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Jan Harris
Deputy Group Editor
12:00 AM 6th July 2024
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Celebrating World Chocolate Day

 
Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash
Photo by Towfiqu barbhuiya on Unsplash
There seems to be a special day for almost everything so why not have a special day for chocolate, which I think is a favourite with most people. Who doesn't like or even love chocolate?

Image by Stefan Kuhn from Pixabay
Image by Stefan Kuhn from Pixabay
Every 7 July is devoted to chocolate and gets the name of World Chocolate Day. Chocolate comes in varying varieties be it milk, plain, white or even mixed with various flavours. It can be a luxury enjoyed on its own or in numerous delicious desserts.

History of Chocolate

About 2,500 years ago the Aztecs discovered liquid chocolate and used cocoa seeds as currency. It is thought that the cocoa bean plant (known as Cacao) had been growing wild for over 10,000 years. The chocolate drink was not like our present day chocolate as sugar had not been introduced so it was quite a bitter drink sometimes mixed with herbs and spices.

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay
Image by congerdesign from Pixabay
Some facts about chocolate

Chocolate was brought to Europe in 1550
The first World Chocolate Day was celebrated in 2009
About 1 billion people eat chocolate every day
Nine out of ten people love chocolate
Hot chocolate was the first chocolate treat
Chocolate can be good for you especially dark chocolate
Chocolate increases serotonin and dopamine levels which boost your mood
Dark chocolate is a source of antioxidants which improve blood flow, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease


Image by congerdesign from Pixabay
Image by congerdesign from Pixabay
So why not indulge yourself in chocolate and celebrate in style on World Chocolate Day!