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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY – October 28

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NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY

National Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on October 28.  While there are many chocolate related holidays throughout the year, National Chocolate Day is a day to celebrate all things chocolate.  As America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is well deserving of it’s own day of honor and celebration.  ( Some sources designater July 7 or December 28 as “Chocolate Day” or “International Chocolate Day”)

HOW IS CHOCOLATE MADE?

Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree.  Cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia, is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America.  The earliest known documentation of use, of cacao seeds, is around 1100 BC.  The cacao tree seed have a very intense bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are then dried, cleaned and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs.  The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass which is pure chocolate in rough form.   The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor.  The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

  • Unsweetened baking chocolate –  cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
  • Sweet chocolate –  cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
  • Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.
  • White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar and milk but no cocoa solids.

 RESEARCH HAS FOUND THAT CHOCOLATE, WHEN EATEN IN MODERATION, CAN LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE.

CELEBRATE

To celebrate National Chocolate Day, try one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://www.food.com/recipe/chocolate-lasagna-502197
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Fudge/Detail.aspx?evt19=1
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/No-Bake-Chocolate-Oat-Bars/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

Post on social media using #NationalChocolateDay to encourage others to do the same.

HISTORY

Our research has found that National Chocolate Day, an “unofficial” National holiday, was started by the National Confectioners Association.

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20 Responses to “NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY – October 28”

  1. victoria July 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    hey, its on my birthday!

  2. damali December 16, 2014 at 11:38 pm #

    Please envite me i like chocolate

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