylvania was built by Milton Hershey to support his chocolate factory. Its streetlights are shaped like chocolate Kisses.- The first men to climb to the top of Mount Everest buried a chocolate bar there as an offering to the gods of the mountain.- Every twenty-four hours, the U.S. chocolate industry goes through eight million pounds of sugar.- Its special flavor is created by a combination of 600 to 1000 different chemical compounds Â Join science author HP Newquist as he explores chocolateâ€™s fascinating history. Along the way youâ€™ll meet colorful characters like the feathered-serpent god Quetzalcoatl, who gave chocolate trees to the Aztecs; Henri NestlÃ©, who invented milk chocolate while trying to save the lives of babies who couldnâ€™t nurse; and the quarrelsome Mars family, who split into two warring factions, one selling Milky Way, Snickers, and 3 Musketeers bars, the other Mars Bars and M&Mâ€™s. From its origin as the sacred, bitter drink of South American rulers to the familiar candy bars sold by todayâ€™s multimillion dollar businesses, people everywhere have fallen in love with chocolate, the worldâ€™s favorite flavor.