National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
Celebrated on 16th December, the National Chocolate-covered Anything Day is perfect for the chocoholics who are waiting for opportunities to gobble up more things covered in chocolate.
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Why National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
Dark bitter or creamy sweet; it’s a divine blend of magic for every treat! Chocolates have mesmerized the old and young alike. Whether you are the happiest person in the world or you are downright depressed, a piece of chocolate is all you need. The sole object that can bring peace between enemies or cause enmity between comrades is nothing but a piece of chocolate! Here is some good news for you! You can coat absolutely anything you love with more love, a chocolate covering!
The origins of chocolate can be traced back to 450 BC, Mesoamerica( present-day North America), indigenous to the Cacao tree where the fermented version of Cacao beans was served as an alcoholic beverage. The Aztecs who later conquered parts of Mesoamerica rightly attributed it to divine origins. They believed that the Cacao seeds were a benevolent gift from the god of wisdom, Quetzalcoatl. The seeds were considered so valuable that they were used as a form of currency.
The Mayans also had a Cacao god, Ek Chuah and they believed that as a part of its production, god’s had to shed their blood on the Cacao pods. They were known to make a chocolate drink with roasted Cacao seed paste, chile peppers and cornmeal.
When Christopher Columbus brought home these beans, the Spaniards did not find anything divine about it, until it was introduced to the Spanish court. Once the mixture was sweetened by the addition of sugar or honey it became quite popular with the aristocrats and from then on went on a European tour.
Thanks to the advancement in science and technology! The labor-intensive processing that was dependent on poor wage laborers and African slaves was replaced by a mechanized process that reduced the prices drastically. The mechanic cocoa grinder invented by Walter Churchman, alkaline salt addition and the cocoa press invented by the Dutch chemist Coenraad Van Houten. The chocolate assumed its bar shape when J.S Fry and sons combined the fat separated from the bean with liquor and sugar in molds. And Finally, chocolate becomes affordable to all classes of people, what a joyous day!
All the chocoholics would unanimously agree that chocolate bars or drinks aren’t just enough to celebrate God’s gift to mankind. So why not cover everything and anything with chocolate? This day allows your imagination to go on a wild chocolate ride. Chocolate fountains were created for this very purpose. From Pretzels to beef tenderloin smothered in rosemary, chocolate, and wine sauce this day is going to be a festival of flavor for your taste buds!
How Can We Observe National Chocolate-covered Anything Day
- Whenever, wherever!
Get a mini chocolate fountain and cover your food with chocolate whenever and wherever you get the cravings for chocolate goodies.
- Go On a chocolate coating Spree
You can coat almost anything with chocolate! Fruits, bread, cakes and pies are the common candidates. Think out of the chocolate box and try out some new food items.
- Death By Chocolate, revived by sharing.
Celebrate with chocolate-covered goodies all day long!(Not advisable if you are a diabetic). Don’t forget to share your chocolate covered goodies with friends and family even though it’s against the code of conduct of Chocoholics.
- Support a Local Chocolatier
With the availability of commercial chocolates, the practice of making artistic and delicate chocolates have been overlooked in recent years. Show some love for your neighbour chocolatier and appreciate their work.
- Connect with the Chocoholics.
Share the photos and videos of your celebration using #NationalChocolatecoveredAnythingDay #ChocolatecoveredAnythingDay
Interesting Facts On National Chocolate-covered Anything Day:
Few interesting facts related to chocolate and its kingdom(the whole of the earth)
- The scientific name for the cocoa tree is Theobroma, which means food for gods.
- The Aztecs originally called the beans Cacao. It is said that the traders pronounced it wrongly as Cocoa.
- The inventor of Chocolate chip cookie, Ruth Wakefield traded her recipe in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolates.
- The Aztecs believed that the god Quetzacoatl evoked condemnation from other gods for sharing chocolate with mortals. Being a good god is a risky business!
- The Mayans used Cacao for official ceremonies, rituals, as medicine and even for marriage, where the bride and bridegroom exchanged cocoa seeds.
- In 1873 J.Fry created the chocolate easter eggs.
- The Nazis tried to plot a death by chocolate using an exploding chocolate bar to assassinate Winston Churchill during World War 2.
History On National Chocolate-covered Anything Day:
No, it’s not Thomas and Ruth Roy this time. The origin and the founder of this day still remain unknown.