What is National Chocolate Day
History of National Chocolate Day
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New inventions. New chocolate creations.
Dutch chemist Coenraad Van Houten invented a hydraulic press that could separate the cocoa butter from the cacao, thereby producing a powder. This led to the first chocolate confections
Chocolate Gets Milky
Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter joins forces with M. Henri Nestlé, then a baby-food manufacturer who had invented a milk-condensation process. Together they found a way to bring milk chocolate onto the market. They would go on to form the Nestlé company.
Hershey Park Opens
Milton Hershey builds a park to create a more pleasant environment for workers and residents — striving to rise above typical factory towns of the time. The original main buildings, including a rustic bandstand and pavilion, serve as a stage for vaudeville and theatre productions.
National Chocolate Day FAQs
Why is Chocolate Day celebrated?
Everyone seems to love chocolate and National Chocolate Day enables us to share in the fun. It’s a sweet treat with a sweet history — going back more than 2,000 years.
Is there a National Candy Day?
Yes, National Candy Day falls on November 4. Lots of us reach for candy in times of stress, but do try to limit your sugar intake.
Is today National Chocolate Day?
National Chocolate Day falls on October 18 — just 13 days before Halloween. It’s the perfect time to practice your candy-eating skills. No costume required. Yet.
National Chocolate Day Activities
Try making your own truffles!
It may seem hard, but it’s actually easier than you think! Follow this recipe for 4 easy and fun ways to experiment with making your own truffle from scratch. All you'll need is some cream, some chocolate chips and a tiny bit of time.
Tour a local chocolatier
Get an up-close look at the process that chocolate goes through from bean to bar at a local chocolate factory or chocolatier. Most places have tours available to the public and are more than happy to share their knowledge, experience, and love of the chocolate profession and trade.
Share a bar with your friends
Chocolate is amazing, friends are amazing, and human connection over chocolate is one of the most beautiful things! Most people like chocolate, and really, even if they don't, you know they'll appreciate the offer to spend a moment with them and chat.
Why We Love National Chocolate Day
Chocolate can lower stress
One study showed that people who ate chocolate compounds had better cognitive performance and reported less mental fatigue than the control group. This may have something to do with how the chemicals in chocolate interact with our brain: releasing serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins and giving us a good dose of antioxidants.
It can help us lose weight
Another study revealed that ingestion of dark chocolate prior to eating at an all-you-can-eat buffet triggered a 17% lower calorie intake for participants! It’s all about the sugar.
Chocolate might help your heart
Per the American Heart Association: “Combining raw almonds, dark chocolate and cocoa significantly reduced the number of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, particles in the blood of overweight and obese people. LDL is often called “bad cholesterol” because of the role it plays in clogging arteries.
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