International Chocolate Day

International Chocolate Day

Daphne Agredano

International Chocolate Day is on September 13 – even though there is never a bad day to eat chocolate. Today is the ideal time to indulge in your favorite chocolate treat and you can enjoy it without any guilt.

History of International Chocolate Day

Chocolate’s origins can be traced to Mesoamerica, which is modern-day Mexico, in 450 B.C. The Nahuatl word “chocolatl,” which means hot water, and the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which means bitter water, are the roots of the English word “chocolate.” The Olmecs started processing cocoa beans into chocolate around 4,000 years ago. They utilized chocolate in the rituals and as medicine. Chocolate was incorporated into Mayan civilization centuries later. Apparently, Hernan Cortes, a Spanish explorer who discovered cocoa during his expedition to the Americas brought chocolate to Spain in the 16th century. From that point forward, chocolate quickly reached other regions of Europe. Because of the lengthy process involved in making chocolate, it was a costly indulgence that was only available to the wealthy. However, a Dutch scientist by the name of van Houten created the chocolate press in 1828, solving the issue. Roasted coca beans could be squeezed by the machine to produce the fine cocoa powder needed to make chocolate. With a wide range of intriguing flavors and preparations, chocolate is still a favorite food in the 20th century. More than 4.7 million tons of cocoa are farmed and exported annually from more than fifty countries.

Things to do on International Chocolate Day

  • Go to your local store and buy chocolate.
  • You can make yourself some chocolate milk.
  • Bake a chocolate cake.

Get your sweet tooth ready and enjoy some delicious chocolate !!!