Friday, December 28, 2018
There may have been a few pieces of chocolate candy tucked into your stocking. Or perhaps you received a box of your favorite chocolates as a gift. December 28 is the day to enjoy those delicious treats. It’s National Chocolate Candy Day.
The word “chocolate” comes from the word “xocoatl” or “chocolatl”. Mayan “school” means hot or bitter, and the Aztec “atl” means water. Chocolate is made from the cacao plant. Before it was ever made into a sweet candy, it was ground into a beverage. In ruling class society, the beverage was used for medical purposes.
• In 1828 technology was invented that allowed chocolate to be produced into a solid form.
• In 1828, thanks to the invention of Dutch chemist Coenraad Van Houten, we can enjoy chocolate in the form we have today. His hydraulic press made it possible to remove the cocoa butter from the cacao-producing a powder opening the way for the first chocolate confections.
• In 1847 cocoa butter, cocoa powder and sugar were combined by British chocolate company J.S. Fry & Sons to produce the first edible chocolate bar.
• Whitman’s produced their first box of chocolate.
• The invention of the conching machine by Rodolphe Lindt in 1879 ushered in mass production of the creamy treat.
• The first chocolate Easter egg was made sometime in the early 19th century. In 1875 John Cadbury introduced his first chocolate egg.
• Hershey Chocolate company designed a specific chocolate bar for the U.S. Army. The D ration bar was included in the emergency rations and in the packs of soldiers when the Allied troops stormed the beach of Normandy on D-Day.
• Americans consume 12 pounds of chocolate each year.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy a piece of chocolate candy. Use #ChocolateCandyDay to post on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the founder of National Chocolate Candy Day.
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NATIONAL FRUITCAKE DAY
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Across the United States, fruitcake lovers young and old, observe National Fruitcake Day each year on December 27.