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World Chocolate Day
Foods & Beverages
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” - Forrest Gump

When: July 7th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Make some homemade chocolate chip cookies.  Have a scoop of chocolate ice cream.  Bake a chocolate cake.  Drink some hot chocolate at breakfast.

Numbers

Mars Incorporated company sells the worlds most popular chocolate bar in the Snickers bar, selling over 400 million each year.

Description

Chocolate has an ancient and rich history of not only being used for health benefits, but for currency also dating as far back as 450 BC.  All over the word dried and fermented cacao beans have been the source for cacao solids and cacao butter to be melted for use in hot chocolate beverages. After europeans returned with chocolate from their exploration trips and dealings with the Aztecs, ( who unlike the Mayans preferred to drink theirs cold ) chocolate became very much in demand. In the beginning the process was slower and tedious but as time went on, the industrial revolution ushered in new machines and techniques for producing chocolate not only for beverage consumption for as candy bars and other forms.  In Switzerland, Lindt was one of the first companies to start producing solid chocolates also Cadbury in England and Hershey's in the United States were among the chocolate pioneers of our time. Western Africa supplies the modern day chocolate market with the majority of cocoa production. In the United States Hershey's is still a household name when it comes to chocolate, but the Mars company which is also the 6th largest privately held company in the USA, has the bragging rights of producing the worlds most sold and distributed chocolate bar "Snickers".  Chocolate also remains hugely popular during Valentines Day, when men give boxes of chocolates as a traditional gift.

Interesting Facts

  1. For a time Nestle company produced and named chocolate bars named after the wildly popular film "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" they were called Wonka bars.
  2. The World’s Hottest Chocolate Bar is made with chili extract. The extract has a Scoville Heat Unit rating of nine million.
  3. Chocolate ice cream is the most popular flavor in the United States, followed closely by Vanilla.
  4. According to Healthline.com, Quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content, is actually quite nutritious. It contains a decent amount of soluble fiber and is loaded with minerals.
  5.  In many public schools in the United States in the 1980's, children had a choice at lunchtime of chocolate milk (subject to availability) or regular.. you can imagine which one was more popular.

Information

Observed:
  • July 7th
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