National Chocolate Day: a day to celebrate the sweeter things in life

Kaitlyn Steinhiser, News Reporter

October 28th is National Chocolate Day in America, and there are many reasons as to why Americans celebrate the candy.

Chocolate has been around for centuries. In fact, the first known use of chocolate was around 3,000 years ago when the Mayans combined cocoa beans and milk to make drinks. They also used cocoa beans as currency. To those ancient people, chocolate was as important as money is to people today.

Today’s chocolate is very different from the chocolate that the Mayans ate and drank back then, though. Today, although chocolate can be found at nearly every store in America, chocolate factories go through a relatively strenuous process to make the chocolate that many people know and love. This process involved roasting, fermenting, and grinding the beans into a liquor. Then, the beans are transformed into baking chocolate, cocoa powder, or, most likely, what chocolate factories call “eating chocolate.” This kind of chocolate is what is found in candy bars. According to the International Business Times, “Approximately 400 cocoa beans go into a single pound of chocolate, and it takes anywhere from two to four days to make one bar of chocolate.”

The end product is worth going through that strenuous product, though. Chocolate has many health benefits. For example, chocolate is a great source of antioxidants, and it is gentle on skin. In fact, it can even reduce scarring. Dark chocolate has been linked to a lowered risk of heart disease and stroke.

Anyone interested in celebrating this national holiday can do so by buying chocolate and remembering its importance.

 

 

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