Celebrate the Year’s Most Delicious Holiday: National Chocolate Day!
October 28, 2017
Happy National Chocolate Day, Dahlgren! If you're a self-proclaimed chocoholic, then you'll love celebrating this delicious holiday. Here are some fun facts about National Chocolate Day.
- The U.S. National Confectioners Association lists four primary chocolate holidays on their calendar: July 7 is Chocolate Day, both October 28 and December 28 are listed as National Chocolate Day, and International Chocolate Day is September 13.
- Chocolate is a confection made from cacao seeds, which grow on cacao trees in the tropics. Seeds are removed from the their pods and then dried, roasted and ground into cocoa powder or paste, which is then mixed with other ingredients such as butters, oils, sweeteners, milk and flour to produce chocolate.
- Chocolate is a staple in the American diet, with sales of over 21 billion dollars in 2014.
- There are approximately 1.5 million cocoa farms in West Africa, producing nearly 70% of the world's cocoa.
- Cote D'Ivoire, a country in West Africa, produces the most cocoa. The small nation supplies nearly 40% of the world's cocoa.
- It takes between 2 and 4 days to make one chocolate bar.
National Chocolate Day History [Win Calendar]