Chocolate Day is celebrated every year on February 9 as a part of the Valentine’s Week celebrations in India. On this day, loved ones gift each other chocolates and hope that their relationship always remains sweet. Chocolates are some of the most well-loved delicacies. It has enjoyed unwavering popularity. Chocolates can be consumed as a drink, an edible bar, in desserts, or even as a flavoring. Chocolates are a favorite among children and adults alike. Chocolate Day is celebrated in some form or the other throughout the year but this day is a celebration of chocolates being used as gifts between lovers.
History of Chocolate Day
The history of chocolate consumption goes back around 2,500 years. The Aztecs had recently discovered liquid chocolate and believed that the god of wisdom, Quetzalcoatl, had blessed them with it. Cocoa seeds were considered so valuable that they were even used as a form of currency. Back in those days, flavorings in chocolate were scarce and it was consumed as a bitter drink. Chocolates would in fact be sugar-free until the 16th century when Europeans started adding sugar to them. This made chocolate more palatable and quickly caught on in the markets. It became one of many households’ favorite treats.
Many popular present-day chocolate companies started their operations in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Cadbury was founded in England in 1868 and today it is one of the leading chocolate brands. 25 years later Milton S Hershey started Hershey’s which is now one of the biggest and best-known chocolate brands in the world. Nestlé began its operations in the 1860s and has branched out to become one of the largest food conglomerates in the world. What started off as a drink took shape into a currency and has today become one of the biggest industries that not only generates incomes and employees hundreds of thousands of people across the world but produces food items that are loved by so many of us! Chocolate Day also celebrates the incredible versatility of this food ingredient.
On Chocolate Day lovers give each other heart-shaped chocolates as a symbol of love. Gifting chocolates to loved ones removes all the tensions and sorrows and improves the sweetness of the relationship.
Chocolate Day timeline
The Aztecs use cocoa beans to buy goods.
The Spanish mix their chocolate with sugar and honey to sweeten it.
The invention of the chocolate press and molds revolutionizes chocolate production.
It is first made by confectioner Daniel Peter.
Chocolate Day FAQs
Is it good to eat chocolate every day?
The daily allowance for adult men and women without health problems is 1.06 to 1.76 ounces of dark chocolate every day. With high physical exertion, an increase in the norm by 1.5 times is allowed. Doctors recommend eating milk and white chocolate — no more than 0.71 ounces per day.
What does chocolate do to your body?
Chocolate is believed to contain high levels of antioxidants. Some studies have suggested chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline. Chocolate contains a large number of calories. People who are seeking to lose or maintain weight should eat chocolate only in moderation.
Can I eat chocolate and still lose weight?
While chocolate is more frequently associated with gaining weight than with dropping a few unwanted pounds, the truth is that you can actually lose weight with chocolate. As with most things in life, moderation is the key to an effective chocolate weight loss plan.
Chocolate Day Activities
Enjoy all things chocolate
On Chocolate Day treat yourself to chocolate flavored cakes, pastries, drinks, ice creams, and more. Don’t hesitate to indulge yourself!
Gift chocolate to those you love
Since Chocolate Day is a part of Valentine’s Week celebrations, celebrate the day by gifting chocolates to those you love. They will love the surprise.
Have a chocolate-themed breakfast
Start Chocolate Day with a chocolate-themed breakfast. Chocolate cereals, chocolate pancakes, chocolate milk, or chocolate muffins - the choices are endless.
5 Facts About Chocolate That Will Blow Your Mind
In Mayan times, cacao beans were used as currency and were worth more than gold dust.
It took eight years to develop the recipe for milk chocolate.
It takes about 400 cacao beans to make just one pound of chocolate.
To’ak chocolate is a 1.76-ounce chocolate bar that costs a whopping $260 per bar.
Chocolate with bling
A Lebanese chocolatier and Harrods have collaborated to make Swarovski studded chocolates — $10,000.
Why We Love Chocolate Day
It’s a way to express love
Chocolate Day is a way to express love to our friends and family. A simple gift of chocolate can convey your love to those you want to express it to.
A day to indulge
We are careful about our diets but Chocolate Day is a day of indulgence. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself and binge on every chocolate-flavored food that you love.
It’s everyone’s favorite
Chocolate is everyone’s favorite flavor. Chocolate Day celebrates the versatility of the ingredient and how it has remained popular over the centuries.
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