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World Chocolate Day 2021

World Chocolate Day, also known as International Chocolate Day, takes place on July 7 to celebrate chocolate, one of humanity’s greatest creations. The silky, rich, and smooth taste of chocolate has the power to bind all our lace that can be sworn by it. Chocolate is not only one of the most delicious and versatile foods available to us, but it also has many health benefits. World Chocolate Day declares for celebrating this delicious, healthy, and wonderful treat.

World Chocolate Day is an opportunity to broaden your chocolate horizons and try new flavors. If you’re having a hard time making up your mind, try a box of chocolates. Here you’ll find exciting new flavors surrounded by classics favorites like salted caramel and delicious champagne truffles. Or make Mexican hot chocolate with a dash of cinnamon and chili and whisk, sprinkle brownies with cacao nibs for a salty touch, or go all out to make a traditional mole sauce. After all, it is World Chocolate Day!

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History of World Chocolate Day

It is difficult to pin down why July 7 was chosen as the day to appreciate chocolate, but according to Wired magazine, it dates back to July 7, 1550, when cocoa was first brought in large quantities to Europe. There are reports that Christopher Columbus may have brought cocoa to Spain much earlier, around 1504, but aristocrats had monopolized cocoa for centuries and then fell into the lower classes.

World Chocolate Day is most commonly celebrated on July 7, but there is also International Chocolate Day on September 13 in the United States. The event will take place on this particular day as it is the birthday of Milton Hershey, who founded the Hershey Chocolate Company in 1894.

The Hershey Chocolate Factory, Hershey, PA, circa 1925
The Hershey Chocolate Factory, Hershey, PA, circa 1925

In any case, World Chocolate Day is a pretty modern event, as people start celebrating around the world from 2009 every year.

Other Chocolate Day Celebrations

Just as Americans celebrate International Chocolate Day on September 13 instead of July 7, other countries have chosen to celebrate their love of chocolate on different days. Ghana, the world’s second largest cocoa producer, celebrates its own Chocolate Day on February 14, while Latvia celebrates World Chocolate Day on July 11, a few days after us.

Don’t worry if you can’t travel to attend Chocolate Day around the world. Each type of chocolate has its day of celebration as if you need more reasons to appreciate chocolate. The dark chocolate day ends post-Christmas cold on January 10, milk chocolate day ends July 28, and the white chocolate day ends September 22. If you haven’t satisfied your chocolate cravings by then, you can share in chocolate products with your colleagues, October 20 at Office Chocolate Day.

Importance of Chocolate Day

Chocolate is one of the most popular flavors in the world and is probably the most beloved flavor on seven continents. This magic bean has been consumed by humans since 1900 BC. C. and has been an integral part of the Aztec and Mayan civilization and culture. Europeans combined it with milk and sugar, and the Industrial Revolution and mass production started the modern age of chocolate. It started in the Americas, but today the small African country of Côte d’Ivoire produces 30% of the world’s cocoa. Everyone loves it, the recipes are endless and July 4 is celebrated as World Chocolate Day.

Cocoa Plan, Divo, Cote d'Ivoire world chocolate day impodays
Cocoa Plan, Divo, Cote d’Ivoire

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Most of people don’t need a special day to enjoy the rich, creamy glory of chocolate, but world Chocolate Day gives us another reason to consume this delicious cake in bulk. It is celebrated mainly by individuals, local confectioneries and bakeries, independent chocolatiers, and large candy companies. From 15-minute milk chocolate puddings to luxurious meringues, tarts, layer cakes, soufflés, and mousses, there are plenty of delicious recipes on the internet. Everyone shares everything about chocolate, especially the food bloggers who often celebrate Field Day during this time to brush up on the best desserts in town and fondly remember their classic homemade favorites.

Chocolate festivals are held in candy stores and bakeries to invite loyal new customers to sample the fun of cooking. Mass producers like Hershey, Nestle, and Cadbury and organizations like the National Confectioners Association also seize the opportunity to celebrate great industries from around the world. Luxury manufacturers such as Ghirardelli, Godiva, and Neuhaus also host large-scale festivals and events for producers and consumers of this delicious pleasure food.

Dark chocolate also has many proven health benefits. It is the driving force behind antioxidants that neutralize free radicals produced by fat metabolism. This has some positive effects on your body, from improving cardiovascular health to preventing chronic disease. Not only does it lower blood pressure, but interestingly, it has also been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels. Finally, it is also associated with the release of endorphins, a pleasant hormone, which may explain why it is so well known and loved as a bad mood lifter. It is often mixed with other foods and flavors that can enhance flavor and improve health, such as mint, oranges, peanuts, almonds, and coconuts.

In short, World Chocolate helps you celebrate the multifaceted glory of chocolate, bake sales, making desserts, understanding chocolate, and just enjoying it.

How to Celebrate Chocolate Day

Make Chocolates at Home

Throw away the chocolates you bought from stores and try making them at home. You can buy a beginner’s chocolate-making kit online or offline, which comes with all the tools you need to make chocolate. Making chocolate is an art, and if you try it, you can excel at this art.

Visit a Chocolate Museum

Cologne Chocolate-Museum Germany world chocolate day
Cologne Chocolate-Museum Germany

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There is no better time than World Chocolate Day to visit the Chocolate Museum and explore its history and manufacturing methods. Visiting a place full of delicious chocolates of all kinds and tastes is like a dream come true.