National Chocolates Day is held on October 28 every year. This holiday is for all those with a sweet tooth, who don’t mind indulging in a bar of chocolate, as well as those who believe that sweetness is the greatest invention of mankind!
It is believed that chocolate was first created around 2500 years ago, originally by the Aztecs, who believed it was a gift from the Gods! Traditional chocolate was made from cocoa, but was not sweetened until the 16th century when it was brought to Europe. The first manufacturing companies, such as Cadbury and Nestle, were founded in England in the 18th century and since then, dark chocolate has become increasingly popular due to it containing less sugar. The production process of chocolate involves harvesting, fermenting and drying cocoa beans, cleaning and roasting them, removing the shell to leave cocoa nibs, and then grinding them into a homogenous mass – pure chocolate. From here, manufacturers then add other ingredients to reduce the cocoa percentage and make their own unique chocolate.
Did you know that chocolate:
- Was used as currency in Maya times and was also paid as a form of currency for military service in the 18th century.
- Helps you to recover faster after strength training.
- Contains over 600 aromatic compounds.
- Has a global market of around $75 billion annually.
- Increases sales due to its intoxicating smell.
- The Snickers bar was named after the horse of the founders of the company.
How to take part
It’s simple – indulge in chocolate! Dairy chocolate or dark chocolate, with nuts or cookie crumbs – it doesn’t matter. Treat your friends and family with a sweet gift. If you are feeling adventurous, why not try cooking your own truffles – find out the best recipes online!
When is National Chocolate Day celebrated in 2023?
National Chocolate Day is observed on October 28 each year.