Get Ready to Celebrate World Chocolate Day!

Get Ready to Celebrate World Chocolate Day!
What’s your favourite kind of chocolate? Is it smooth and velvety? Is it dark and rich in flavour? Does it depend on the day and how much of a chocolate fix you need? No worries, no one is judging. We’re only asking because we’re getting ready to celebrate World Chocolate Day on July 7th, the perfect day to enjoy chocolate just the way you like it!  International Chocolate Day is a yearly celebration of this delicious treat that everyone in the world loves (with maybe some minor exceptions), the core of the most scrumptious and widely-enjoyed desserts. It is linked to the introduction of chocolate in Europe around 1550 and is celebrated by the estimated 1 billion people who eat chocolate daily plus those who enjoy it occasionally.  Besides being satisfying and delectable, chocolate is also known for its health benefits. Chocolate, and dark chocolate, in particular, is known to have antioxidant properties, help lower blood pressure and regulate circulation, as well as improve your mood by boosting serotonin and dopamine levels. Which, let’s face it, is awesome because you get to not only savour its great taste but also improve your wellbeing while you are at it. It doesn’t get much better than this!  Ever wondered what the main difference between dark chocolate and milk chocolate is? It is, of course, in the ingredients. Dark chocolate contains no milk or butter and has a higher percentage of cocoa, while milk chocolate typically contains milk powder and less cocoa. Both dark and milk chocolate can also contain nuts, fruit, salts, syrups, and even spices.    

Facts You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Chocolate 🍫

  • The tree that makes cocoa beans is called “Theobroma Cacao”, namely “food of the gods.”
  • Cacao trees make marketable beans for the first 25 years of their lives but continue to grow for hundreds of years after.
  • One kilogram of chocolate is made from about 900 cocoa beans.
  • One regular serving of milk chocolate contains the same amount of caffeine a cup of decaf coffee does.
  • The largest producer of cocoa in the world is Cote d’Ivoire. It produces about 40% of the world’s supply.
  • Chocolate manufacturers mostly outsource their cocoa beans from cocoa farms.
  • Cacao beans were used as currency by early Mesoamericans. That’s how valuable they were considered!
  • Benjamin Franklin also sold chocolate in his Philadelphia print shop.
  • Unfortunately, chocolate is not good for dogs or cats and, as much as you love them, this is one treat you should not share.
🍪 Whether it's a chocolate cake, a muffin, or a brownie, these chocolate recipes will have you drooling for more! 🍪