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July 7th is Chocolate Day
you're looking for something to do today then get ready for a sugar
overload because it's Chocolate Day! It's like Valentine's Day,
only hotter! Let's get right into celebrating Chocolate Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Well, it appears that this is the day way back in 1550 when
chocolate was first introduced to Europeans. Even though it was
available before then in other places, it's a special date and the
reason today was chosen. But why celebrate chocolate? Really? This has
to be one of the most loved flavors out there! Chocolate is pretty much
everything; it's like a sugary virus that keeps spreading. So many
people love it in so many different ways that it just has to be
celebrated. Chocolate has been cultivated from cacao trees for
thousands of years in Central and South America. They used it as an
ingredient in food and was made into a drink even more often. They
might have even used the white pulp around the cacao beans for making
an alcoholic beverage with fermented sugars. Once European settlers
started coming to America a spicy drink called xocoatl popped up. It
was a chocolate drink that was spiced up with vanilla, chili pepper,
and annatto. It was supposed to keep you from being tired.
cacao beans were so valuable at the time that they were often used as
currency in Mesoamerica. The Aztecs even paid their taxes with them.
Don't you wish you could do that? And oddly enough, in South America
and European cultures, they also used it to treat diarrhea. But it
wasn't until the 16th century that Europeans really got to experience
this drink as a whole. The Spanish had to come in and beat on the
Aztecs a bit before it was ever imported back to Europe. And it wasn't
until 1847 that the first form of solid chocolate was made by J.S. Fry
& Sons. What a delicious journey!
So, how can you celebrate today? Well, it's pretty dang easy
since chocolate is everywhere! You can go to a restaurant, have a great
meal and then order up something chocolate for dessert. Or you could
even go to your local grocery store and check out the bakery for some
fresh chocolate treats. Plus you could hit up a candy store or check
out the candy as you're about to check out at the grocery store. The
possibilities are endless! And if you're creative you can get a
bunch of chocolate and start trying to come up with wonderful new
creations. Like for instance, you could melt down chocolate and cover
different treats in it to see if chocolate tastes good with it. Get
creative! Why don't you toast some bread, cut it into cubes like
croutons and then cover it in chocolate? Do you think that'd taste
good? What about chocolate covered beef jerky? How about some chocolate
covered chocolate chip cookies? Try it with anything you want!
And then you can resist tasting the things yourself and instead
invite over friends and family. Hand them a plate of your mysterious
creations and have them try it without telling them what it is. Ask
them if they like it, tell them what it was and then try it yourself.
You might be amazed as to what tastes good... heck, chocolate covered
baked beans might be good, you never know! Have a great day and
don't overdose on chocolate!