World Chocolate Day 2021: Chocolate the moment you see this, there is a sparkle in people’s eyes from all generations. Chocolate is that form of sweet, divine, and goes well with almost anything. It is the first thing that comes to our mind when we say deserts. There is a demand for chocolate in any form, be it chocolate blocks, chocolate cake or pastry, Choco shake. People worldwide celebrate the introduction of Chocolate in Europe on 7th July annually as World Chocolate Day or International Chocolate Day.
World Chocolate Day 2021
We all love chocolates in different forms, and binge eats them. This International Chocolate Day lets celebrate it by consuming chocolate to boost our health benefits. Happy Chocolate Day!..
History of World Chocolate Day
Before the year 1550, chocolate was known only to the people of Mexico and in some parts of central and South America. People started invading countries and continents for trade benefit, colonialization and other reasons. When this happened, there were a lot of foreign invaders who came to Mexico and Central and South America. They found out about chocolate and its different tastes, health benefits and how it can make various by-products. These foreign invaders introduced chocolate to other parts of the world. In the year 1550, chocolate was introduced in Europe, and it became a big hit.
The chocolate day celebrated on different dates in other countries. National chocolate day is celebrated on 28th October in the United States. Ghana celebrates the chocolate day on 14th February, and Ghana is the second-largest producer of Cocoa. Latvia celebrates World Chocolate day on 11th July. There is another kind of chocolate days also that gets celebrated. Noting a few of them below:
- Bittersweet Chocolate Day – 10th January
- Milk Chocolate Day – 28th July
- White Chocolate Day – 22nd September
- Chocolate covered anything day – 16th December
Significance of World Chocolate Day
For the people who love chocolate, every day is a chocolate day. This day is all about celebrating chocolate, its different forms and flavours. Chocolate has become such a sweet part of our lives. Chocolate goes well with most of the characters. Various products made out the chocolate, chocolate flavour or cocoa powder. Cakes, pastries, cookies, pudding, chocolate flavoured coffee and tea are some of the products that can be mentioned. Chocolate chips are used to garnish dishes and desert. We can celebrate this day in many ways. Some ideas for the celebration are:
- By making some chocolates or chocolate products at home
- Go for a chocolate tasting session
- Visit a chocolate factory and understand how those excellent pieces of chocolates are made.
- Participate in those “Learn to do chocolates” workshops.
Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate
The moment we say chocolate, we start thinking about all things indulgent and fattening. But what if I tell you that chocolate is one of the healthiest foods known to humanity.
Heart Health: Dark chocolates without unhealthy additives and refined sugar can do wonders for your heart health. It contains an element of flavonoids that are essential antioxidants; these are very beneficial in protecting artery walls and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol.
Good for Immunity: Chocolates are a treasure house of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that could prove beneficial for more durable resistance. Chocolate also boosts the response to antibodies.
Soothes Cough: Chocolate contains theobromine, studies have shown that theobromine helps better in treating sore throat,
Improves Brain Function: Chocolates boost blood flow to some key areas of the brain for a few hours. It can help you focus, sharpen memory and protect the brain from ageing.
Curbs Cravings: Chocolates help you feel full for long, thereby curbing cravings. They are filled with monounsaturated fatty acids known to boost your metabolism and burn fat.
Soothes Digestion: According to studies, dark chocolate contains a substance that could heal an upset tummy and some gastrointestinal problems.