International Chocolate Day is an annual celebration of chocolate, celebrated on September 13th. Chocolate is one of the most affordable and delicious foods. It is used for making desserts, ice-cream, and milkshakes. Millions of people around the world love chocolate. Black, white, or milk, with the addition of berries and nuts – there are a lot of types of chocolate. You will definitely find your favorite.
It is believed International Chocolate Day originated at the end of the 20th century in France. However, there is no exact information about this. But it doesn’t matter at all! The history of chocolate goes back several thousand years.
According to our information, chocolate appeared on the territory of modern Mexico in 450 BC. Cocoa beans grew everywhere on trees. The tribes there learned how to process them and used them as medicines or for rituals.
In the Maya culture, chocolate bean-based drinks were consumed during important transactions between the tribes. The penetration of chocolate into Spain, and then throughout the world, is associated with the name of the conquistador Hernán Cortés. During his travels in America, he encountered cocoa beans and brought them with him to Europe. This kicked off the distribution of chocolate. Many interesting dishes have been created using chocolate.
- To date, cocoa beans are grown in several dozen countries, and exports reach almost 5 million tons per year.
- Eating chocolate improves brain function and mood.
- Making chocolate was labor intensive. The process was improved in 1828 by the chemist Van Houten. He created a press that easily turned roasted beans into powder.
- The invention of the cocoa bean press made it possible to begin producing chocolate on an industrial scale.
How to take part
Gather your family and friends on International Chocolate Day. Taste fragrant chocolate bars or gourmet desserts together. Visit various events dedicated to the holiday. Make this day unforgettable.
If you have always wanted to learn how to make interesting dishes with chocolate, this holiday is a great occasion to learn. Read the recipe carefully and get started. You will definitely succeed!
When is International Chocolate Day celebrated in 2023?
International Chocolate Day is observed on September 13 each year.