World Chocolate Day: History, curiosities and more.

World Chocolate Day 2023

The guide to World Chocolate Day: History, curiosities and more.

Let yourself be tempted by the desire for sweetness and join us in celebrating the delicious world of chocolate on this World Chocolate Day !

Introduction to World Chocolate Day

World Chocolate Day , celebrated on July 7 each year, is a special occasion to honor one of the world's most beloved desserts : chocolate. This day is the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in history, discover new recipes and appreciate the unique taste of this delicacy. World Chocolate Day is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of chocolate and its cultural impact around the world. During this day, chocolatiers, producers and chocolate lovers come together to share their passion for this decadent delight. It is a celebration that allows everyone to enjoy chocolate in all its forms, from sweet desserts to savory dishes, demonstrating the versatility of this extraordinary ingredient.

The history of World Chocolate Day

World Chocolate Day was established in 2009. The date is clear and corresponds to the day on which the English chocolatier Joseph Fry invented the breakable and bitable bar: 7 July 1847. Today, chocolate is loved and appreciated throughout the world. world, with a wide range of variations and products available to satisfy all tastes and preferences.

But the history of chocolate and derivative products is incredible and compelling. We reveal some dates and curiosities.

Curiosities about chocolate

  • The term "chocolate" comes from the Aztec word "xocoatl" , which means "bitter water".
  • Cocoa is native to tropical regions of the Americas, including Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.
  • Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that may contribute to better heart health.
  • The Mayans believed that cocoa was a gift from the gods and also used it for ceremonial and religious purposes.
  • Switzerland is famous for its chocolate production and has the highest amount of per capita consumption in the world.
  • Hot chocolate was a popular drink in European royal courts in the 18th century.
  • White chocolate does not contain solid cocoa, but is made with cocoa butter, sugar and milk.
  • Chocolate can also be used in several cooking recipes, such as sauces, marinades and even savory dishes such as cocoa chicken.
  • The praline was invented in 1857 by a Belgian pharmacist. To hide the taste of the medicines he covered them with a light layer of chocolate. From this intuition, a few years later, the original Belgian praline took shape.
  • The milk chocolate it was invented in 1875 by Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter, who added powdered milk to chocolate to make it creamier and sweeter.
  • Gianduiotto was born at the 1865 carnival in Turin. The story is a bit disputed between Talmone and Caffarel. In both cases it is named in honor of Gianduia, the traditional Piedmontese mask.
  • In 2014, the first modular praline in the world was born in Turin. It is we at Shockino who have invented an unexpected evolution of a great classic.

Health Benefits of Chocolate

In addition to being delicious, chocolate also offers a number of health benefits. The cocoa in dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants , which may help protect cells from oxidative stress and reduce the risk of heart disease. Some studies have also suggested that moderate consumption of dark chocolate may have positive effects on blood pressure and brain function. Dark chocolate can also improve mood, thanks to the presence of chemicals such as phenylethylamine and serotonin, which can stimulate the production of endorphins in the brain.

However, it is important to consume chocolate in moderation, as it is still a caloric food and can contribute to weight gain if consumed in excess. To get the maximum health benefits, opt for dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content possible and limit your consumption of milk chocolate or white chocolate, which may contain more sugar and less cocoa.

Chocolate themed events and festivals

World Chocolate Day is also the perfect opportunity to mark your calendar with chocolate-themed events and festivals around the world. These events offer the opportunity to discover new products, participate in tastings, take part in cooking classes and meet expert chocolatiers.

Some of the most famous chocolate festivals:

  • Salon du Chocolat in Paris , France: One of the largest chocolate events in the world, attracting chocolatiers, pastry chefs, producers and chocolate enthusiasts from around the world.
  • Eurochocolate in Perugia , Italy: A chocolate festival held annually in Perugia, featuring events, exhibitions and chocolate tastings. Also this year Shockino will participate in the winter edition of Bastia Umbra.
  • Chocolate Festival in London , UK: A chocolate festival celebrating chocolate culture, with tastings, cooking classes and demonstrations.
  • Big Chocolate Show in New York , United States: An event dedicated to chocolate, with tastings, demonstrations, cooking classes and much more.
  • Chocolate Week in Melbourne, Australia : An entire week dedicated to chocolate, with events, tastings, exhibitions and much more.

Conclusions: Why World Chocolate Day matters

World Chocolate Day is a day to celebrate chocolate in its various forms and to appreciate its history, culture and taste. It is an opportunity to share your passion for chocolate with others and to discover new recipes, products and events linked to this extraordinary ingredient.

Chocolate is much more than just a dessert: it is a symbol of joy, sharing and love. World Chocolate Day reminds us of the importance of taking time for ourselves to enjoy the little things that make us happy, like a piece of chocolate. So, on the occasion of World Chocolate Day, treat yourself to a moment of sweetness and enjoy the pleasure of chocolate in all its forms.

Photo by Polina Tankilevitch

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