World Chocolate Day

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2024 DateJuly 7, 2024
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World Chocolate Day History

World Chocolate Day is dedicated to appreciating one of the world's most beloved treats - chocolate. The observance is observed globally and aims to promote awareness of the culinary and cultural significance, as well as the numerous health benefits, of chocolate. It brings together chocolate aficionados, food enthusiasts, and industry professionals to share, celebrate, and indulge in various chocolate-themed events and festivities.

While there isn't a specific origin of World Chocolate Day, it is believed to have been established in recognition of the introduction of chocolate to Europe in the late 16th century. For Americans, chocolate holds a special connection since Milton Hershey, an American confectioner, established the Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894, which became synonymous with chocolate in the United States. Today, chocolate is an integral part of American culture, with an estimated $22 billion spent on chocolate products annually in the country.

In America, World Chocolate Day is observed in various ways, including indulging in personal chocolate favorites, trying new and unique chocolate-infused recipes, and visiting local chocolatiers and chocolate-themed attractions. Events such as chocolate tastings, workshops, and themed parties are also organized to celebrate this day. Social media platforms witness engagement in sharing chocolate recipes, images, and experiences. However, it is important to note that World Chocolate Day is celebrated on different dates in some countries. For the United States, July 7th is recognized as World Chocolate Day, marking a day dedicated to the delights of chocolate consumption.

World Chocolate Day facts

  • The trees that cacao comes from are known as the Theobroma Cacao. The name means food of the gods in Greek. These trees are native to the Amazon and Orinoco river in South America.
  • The cacao pods within cacao seeds are typically harvested by hand. This is due to their fragile nature as machines could injure the trees.
  • Chocolate was consumed as a liquid, not a solid, for 90% of its history.
  • According to livescience, several countries accounted for about 79% of the worlds cacao production in 2018: Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Indonesia, and Brazil.

Top things to do in the US for World Chocolate Day

  • Visit a candy shop or confectionery store and purchase chocolate. They may be offering specials or deals to celebrate the day.
  • Invite friends over for a night of sweets. Have everyone bring their favorite chocolate treats and share among one another.
  • Watch a movie about chocolate. Here are our suggestions:
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
    Chocolat - One taste is all it takes (2000)
    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
  • Visit Hershey's Chocolate World, Hershey, Pennsylvania: This is a chocolate-themed family attraction with interactive museum, shows, shopping, and dining.

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