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The Rich History Of Chocolate And How It Came To Be Associated With Celebrations

For many people, chocolate is the go-to comfort food. Whether it’s a sweet and creamy Milky Way or a crunchy Snickers, there’s just something about this indulgent treat that makes us feel happy. Chocolate is such a universal favorite that we even have a day dedicated to celebrating it!

So in this blog, we will share why do we celebrate chocolate day? How do people celebrate it? And other chocolate day celebration and lastly some of the best facts for it. Let’s take a closer look.

On July 7, people all over the world go through their cabinets and indulge in some chocolate. World Chocolate Day is a perfect reason to indulge in the pleasures of cocoa, whether it be dark, milk, or white chocolate. Try a familiar flavor or experiment with some new ones!

What makes World Chocolate Day special?

It’s difficult to pinpoint the precise reason why July 7 was selected as the day to celebrate chocolate, but according to Wired Magazine, it can be linked to the day in 1550 when considerable quantities of cocoa were first introduced to Europe. According to some accounts, Christopher Colombus may have brought cocoa to Spain even earlier, around 1504, but for years the elite had a stranglehold on it until it spread to the lower classes and became widely used.

Despite the fact that World Chocolate Day is typically observed on July 7, there is also International Chocolate Day, which is observed in the United States on September 13. Because Milton Hershey, who established the Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894, was born on this day, this event is held on that day.

In any case, World Chocolate Day is a relatively recent celebration, having only begun to be observed yearly in July of roughly 2009.

How is World Chocolate Day Celebrated?

of course, by consuming chocolate! The greatest way, in our opinion, to celebrate chocolate’s adaptability is to try a flavor combination you’ve never experienced before. Fruit and chocolate lovers can explore tropical flavors with our creamy and tangy Passion Fruit Chocolate or try a salted espresso martini, which is modeled after a cocktail, topped in our sweet and malty caramel chocolate for a more decadent treat.

For the purists, we have our single-origin chocolate collection in our rare and vintage collection, where you may indulge in certain cacao bean varieties in our expertly created chocolate bars. If you’re searching for a more mild flavor, the white chocolate from the Dominican Republic boasts 42 percent cocoa butter, giving it a deliciously creamy texture. If you want a savory taste, the deep fruitiness of our Ecuadorian 100% cocoa packs a punch.

If you’re a seasoned chocolate enthusiast, push the envelope by incorporating our chocolate into a savory dish. Melt a square of dark chocolate into your spaghetti bolognese or chili con carne to give the traditional recipes a richer, deeper flavor.

Other chocolate-related celebration

Similar to how Americans celebrate International Chocolate Day on September 13 rather than July 7, other nations have also selected various dates to honor their love of chocolate. World Chocolate Day is observed on July 11 in Latvia, a few days after Ghana, the second-largest cocoa producer in the world, observes its own chocolate day on February 14.

Though if you need more reasons to love chocolate, each type of chocolate has its own day of celebration, so don’t worry if you can’t travel to participate in chocolate days throughout the world. On January 10, Dark Chocolate Day, on July 28, Milk Chocolate Day, and on September 22, White Chocolate Day, the summer season comes to a close. There is even an office chocolate day on October 20 where you are expected to bring chocolate treats in for your coworkers if you still haven’t satisfied your chocolate craving by then.

Take this chance to broaden your chocolate horizons and sample some different flavors on World Chocolate Day. If you can’t decide, try one of our chocolate boxes, where you’ll find intriguing new flavors tucked among your old favorites like delicious champagne truffles and salted caramel. It’s World Chocolate Day, after all, so get creative and make some Mexican hot chocolate with cinnamon and a dash of chili, add some cocoa nibs for a salty bite to your brownies, or go all out and make authentic Mole sauce.

World Chocolate Day is observed on July 7. However, if we had our way, every day would be National Chocolate Day!

According to tradition, the first time chocolate was introduced to Europe was on July 7, 1550.
Here are seven interesting chocolate facts to commemorate World Chocolate Day:

1. Chocolate Coins in Ancient Maya
The Mayans are credited with discovering chocolate, and your favorite bar might have been worth its weight in gold back then!
Instead of using coins as money, the ancient Maya traded and bartered commodities, like many other early civilizations. However, cacao beans have only lately been found to have been used as money by the Mayan civilization.

2. The Health Benefits of Chocolate
Happy news: chocolate has health benefits. The prevailing consensus is that chocolate’s health benefits increase with its cocoa content.
According to recent studies, dark chocolate may be beneficial for boosting our immune systems, decreasing inflammation, and stimulating our brains! This is due to the presence of antioxidants such as flavonoids, catechins, and polyphenol antioxidants, among others.
If you ask us, this sounds like the ideal excuse to treat yourself to a night of rest and healing by indulging in some chocolate while you take a bubble bath flavored with Chocolate Fudge Cake. It’s beneficial to your health, after all!

3. Chocolate Is Delicious To The Mouth
Have you ever questioned why chocolate is so irresistibly delicious?
Because chocolate melts at a temperature just below that of human blood, it is so utterly delicious. Dark chocolate will melt in your mouth, whereas milk chocolate will likely melt in your hand due to its higher quantities of cocoa butter.
In the summer, don’t you like gooey, melting chocolate? Instead, satisfy your chocolate craving with our Chocolate Fudge Cake bath & body products.

4. Use chocolate when you can
Belgium is well known for its delectable chocolates. Therefore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that Belgium printed over 500,000 postage stamps in 2013 that smelt like cocoa and were varnished to resemble chocolate.
Even the special glue used on the stamps had a chocolate flavor to it.
We would write a lot more love letters and send snail mail to all of our pen pals instead of texting if there were more chocolate-scented and flavored stamps available.

5. Chocolate to Power Up
Similar to claims that chocolate is excellent for your health, it may also improve your focus, memory, and resistance to mental aging.
Researchers from the University of Nottingham discovered in 2012 that eating dark chocolate can increase blood flow to specific brain regions. This boost from chocolate immediately improves task performance and alertness in general.

Finally:

The history of chocolate is a long and delicious one, dating back to the Mayan and Aztec empires. Today, we celebrate World Chocolate day because it’s a sweet reminder of all the ways chocolate makes our lives better. From antioxidants to mood boosters, there are plenty of reasons to indulge in some chocolate every day. At IIHM, we love chocolate just as much as you do! In honor of World Chocolate day, come visit us for a sweet treat. We have everything from dark chocolate truffles to hot cocoa made with real Belgian chocolate. See you soon!

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