February 8, 2024Republic Lifestyle Desk

Chocolate Day 2024: Interesting Facts You Must Know

Chocolate Day is celebrated on February 9 as part of Valentine's Week. It is a day dedicated to express love and affection by exchanging chocolates.

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Chocolate's story started in ancient Central and South America, where the cacao tree grew wild. The Mayans and Aztecs treasured cacao beans.

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The scientific name for the cacao tree is derived from Theobroma cacao, meaning "food of the gods" in Greek. This name reflects the reverence ancient civilizations had for chocolate.

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The percentage of cocoa in chocolate determines its flavor and health benefits. Dark chocolate with higher cocoa content is richer in antioxidants, which can promote heart health.

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The process of making chocolate involves fermenting and roasting cacao beans. Then grind them them into a paste, and then add sugar and other ingredients.

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A single cocoa tree produces about 2,500 beans per year. It takes about 800 cocoa beans to make one kilogram of chocolate.

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It takes two to four days to make a single chocolate bar. In Mayan culture, cacao beans were valued so much that they were exchanged like goods for dollars.

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Until 1847, chocolate was enjoyed in bitter liquid form. The British chocolate company Fry and Sons introduced the trend of “eating chocolate” after mixing cocoa butter, sugar, chocolate liquor.

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