National Chocolate Day
Chocolate is a food that inspires passion. Many people consider it a gift to the entire world. Chocolate has a rich history, a bright future, and can be eaten as a chocolate bar or baked into a variety desserts.
Chocolate is believed to have originated in Amazonia, where cacao beans are fermented into bitter-ish drinks. This chocolate can be traced back over 2000 years. The chocolate drink was so beloved by Aztecs, the Olmecs of south Mexico, and the Mayans that they believed it came from the gods. It was most likely used at that time as a ceremonial beverage.
Theobroma cacaoo is the name of the tree that makes chocolate beans. Translated, it means “food of Gods”. Carolus Linneaus, a taxonomist, gave it its name after Aztecs believed that chocolate was something given to them by the gods.
The discovery of chocolate in the New World by Westerners and its subsequent introduction to Europe in 1500s was a major breakthrough. It was a luxury that was only available to the upper class and wealthy. They enjoyed it for their taste, but they also discovered that cocoa beans had health benefits.
Sugar was eventually added to this concoction. As the product developed over the next few centuries, it became something more than a beverage. It evolved into the delicious eating chocolate we enjoy today.
New processes were developed in the 19th century that allowed chocolate to be produced on a regular basis. Chocolate companies started to appear in America, Europe, and England. Fry & Sons was the first to create the world’s first chocolate bars in 1847.
Chocolate is still a big industry today. Cocoa beans are grown in warm climates and exported all over the world to chocolate makers. It doesn’t matter if it’s Hershey’s Chocolate Company in Pennsylvania, Lindt company from Switzerland, or a smaller local company that makes chocolate, it’s great to have access to this tasty treat.
It’s now time to celebrate National Chocolate Day
There are many ways to celebrate National Chocolate Day and enjoy it! These are some fun and delicious ways to enjoy National Chocolate Day.
Learn all about chocolate making and take home some delicious samples. Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World, Hershey, Pennsylvania. You can also visit the Lindt Home of Chocolate in Zurich, Switzerland.
The Institute of Culinary Education in New York City is a great place to learn about the chocolate industry. The institute boasts the nation’s first educational bean to bar chocolate lab. It offers classes that teach everything about the creative process of making chocolate.
Every day is worth celebrating and enjoying with friends. National Chocolate Day is a great opportunity to get a selection of chocolates and plan to share them with others. You can either grab some chocolate bars to give to your coworkers at work, or a box of chocolates for the family.
Do you have a chocolate-loving friend? Send them a gift of chocolate to celebrate this special day. This is a great excuse to gift a gift!
Although many people think that chocolate should only be eaten as a dessert, there are many delicious recipes that use chocolate in savory dishes.
It would be great to add a little chocolate to every meal in honor of National Chocolate Day! Here are some suggestions for savory chocolate dishes: