Chocolate milk or a bar
Brownies that you bake
Mousse or an ice-cream
Or a gooey Chocolate cake!
July 7th is celebrated as World Chocolate Day – the day to indulge in what all chocolate lovers enjoy – CHOCOLATE!
When was Chocolate discovered?
There are many theories, the most common one being that Chocolate was first traced to Mesomerica (about 450 BC) where the ancient Aztecs believed that the cacao seeds were a gift from Quetzalcoatl, the God of Wisdom. The cacao seeds were highly valued & were also used as a form of currency.
How is Chocolate made?
Chocolate is made from the fruit (pods) of the cacao trees. The 8 step procedure includes:
- Harvesting – the ripe cocoa pods.
- Fermenting – the pods & pulps in large wooden containers.
- Drying – the beans to prevent mould.
- Roasting – to the temperature required.
- Winnowing – de-shelling leaving behind the cacao beans or nibs.
- Grinding – into a thick brown liquid which is known as ‘cocoa liqueur’.
- Tempering – raising & lowering the temperature of chocolate.
- Moulding – pouring the delicious liquid in a mould.
Some Sweet Facts:
? The scientific name of the cacao tree is ‘Theobroma cacao’ meaning ‘plant of the Gods’.
? The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation.
? The chocolate river in the movie ‘Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ was actually made out of real chocolate, water & cream!
What’s the tastiest chocolate you’ve ever had?