Sweet tooths all around the world come together to celebrate delicious cream-filled chocolates on National Cream-Filled Chocolate Day, which falls on February 14 every year. It is only natural that one of the best types of chocolates is celebrated on the day for which more chocolates are bought around the world than any other day. In the week of Valentine’s Day, over 50 million pounds of chocolate are purchased all around the world. From marshmallow cream and coffee cream to butterscotch, chocolate, and vanilla, cream-filled chocolates have delicious centers that make the chocolates taste even more decadent. It is no wonder that these creamy treats get their own special day.
History of National Cream-Filled Chocolate Day
Before cream-filled chocolates became known as truffles, they were called pralines. The Belgian chocolatier, Jean Neuhaus Junior, invented the first hard chocolate shell in 1912, which allowed chocolates to be filled with soft fillings. Neuhaus Jr. was the grandson of a Swiss immigrant, Jean Neuhaus. Neuhaus originally ran an apothecary shop where he covered medicines in chocolate to make them more appealing to customers.
It was Neuhaus Jr. who created the very first chocolate-filled bonbons, which he called pralines. However, some other chocolatiers referred to them as truffles because the early varieties were filled with ganache, a glaze made from chocolate and cream. In the U.S., any cream-filled chocolate is referred to today as a truffle. In 2017, Bloomberg Pursuits praised the Neuhaus company for creating “the best chocolate truffle in the world.”
Chocolates have been a part of life since as early as 1900 B.C. However, back then, it was mainly prepared as a drink. Ancient Mayans enjoyed a drink of chocolate with most meals. Their version of chocolate was thick and frothy, and was sometimes combined with chili peppers and honey. The mighty Aztec ruler, Montezuma II, was said to love chocolate so much that he drank gallons of it every day as an energy booster and aphrodisiac.
Chocolate is made from the fruit of the cacao trees called pods. A single pod contains around 40 cacao beans, which can then be dried and roasted to create cocoa beans. These cocoa beans are refined in chocolate factories through winnowing and roasting. The resulting chocolate liquor is blended with sugar and milk and molded into the desired shapes.
No one really knows who started National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day, but it was undoubtedly a chocaholic with very good taste.
National Cream-Filled Chocolate Day timeline
The invention of the chocolate press creates a pivotal shift in chocolate making and leads to the creation of the first forms of solid chocolate.
An English chocolatier named Joseph Fry discovers a way to make chocolate moldable and creates the very first chocolate bars.
Neuhaus, the founder of the company that created the first cream-filled chocolates, opens his first store in central Brussels.
Jean Neuhaus Junior creates the first chocolate shells, which leads to the creation of the cream-filled chocolates that we have come to love today.
National Cream-Filled Chocolate Day FAQs
What are cream-filled chocolates called?
The common name for cream-filled chocolates is chocolate truffles. They get their name from their resemblance to truffles, which are mushroom-like fungi.
How long do cream-filled chocolates last?
When stored properly, cream-filled chocolates can stay fresh for up to a few months after they are made. It’s best to keep them in a tightly covered container in a cool, dry place far away from sunlight.
What country eats the most chocolate?
According to a 2017 study by Statista, Switzerland is the leading country in chocolate consumption per capita. The Swiss eat almost nine kilos of chocolate per year, which makes sense considering their reputation for producing delicious chocolates of their own.
National Cream-Filled Chocolate Day Activities
Eat some cream-filled chocolates
On National Cream-Filled Chocolate Day, you can spoil yourself with a box or two of your favorite cream-filled chocolates. No one will judge you for digging in and gorging yourself on all the sweetness that you can fit into your mouth.
Throw a chocolate party
Can you imagine how much fun it would be to have a cream-filled-chocolate themed party? You can invite all your friends over and sample some delicious chocolates. From chocolate fountains to chocolate pong, you can test your creativity with the amount of chocolate-themed fun you can have at your party.
Make your own chocolates
Making cream-filled chocolates is not as hard as it sounds. With hundreds of recipes online, you can don your chef’s hat and whip up a batch of your own tasty chocolates. All you need is a chocolate mold and some ingredients.
5 Fascinating Facts About Chocolate
A god was thrown out for it
According to an Aztec legend, a deity named Quetzalcoatl was cast away by the other gods because he shared chocolate with humans.
It’s a love drug
In the 1800s, physicians advised lovesick patients to eat chocolates to help calm their pining and longing, especially in cases of unrequited love.
It’s not popular where it is made
Even though a large portion of the world’s chocolate is made with cocoa imported from the Ivory Coast, it is expensive and inaccessible to most Ivorians.
It was a currency
During the Revolutionary War, some soldiers were given chocolate as payment for their services instead of money.
Most of it is grown in Africa
Over two-thirds of the world’s cocoa supply come from West Africa, with the Ivory Coast being the largest single producer.
Why We Love National Cream-Filled Chocolate Day
National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day is the kind of holiday you can almost taste. We’re practically salivating at the mere mention of these delicious treats.
Everyone deserves to spoil themselves sometimes
Even the strictest dieticians will tell you the importance of cheat days. Everyone deserves at least one day where they get to treat themselves to sinful chocolates that leave you sighing in pleasure.
We love chocolate
Chocolate has a rich history and taste. The delicious treat has come to be associated with love and romance, and for good reasons. Chocolates are the way to our hearts, and cream-filled chocolates are the best of all.
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