Chocolate is the most popular sweet in the world. There is no age bar for chocolate cravings. People enjoy eating and making different types of chocolate. It’s unclear who came up with this flavorful food day. However, world chocolate day is celebrated on July 7th because it was on this date in 1550 that chocolate was first brought to Europe. The first World Chocolate Day was celebrated in 2009.People go to restaurants, taste varieties of chocolates and items made of chocolates, they try out cooking using chocolates and indulge their day into chocolates without any guilt.
The word “chocolate” comes from the Classical Nahuatl word chocolātl, of uncertain etymology, and entered the English language from the Spanish language. The history of chocolate began in Mesoamerica. As the popularity of chocolate spread, growers established plantations in other regions, such as West Africa and South and Southeast Asia. Today, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Indonesia and Brazil account for 79 percent of the world’s cacao production.
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As cacao tree seeds have a very intense, bitter taste, they must be fermented to develop the flavor. Once fermented, processors dry, clean and roast the beans. 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. At this point in the process, it is called chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor gets processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.
Most Common Types of Chocolate are unsweetened baking chocolate, sweet chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate. Unsweetened baking chocolate includes cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions, sweet chocolate involves cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar, milk chocolate in takes sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk and white chocolate comprises of cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids.
Most people love chocolate. In fact, nine out of ten people love chocolate. Studies found out that one billion people eat chocolate every day. There are some health benefits of chocolate along with tasting good. Chocolate increases serotonin and dopamine levels, which helps to boost the mood. Dark chocolate can also be especially good for you. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants, plus it helps to improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
One can take up some tasks on this yummy day by visiting your favorite place for having chocolates like chocolate milk, hot chocolate, chocolate candy bar, chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate wraps or anything covered in chocolate and posting your photo on medias using hash tags, learning a new chocolate recipe, discovering more about chocolate all over the world, creating a post or content on chocolate, attending any ongoing competition related to chocolates or simply you can grab a book on chocolate like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom, or The Chocolate Touch.
~ D Sinchana
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