From Brownies to Milkshakes, everybody loves chocolate. Here are 10 delicious recipes that will definitely get your mouth watering.

To celebrate National Chocolate Week (13-19 October 2014), I'd like to share 10 choctastic recipes with you, but before I do here are 10 chocolate facts you may not know.

10 Choctastic Facts

1. The oldest traces of chocolate date back to around 1100BC in south central Mexico. The Mayans and Aztecs were known to enjoy chocolate drinks too. 

2. Chocolate contains alkaloids that stimulate changes in the body and are linked to the brain’s levels of the feel good neurotransmitter serotonin. 

3. One cocoa tree produces about 50 pods twice a year. Each pod has enough cocoa for eight bars of milk chocolate or four bars of dark. Each tree can provide enough pods for 400-800 bars of chocolate a year. 

4. Research published last year showed a high correlation between a nation’s chocolate intake and the number of Nobel Prizes it wins. 

5. In 1847, J.S. Fry’s of Bristol invented the chocolate bar. 

6. The word chocolate was first recorded in English in 1604, but England’s first cup of hot chocolate wasn't made until 1647. 

7. 6 million Kit Kats are produced in York every day, that's over 1 billion every year. 

8. Terry’s first created the Chocolate Apple before the iconic Chocolate Orange. 

9. 66,000 Crème Eggs are made every hour. 

10. The man who invented chocolate chip cookies sold the idea to Nestle Toll House in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

10 Choctastic Recipes

After Eight Cake

After Eight Cake

Find the recipe at Tinned Tomatoes

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Squidgy Raspberry Brownies (gluten free)

Raspberry Brownie

Find the recipe at Food to Glow
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Chocolate Philadelphia Macarons

Chocolate Philadelphia Macaroon

Find the recipe at Maison Cupcake

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Bubbly Aero White Hot Chocolate

Aero White Hot Chocolate

Find the recipe at Fuss Free Flavours

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Affinities Chocolate Cake (vegan)

Vegan Chocolate Cake

Find the recipe at Ren Behan

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Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Ultimate Chocolate Cupcakes

Find the recipe at Crumbs and Corkscrews

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Triple Chocolate Doughnuts with Sprinkles (vegan)

Triple Chocolate Donuts

Find the recipe at Tinned Tomatoes

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Nutella Raspberry Fondants

Nutella Raspberry Fondants

Find the recipe at Katiecakes

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Chocolate and Avocado Super Shakes

Chocolate Avocado Shake

Find the recipe at Tinned Tomatoes

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Chocolate Peanut Brownies

Chocolate Peanut Brownies

Find the recipe at Katiecakes

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Author: Jacqueline Meldrum is a freelance food writer and recipe developer. Jacqueline blogs at Tinned Tomatoes. You can follow Jacqueline on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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