According to Wikipedia, World Chocolate Day, referred to, in some instances, as International Chocolate Day, is an annual observance that occurs globally on 7 July.
Cacao has been around for thousands of years and is probably one of the oldest of nature’s foods. The history of chocolate begins in Latin America, where cacao trees grow wild. The people who first utilized cacao were the inhabitants of what is now Venezuela in northwestern South America. The Olmec civilization consumed a beverage made with chocolate thousands of years ago. It was used to fortify soldiers during marches and in battle. You see we knew it gave us superpowers!
Anyway, we won't go into the long-standing history of chocolate, but as we look forward to International Chocolate Day, we thought it would be fun to look at 13 facts about chocolate that, well quite frankly makes us love it even more.
- The scientific name for the tree that chocolate comes from, Theobroma cacao, means "food of the gods."
- Dark Chocolate is the healthiest. It's not up there with spinach, but dark chocolate is usually your healthiest bet. The darker chocolate is, often the less fat and sugar it has.
- Chocolate gives you a more intense mental high and gets your heart pounding more than kissing does.
- There is a rare fourth kind of chocolate in addition to the classic milk, dark, and white varieties: blond chocolate.
- The largest chocolate bar ever weighed just over 12,770 pounds.
- Chocolate milk is an effective post-workout recovery drink
- White chocolate technically isn't chocolate, but you probably already knew that.
- Chocolate has a long reputation as an aphrodisiac. Aztec ruler Montezuma supposedly drank a chocolaty concoction before visiting the women in his harem. It’s also believed that nuns were forbidden to eat it at one time because it was thought to be so romantically potent. And French doctors supposedly used it to treat broken hearts.
- Chocolate has over 600 flavour compounds, while red wine has just 200.
- The inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, Ruth Wakefield, sold her cookie recipe to Nestle in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
- In fact, chocolate was consumed as a liquid, not a solid, for 90% of its history.
- Chocolate has healing powers. Well, that's what the Mayans and Aztecs believed. They used it to treat everything from fevers, seizures to skin infections. So maybe a chocolate a day keeps the Doctor away
- Life is short. Dance in the rain. Eat Chocolate. ( Not a fact, but an Edible Blooms NZ philosophy)
So if you're looking to celebrate International Chocolate Day, why not check out our delicious range of Chocolate Bouquets. And since Chocolate is like a virtual kiss, and since we can't exactly give you all a kiss, we're doing the next best thing, we are offering 20% off everything in store from now until Sunday 07 July. This code will expire Sunday, July 07 at midnight!
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