World Chocolate Day

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World Chocolate Day History

World Chocolate Day is an annual observance that aims to celebrate one of the world's most beloved treats: chocolate. This day is meant to appreciate the incredible work of chocolate makers, growers, and artisans, as well as to highlight the socio-economic and cultural impacts of this industry on our lives. By participating in this day, individuals, businesses, and communities can come together to share their love of chocolate and give it the recognition it rightfully deserves.

The idea of World Chocolate Day dates back to 2009, though it gained momentum and global recognition in recent years. For Canadians, this observance bears a particular significance as the country is home to numerous renowned chocolatiers and chocolate makers, who contribute to the local economy and create a gourmet scene that Canadians are proud to showcase. Several chocolates from Canada have won international awards, placing the nation alongside global chocolate giants like Switzerland, Belgium, and France. This recognition highlights the importance of supporting home-grown talent on such occasions.

In Canada, World Chocolate Day is observed by businesses and individuals through various activities such as chocolate-themed events, promotions, tastings, and even workshops. Local chocolate boutiques, bakeries, and cafes often offer special deals in honor of the occasion or introduce limited-edition creations. This nationwide celebration of chocolate also includes a focus on sustainable and ethically sourced products, encouraging Canadian consumers to make informed choices. World Chocolate Day takes place on July 7th, offering a perfect opportunity for Canadians to indulge in their favorite treats, while supporting local artisans and promoting responsible 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.
  • Canadians love chocolate, with an average consumption of about 5.5 kg per person per year.
  • One of Canada's oldest chocolate factories, Ganong Bros., was established in 1873 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. Ganong is credited with inventing the chocolate nut bar. They have been producing chocolate and confections for over 145 years.

Top things to do in Canada 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 Cacao: The Gold of the Gods (2017). This short documentary by Horizon Films looks at the journey of cacao, from the farmlands of Belize to the popular Canadian chocolate company, Hummingbird Chocolate. The film reveals how the couple behind the company transformed their passion for chocolate into a thriving business.
  • Various cities and towns across Canada host chocolate-themed festivals on or around World Chocolate Day. Some popular ones include the Festival du Chocolat de Bromont in Quebec, Chocolate Lovers' Weekend in Yorkville, Toronto, and the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo in Toronto.

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