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Interesting Things You Might Not Know About Chocolate

Updated on October 27, 2018
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes articles that are interesting to her readers.

World Chocolate Day is celebrated on July 7. It is a time to eat chocolate and not feel guilty about it. It is also a good time to learn some things about chocolate that you might not have known before.

Chocolate Days

If you thought chocolate was celebrated on another day, you are correct. There are several days during the year when chocolate is celebrated. According to the U.S. National Confectioners Association, there are actually four primary chocolate holidays on their calendar.

  • July 7: World Chocolate Day
  • September 13: International Chocolate Day
  • October 28: National Chocolate Day
  • December 28: National Chocolate Day

In addition to the primary days associated with chocolate, there are also other days on the calendar to enjoy the sweet treat.

  • January 27: Chocolate Cake Day
  • January 31: Hot Chocolate Day
  • February 1: National Dark Chocolate Day
  • July 28: National Milk Chocolate Day
  • September 22: National White Chocolate Day

As you can see, there is no shortage of days to celebrate chocolate. When people think about chocolate, it is usually dark chocolate; however, there are other types of chocolate as well.

White Chocolate
White Chocolate

Chocolate Comes from Trees

Most people don't know that chocolate comes from trees. After you tell them, they are skeptical and do not believe it until you convince them that it is actually true.

Chocolate comes from the small cocoa tree. The fruit from the tree produces cocoa seeds. Then the seeds turn into cocoa powder and chocolate is the end result. That is the process, but don't ever think chocolate bars grow on trees.

Chocolate is at the top of the list of things people crave.

Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Cake

Health Benefits of Eating Chocolate

While many people think they should not eat chocolate, there are health benefits to eating it in moderation. Physicians will tell you that eating some dark chocolate every day is good for you. There is a long list of health benefits for eating chocolate that includes lowering blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease, and controlling blood sugar level in diabetics.

There is a reason chocolate is a comfort food. That's because it can eliminate stress and make people feel better in addition to energizing them. Doctors have explained that most people get a sudden rush of endorphins after eating chocolate. Some people feel the same way after eating chocolate as they do after exercising.

Chocolate Was Used As a Medicine

Long before chocolate was basically used for one's eating pleasure, it was used for medicinal purposes.

Chocolate was once used as an antidote for infections. It was included in a balm that was given to patients with syphilis.

The movies show chocolate as an aphrodisiac, but doctors say it's not. What they do say is that the sweet confectionary is not a drug, but it sure makes you feel like it is.

Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcakes

Ways to Enjoy Chocolate

Because chocolate is one of the most popular desserts in the world, it is available in many different forms. You are not limited to where you can get your chocolate fix.

Chocolate is made into bars that are convenient to pick up and eat. If you prefer drinking your chocolate, then you can sip on a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of cold chocolate milk. You can have a cone of chocolate ice cream or a slice of chocolate cake.

Krispy Kreme Chocolate Doughnuts

In honor of World Chocolate Day, Krispy Kreme is offering chocolate-glazed doughnuts on Saturday, July 7.

The chocolate doughnuts are the Winston-Salem-based chain’s classic original glazed doughnut smothered in a rich chocolate glaze.

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    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      RTalloni, thanks for sharing your prescription. I appreciate it, and I am sure others will appreciate it as well.

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      RTalloni 

      3 years ago

      Lest anyone think I eat it all day ;-) I'll share our prescription. 1-2 oz of dark chocolate per day helps keep the doctor away. 1 oz on a regular day, 2 if it's a particularly stressful day. :)

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      R Talloni, since you eat chocolate every day, you don't have to keep up with the special days to celebrate. I am glad you enjoyed my article. Now go eat a piece of chocolate!

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      RTalloni 

      3 years ago

      Who knew there were so many special chocolate days?! Since I celebrate it everyday (and consider it quite medicinal) I missed this fact. Thanks for a fun read.

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