Cheers to National Chocolate Day!

October 28, 2017

Happy National Chocolate Day! Chocolate is high on the list of just about everyone’s favorite sweets. Chocolate is such a unique food. Unlike most other things we eat, chocolate isn’t grown and eaten in its first form. This heavenly sweet comes from a complex process and a rich history.  

Chocolate is said to have deep roots in history dating back to the time of the ancient Olmec cultures in Mesoamerica as early as 1900 B.C. The people of Mesoamerica cultivated a plant in the tropical rain forests and mixed it into a paste with water, honey, vanilla, and other spices to form a chocolate frothy drink. Skip forward a few thousand years, Rodolphe Lindt invented a conching machine in the 1870’s which allowed for mass production of smooth, creamy chocolate as we know it today. [1]

Thanks to Lindt’s invention, we consume A LOT of chocolate today. It is said that worldwide, there is an estimated 40-50 million people who consume and depend on cocoa every day. Most of the cocoa beans that we consume come from West Africa. In West Africa, there are nearly 1.5 million cocoa farms. On those farms in an estimated 7 to 10 acres of cacao trees. Each tree produces nearly 2,500 beans! That’s a lot! While that’s a long way for cocoa beans to travel and be made into chocolate, it’s a treat we are satisfied with waiting for! Each chocolate bar we consume takes anywhere from 2 to 4 days to produce. [2]Chocolate Cupcakes

Crazy chocolate recipes to concur those cravings:

Decadent Chocolate products for your sweet tooth:

 

[1] http://www.history.com/news/hungry-history/the-sweet-history-of-chocolate

[2] https://www.candyusa.com/story-of-chocolate/fun-facts-about-chocolate/

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