CELEBRATE WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY 7th JULY, 2022…

On July 7 every year, World Chocolate Day is celebrated and people dive into the love of the sweet delight. Chocolate doesn’t need a particular day to be celebrated but it just gives you a chance to satisfy your sweet tooth.

It is one of the most cherished sweet delights and is loved by almost everyone. There are many dates around the year promoting variations of Chocolate Day. Many chocolate lovers state, that July 7 is a real Chocolate Day to be celebrated around the world or, at least, in Europe, since the history of this holiday is connected with the history of chocolate in Europe.

The introduction of sweet delight dates back to 1550 in Europe. As per the legends, chocolate was first introduced into the European culture on July 7, 1550. Until then, chocolate was only popular with the natives of Mexico and parts of central and South America. It is upon this discovery by foreign invaders, that chocolate travelled to other parts of the world and became a mainstay wherever it went.

The two products most vital to chocolate production come from this cocoa liquor paste. Cocoa powder is produced and packed for purchase at grocery stores so that we can bake the beloved roasted taste profile into our cakes and cookies, while cocoa butter is produced so that manufacturers can use it as an ingredient in their chocolate bars.

Dark chocolate, which tastes most like its mother seed, is simply a mixture of cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, and sugar. Milk chocolate includes those three ingredients plus a smattering of milk powder. At this point, chocolatiers can add things like nuts, salts, and syrups to elevate the flavour profile. Once cooled, the mixtures harden into the shapes of their respective moulds, are wrapped in paper, and shipped to our favourite stores and candy shops.

Looking for ways to celebrate this scrumptious occasion? Why, eat chocolate, of course! Dive into our delectable resources for some yummy ideas:

  • Looking for something yummy to try at home? Try this delicious recipe for chocolate chip cookies. It’s a great, simple way to introduce little ones into the kitchen and get them acquainted with measuring, stirring and baking.
  • Or, want to immerse your kiddos in World Chocolate Day? Try this bumper lesson-plan pack. It comes with fun recipe ideas, PowerPoints, activities, and more!

Fun facts about chocolate

  • The Mesoamericans prized cacao so highly that it was used as currency.
  • It was touted in Europe as a healing tonic. We know today that the darker the chocolate, the better, as it’s full of antioxidants and helps the brain to release ‘feel-good’ chemicals (that make you happy!).
  • The cacao industry is now the most booming in West Africa. There are approximately 1.5 million cacao farms there!
  • The Mayans also loved their chocolate, naming it the ‘food of the Gods’. They worshipped ‘xocolatl’ (‘bitter water’), and it was an integral part of their religious and social lives. The Mayans can be credited for being the very first baristas, as they fermented the beans then dried, roasted and ground them into a paste, much like modern-day chocolatiers. They poured their mixture back and forth to get a foamy head, much like a latte.

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DIFFERENT TYPES OF CHOCOLATE…

It is hard to find someone who doesn’t like chocolates. Many know that chocolate is a refined product obtained from cocoa beans but have you ever given a thought to how many chocolate types are there? You will be surprised to know that there are a number of enticing types of chocolates.

Cocoa powder is an unsweetened powder of cocoa beans slightly defatted. The powder renders an intense chocolate taste. This is available in two varieties; one is Dutch-processed which is alkalized and the other is a natural variety. The powder is light brown and has a pronounced flavour. The alkalized variety is milder, less acidic, and darker in colour.

Unsweetened chocolate is called ‘bitter’ and is pure chocolate liquor obtained from ground cocoa beans. This has quite a bitter taste and is usually used for cooking purposes. Since cocoa is rich in cocoa solids and cocoa butter this unsweetened chocolate gives a deep flavour to baked goods. This is used as the base ingredient to prepare all other forms of chocolate except white chocolate.

Dark chocolate contains sugar, vanilla, cocoa butter, lecithin which is an emulsifier along with chocolate liquor. No milk solids are ever added to dark chocolate. The darkness of dark chocolate depends upon the cocoa percentage in it which may vary from 30% to 70%.

Bittersweet chocolates and semi-sweet chocolates belong to the category of dark chocolates. As defined by the Food and Drug Administration department, bittersweet chocolate should contain at least 35% of cocoa solids. Most of the bittersweet bars contain 50% chocolate liquor. These types of chocolates have a bitter flavour than sweet dark and semi-sweet chocolates. Since the amount of sugar is not regulated by FDA the sweetness may vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. Semi-sweet chocolates also contain at least 35% of cocoa solids but are sweeter than bittersweet chocolates.

Sweet dark chocolate is dark in the sense that it does not contain milk solids. This chocolate contains a high percentage of sugar which gives it a much sweeter taste than other types of chocolates. Many available brands of sweet dark chocolates contain 20 to 40 percent of cocoa solids.

One of the most popular chocolate types is milk chocolate which contains condensed milk or dry milk solids along with chocolate liquor. These milk solids may constitute up to 12 percent of chocolate. These are typically much sweeter with light colour and a mild chocolate taste.

The class of white chocolates derives its name from the ingredient cocoa butter in it. This chocolate does not contain any other product other than cocoa butter. This is the reason why this chocolate has a mild chocolate flavour, has a vanilla taste, and a lighter colour.

Couverture chocolates and related chocolate types are used by confectioners and are rich in cocoa butter and cocoa liquor percentage which contribute to the high price of this chocolate. These chocolates are smooth and melt quickly.

Gianduja chocolates are made from chocolate and nut paste. These are used for flavouring milk or dark chocolates. Candy coating chocolates are candy products and contain a little amount of cocoa. There are lots of chocolate types to enjoy and suitable for various occasions. All of these assortments of chocolates are very interesting and are bound to add flavour to your life.

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