Chocolate is the treat that many people turn to when they’re looking for something sweet. It’s also a treat that’s been cultivated by humans for at least 3,000-years. Chocolate is also one of the most popular sweets in the world, and that’s probably why there’s a holiday that celebrates chocolate candy. A holiday that’s known as National Chocolate Candy Day and celebrated on December 28th. It’s a sweet holiday for a sweet treat that has earned its place in the hearts of people all over the world.
The History Of Chocolate
Since the history of National Chocolate Candy Day proves to be elusive, we decided to instead do a history of chocolate. And to understand where chocolate comes from, you first have to go all the way back to the Olmecs of southern Mexico. The Olmec were the first major civilization in Mexico and they lived in the tropical lowlands on the Gulf of Mexico in what is now known as Tabasco and Veracruz. They first appeared approximately 3,600-years ago or about 1,600 BCE. They were making a drink using cacao nuts and undoubtedly passed this knowledge down to the Mayans.
In Mayan culture, chocolate was used in celebrations, to finalize important transactions, and for simply enjoying. It was served with just about every meal and was made with thick, frothy, and combined with other ingredients that may have included everything from water, to honey and chili peppers. To the Aztecs, chocolate was also an important food, and they believed it was given to them by the gods. They also enjoyed it as a drink, just like the Mayans did, and even used cacao beans for currency.
The next chapter in chocolate’s history isn’t as clear as we would’ve liked it to be as there are several different reports of how chocolate managed to make it to Europe from the Americas. Some people say that Christopher Columbus brought cacao beans back to Spain, and other people believe that Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes did. Regardless of which story you choose to believe, one thing is for sure, by the 16th century, chocolate had made it to Spain. And it wouldn’t be long after that that the love of chocolate would spread all over Europe and eventually the U.S.
Observing National Chocolate Candy Day
Anyone who has to ask how to celebrate National Chocolate Candy Day isn’t truly a fan of chocolate. After all, the only real way to enjoy this holiday is by treating yourself, your friends, and your family to some of the best chocolate candy that you can afford. It doesn’t matter what type of chocolate candy you enjoy, just be sure to enjoy it. While you’re enjoying this holiday, don’t forget to post on social media using the hashtag #NationalChocolatgeCandyDay to spread the word about it.
When is National Chocolate Candy Day?
|This year (2022)||December 28 (Wednesday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Next year (2023)||December 28 (Thursday)||Multiple dates - more|
|Last year (2021)||December 28 (Tuesday)||Multiple dates - more|