An entire day celebrated by eating chocolate? Stand aside and pass me the confectionary!
Some sources say that this day commemorates the introduction of chocolate to Europe on July 7, 1550, but whether or not this is the case, let’s eat some choccy!
These days, chocolate is many things to many people: a comfort food, a little treat, a forbidden indulgence, something to keep the kids quiet, or even an aphrodisiac.
Historically, chocolate was much more than just a tasty morsel. The Aztecs believed that cacao (which chocolate is made from), was given to them by their gods, and the cacao bean was considered to be more valuable than gold.
Back in Europe, chocolate was mostly enjoyed as a drink, until chocolatier J.S. Fry and Sons created the first chocolate bar in 1847, and over two decades later Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter teamed up with his friend Henri Nestle to create the Nestle Company and brought chocolate to the mass market.
Chocolate may well be one of the most celebrated foods around the world, popping up as specialities on Easter, Christmas and, of course, Valentine’s Day. Chocolate has been the subject of many successful books and film adaptations, and makes its way into almost any dish you can think of, including beers and coffees.
Interesting Fact: The French celebrate April Fool’s Day with a chocolate shaped fish.
Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead, Full Steam Pictures.
Written By: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.