This Is National Chocolate Day


July 7this National Chocolate Day(International Chocolate Day is on September 13thand National Chocolate Day is celebrated on October 28thand December 28th)! Just in case you need another reason to indulge in America’s favorite candy, today is national chocolate day. This treat first appeared around 1900 BC when early Central American cultures turned cocao seeds into bitter beverages. Naturally, chocolate is intensely harsh on the tongue and must be fermented to develop flavor. Fast forward about two thousand years and people are still turning chocolate into beverages, though not quite so bitter. And how should you celebrate this national holiday you may ask? By eating chocolate of course, but I’m sure you already knew that.

  • A recent study indicates that when men crave food, they tend to crave fat and salt. When women crave food, they tend to desire chocolate.
  • Aztec Emperor Montezuma drank 50 golden goblets of hot chocolate, dyed red and flavored with chili peppers, every day.
  • Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45-second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie, "Psycho," which actually took 7 days to shoot.
  • The average American consumes more than 10-pounds of chocolate every year.
  • 76% of Americans say the ears of the chocolate bunnies should be eaten first.
  • 5% think chocolate feet of the bunnies should be eaten first.
  • 4% think the chocolate tails should go first.
  • One ounce of milk chocolate has only a little more caffeine than the amount of caffeine in a cup of decaffeinated coffee. White chocolate has no caffeine.
  • The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation
  • White Chocolate isn't technically Chocolate, as it contains no cocoa solids or cocoa liquor.
  • The inventor of the Chocolate Chip Cookie sold the idea to Nestle Toll House in return for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
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