National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day is on April 21, and we’re here to help you celebrate the day amazingly. Do you know that it has been almost 600 years since cashews were first discovered? Chocolate is something we all love, and one of the ways to make it even better is to add yet another thing that we absolutely adore — cashews! Though chocolate is enjoyed with a variety of options of nuts like peanuts, almonds, apricots, National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day is dedicated to the pleasing combination of chocolate with cashews and celebrates these tasteful treats that are enjoyed by people of all ages.
History of National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
Chocolate is said to have originated in Mesoamerica, where the Aztecs are said to have grown cacao plants, from which they made chocolate. It is believed that the Aztecs drank chocolate as part of rituals. Some even say that it was an ingredient in medicines. The Mayans even referred to chocolate as the drink of the gods. In those times chocolate was not eaten as solid food, nor was it sweet. It was consumed in liquid form and was ‘unsweetened,’ giving it a bitter taste.
Later in the early 1500s, Hernán Cortés, an explorer from Spain, introduced chocolate to Spain. It is said that Cortés was on a visit to Mesoamerica when a Mayan emperor gifted Cortés a cup of cocoa. Cortés then sowed cocoa seeds in his hometown and thus the cocoa plantation rose to prominence in Spain. The Spaniards added sugar and honey to overcome the bitter taste of cocoa. Many years later, chocolate traveled to Europe and was a popular drink among the monarchs and aristocrats.
Cashews are said to have been discovered in Brazil in the 1500s. The word ‘cashew’ is said to have come from the Tupi Indian word ‘Acaju,’ which means, ‘a but.’ When it was first discovered they were thought to be inedible, as the outer shell consists of an irritable acid. The natives of Tupi-Indian tribes taught the Europeans that it was the fruit skin and not the seeds that were acidic and they also taught them how to eat cashews by roasting them.
In the 1900s, many companies such as Nestle started mass producing chocolate with nuts like cashews and peanuts and it soon became a favorite snack among people of all ages.
Though the exact origin of National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day is not known, the day has been celebrated by millions every year on April 21 to give recognition to the delicious combination of chocolate with nuts.
National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day timeline
The Aztecs start growing cacao plants and drinking chocolates.
Cashews are discovered by Europeans in Brazil.
Companies like Nestle popularize chocolate-covered nuts.
National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day is created as a dedication to these tasty treats.
National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day FAQs
For how long can you store chocolate-covered cashews?
Chocolate-covered cashews can be stored for up to two weeks. Chocolate-covered cashews can be made easily and stored and hence people often store them as snacks.
Do chocolate-covered cashews make you fat?
If taken in moderation, chocolate-covered cashews are not going to make you fat. Cashews are packed with flavonoids and are shown to improve vascular function which prevents inflammation. Chocolate Covered Cashews are to be enjoyed as a part of a healthy and active lifestyle.
Does chocolate get taxed?
Candy, chocolate, chocolate-covered nuts are taxed at the full rate of sales and local tax. However, chocolates sold through vending machines are not taxed at the full rate. Rather, they are subject to sales tax of 3%. There have been attempts to exempt food and groceries stores, but the attempts have been futile.
How To Celebrate National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day
Eat your favorite chocolate-covered cashews
What better way to celebrate National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day than to eat your favorite chocolate-covered nuts. Grab some cashew Snickers or Bogatchis. The choice is yours!
Share it on social media
Let everyone know the importance of the day, and that you're celebrating it. Take a few pictures of you enjoying some delicious chocolaty nuts and post them on your social media page. This will motivate them to eat chocolate-covered nuts and celebrate the day too!
Give chocolates to someone
Chocolates are something that only gets sweeter when shared. Do a good deed and give boxes of chocolates to a foster home or an old-age home nearby. If this is too elaborate for you, simply donate chocolates within the community. This would be one of the best ways to celebrate National Chocolate Covered Nut Day.
5 Facts About Chocolate That Will Blow Your Mind
The name originates from 'xocoatl'
Chocolate is said to have derived from the Aztec word 'xocoatl,' which referred to the drink made from cacao beans.
It is the food of the gods
'Theobroma cacao,' the Latin name for the cacao plant roughly translates to 'the food of the Gods.'
Joseph Fry created the chocolate bar
Fry is said to be the first person who made the first-ever solid chocolate bar.
It was used as currency
According to a 16th-century Aztec document, chocolate was once used as currency in Latin America.
Rudolph Lindt created the conching machine
Lindt, the founder of Lindt chocolates, is said to have designed the first-ever conching machine.
Why We Love National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day
It allows us to relish these tasty treats
National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day gives us a chance to relish delicious chocolate and cashews. We often get busy with our lives and forget to treat ourselves with something that we love. This day is a day to keep stress aside and indulge in some nutty chocolaty cashews.
It gives recognition to chocolate covered cashews
Chocolate-covered cashews are something we all love, yet we believe that it does not get the recognition it deserves. This day allows us to show some love to these tasty treats that we all love.
It is a day to make others happy
This day is special because people celebrate this day by sending and sharing chocolate-covered cashews. This day gives us a chance to give chocolates to someone, especially kids, and put a big grin on their faces.
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