World Chocolate Day
World Chocolate Day is another holiday that many people will want to observe. This day is observed annually on July 7th and encourages everyone to learn more about chocolate, use chocolate in their cooking, and, most importantly, eat chocolate. Any holiday that encourages people to eat chocolate is okay in our book, and this is going to be a holiday that we’re definitely going to celebrate.
After all, who doesn’t need another excuse to eat chocolate? The only question is: what type of chocolate are we going to enjoy? Unfortunately, that question isn’t very easy to answer. That’s because there are about a million different ways to enjoy chocolate, and they’re all delicious!
The History of World Chocolate Day
Chocolate can be traced back thousands of years to Mesoamerica. This is where the first cacao trees were cultivated. One of the civilizations that used the fruit from these trees includes the Olmec civilization of southern Mexico. They cultivated these trees around 1,500 BCE.
They were also cultivated by the Aztec and Mayan civilizations. All of these civilizations had one thing in common: they all believed that cacao had not only medicinal properties but also mystical ones. During the 16th century, Spanish conquistadors visited the Americas for the first time.
When they came across early Mesoamerican cultures, they discovered cacao and began to develop a taste for it. As a result, they brought cacao back to Europe, where it would be consumed as a bitter beverage. It wouldn’t be until the 17th century when sugar was affordable enough for it to be added to chocolate to make something that was more palatable and sweeter.
By the mid-17th century, the first chocolate house had opened in London; by the end of the century, chocolate had become popular across Europe. Over the years, chocolate refining and production would increase, and by the 19th century, chocolate was being mass-produced in various forms.
Nowadays, chocolate is consumed by people all over the world and is one of the most popular sweets that humans enjoy. This holiday was supposedly created in 2009 to commemorate the anniversary of the introduction of chocolate to Europe during the mid-16th century.
We’re not actually sure if that’s the case or not, however. It could just be an Internet rumor. What we do know is that this is just one of many other chocolate holidays that exist on the calendar.
There is National Chocolate Day on October 28th, World Chocolate Day observed in Latvia on July 11th, Chocolate Day observed on July 7th, International Chocolate Day on September 13th, National Milk Chocolate Day on July 28th, National Cocoa Day on December 13th, National Hot Chocolate Day on January 31st, and National White Chocolate Day on September 22nd. Now, that’s a lot of different chocolate holidays.
Observing World Chocolate Day
There are many different ways to observe World Chocolate Day, and in our opinion, they’re all sweet! People can make chocolate brownies, cakes, or muffins; enjoy a chocolate shake; or use chocolate syrup on ice cream.
They can also spread the word about this holiday on the Internet using the hashtag #WorldChocolateDay. Can you think of any delicious ways to observe this holiday? We bet you can, and we bet everyone else reading about this holiday will be able to figure out a way to observe this day as well.