Chocolate Day-9th February
Every year 9th February is celebrated as the chocolate day across the world. February 9 is commemorated as the chocolate day by the chocoholics to show their love for the tasty and delicious cocoa treat.
Chocolate day marks the third day of the romantic Valentine week. For more than 200 years chocolate has been loved and adorned by people across the world. Scientists are of the opinion that chocolates in moderate amount, is beneficial for heart and lowers your blood pressure. Chocolates have theobromine that has mood elevating qualities and promotes the release of endorphins.
History of Chocolates:
‘The Mayans harvested cocoa bean from rain forests and worshiped the intoxicating substance as an idol. The Aztecs also held the bean in high regard, using it for currency. They also used it to create a luxury drink. Christopher Columbus became the first European to discover cocoa during his fourth voyage to the New World. He returned to Europe with the beans, but they were overlooked for other treasures.
The Europeans would sweeten and fatten the foodstuffs made from the cocoa beans, adding sugar and milk. These ingredients were unknown to the South Americans. The Europeans did not add cocoa to their everyday diet, but used it only as a fancy dessert.’
It was in 1760 that the Baker Chocolate Company was founded in Dorchester, Mass., by James Baker and John Hannon. Baker named his products as Baker’s Chocolates. The year 1800 is known for the rise of a multitude of chocolate companies such as Cadbury, Nestle, etc.
Briton John Cadbury formulated a remarkable process of making solid chocolate and became the pioneer in making first chocolate bar.
During 1900, Milton S. Hershey introduced his wonderful version of chocolate bars and called it as the Hershey kiss. It was the beginning of what later on became the chocolate empire for ‘the Hershey Family’.
The tradition of celebrating chocolate day started in the United States where people started wishing each other-‘happy chocolate day’ on twitter.
Express s your love and concern for your loved ones on this chocolate day and send them delicious mouth-watering chocolates. Happy chocolate day!!!