World Chocolate Day celebrated on 7th July is probably the best creation of mankind. If ever there was anything that everyone unanimously agreed upon, it would be about the delicious taste of chocolate. Chocolate, aside from mouthwashing, also acts as a perfect mood enhancer and has some amazing health benefits. Whether you prefer hot cocoa drinks, dark chocolate bars, gooey brownies or truffle cakes, Chocolate offers something for everyone.
Chocolate originated in Mesoamerica and the first fermented chocolate drink dates back to 450 BC. The word ‘chocolate’ is derived from the classical ‘Nahuatl’ word – Xocotl. The Aztecs were of the belief that cacao seed was a gift from the god of wisdom and it became so popular that it was used as currency. Personally, we wouldn’t trust that tradition!
Chocolate, as we know it now, is made from cacao beans or seeds from the Thiocoma cacao tree. The cacao plant produces a pod-like fruit in structure, with each pop containing 20-60 beans surrounded by sticky white pulp. To become the final product, it has to go through various stages of processing which include fermentation, drying, roasting and grinding.
Chocolate was initially consumed only in beverage form and was quite bitter to taste. Once a drink called ‘chilet’ was made by mixing it with spices and corn puree. It was believed to give strength to the drinker and acted as a powerful aphrodisiac.
Fun Fact: In the 20th century, chocolate was considered an essential ration for United States soldiers. World Chocolate Day has been celebrated globally since 2009 on 7 July and some even believe that it commemorates the day chocolate was introduced to Europe in 1550. to celebrate this holiday properly only Way There are all kinds of chocolate-filled delights.