National Chocolate Caramel Day is an annual American holiday celebrating chocolate-covered caramel and all foods that include these 2 ingredients. The scope of the components is huge: a variety of desserts, cocktails, baking. Everyone is sure to find their favorite chocolate and caramel dish. It is celebrated on March 19.
Chocolate has been known to mankind for a very long time. The first information about it dates back to the Mayan and Aztec eras, the tribes that lived in South America. They crushed the cocoa beans, then threw them in water and heated them. The result was a hot drink with a strong chocolate flavor. In this form it came to Europe during the time of the Great Geographical Discoveries. The slab form of this product known today appeared only in 1842 in England.
Caramel has been known since the Middle Ages. At that time, cane sugar was heated in large cauldrons to produce a sticky, sweet mixture. Later it also began to be made by boiling sugar syrup with the addition of a binder, which could be starch treacle, for example.
The invention of chocolate-covered caramel is attributed to a man named Milton Hershey. At the beginning of the 19th century, his confectionery began to produce small caramels covered with chocolate on top. Since then, the popularity of such sweets has been unstoppable.
- Mass production of chocolate-covered caramel candies began in 1893, when Hershey purchased German icing equipment for his company.
- The first chocolates with caramel-like fillings were made at home in the 17th century. They did not have a firm shape and were easily crumpled and stuck to my fingers.
- Sweets, which are the prototype of modern candy, appeared in ancient Egypt. Then they mixed honey, spices, nuts, and fruit to make improvised desserts.
How to celebrate
Purchase ready-made chocolate-covered caramel candies to enjoy in a warm family circle or company of friends. You can also make them yourself. There are various recipes for this dessert on the Internet.
Spread the word on social media. Ask other users when they first tried chocolate-covered caramel, and what impression did it leave?
When is National Chocolate Caramel Day celebrated in 2023?
National Chocolate Caramel Day is observed on March 19 each year.