NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY
National Chocolate Day, on October 28th, recognizes one of the world’s favorite tastes. While many specific chocolate related holidays exist throughout the year, National Chocolate Day celebrates all things chocolate.
As America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is well-deserving of its own day of honor. (Some sources designate July 7 or December 28 as Chocolate Day or International Chocolate Day.)
How is chocolate made?
Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia and grows in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. The earliest known documentation of using cacao seeds is from around 1100 BC.
Since cacao tree seeds have a very intense, bitter taste, they must be fermented to develop the flavor.
Research has found that chocolate, when eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.
Once fermented, the beans are dried, cleaned, and roasted. After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs. The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass, which is pure chocolate in rough form. The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients. At this point in the process, it is called chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.
- Unsweetened baking chocolate – cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
- Sweet chocolate – cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
- Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.
- White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalChocolateDay
Visit your favorite restaurant and indulge in a delicious chocolate dessert. Another idea is to host a chocolate tasting party. Invite friends to bring their best chocolate recipes to share. Here are a few recipes to try.
Use #NationalChocolateDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHOCOLATE DAY HISTORY
National Confectioners Association created National Chocolate Day
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October 28th History
The official dedication of The Statue of Liberty takes place on Bedloe’s Island in New York Harbor. France originally named the 151-foot tall statue “Liberty Enlightening the World” and gave it as a gift to the United States. During his speech, President Grover Cleveland said of Lady Liberty that “she holds aloft the light which illuminates the way to man’s enfranchisement.”
The Volstead Act prohibiting the sale of high-proof alcohol passes. Vetoed by President Woodrow Wilson the day before, the House and Senate successfully voted to overturn the President’s veto, ushering in an era of prohibition.
Author Ernest Hemingway earned the Nobel Prize in Literature “for his mastery of the art of narrative, most recently demonstrated in The Old Man and the Sea, and for the influence that he has exerted on contemporary style.” Hemingway wrote over 40 novels including, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and A Moveable Feast.
Architect Eero Saarinen completes construction on the 630-foot tall parabola known as the Gateway Arch. Located in St. Louis, MO, the stainless steel arch is part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and overlooks the Mississippi River.
A team of 100 Kikkoman Corporation employees in Japan rolled 694 sushi rolls in three minutes setting a world record.
October 28th Birthdays
Eliphalet Remington – 1793
In 1816, Remmington founded the firearm manufacturing company known today as Remington Arms Company.
Auguste Escoffier – 1846
The world-renown chef established his reputation at the Savoy Hotel. Noted for his classical cuisine, the chef also had a knack for naming his dishes after famous people. Some of those include Pears Hélène, Melba Toast, and Peach Melba.
Edith Head – 1897
The Academy Award-winning costume designer created the costumes for several critically acclaimed films including Roman Holiday, A Place in the Sun, and All About Eve. In the 2004 animated film The Incredibles, animators drew partial inspiration from Head for the character Edna Mode.
Jonas Salk – 1914
The virologist’s development of the first successful polio vaccine led the way to the near eradication of the debilitating and deadly childhood disease.
Bill Gates – 1955
In 1975, Gates along with his friend Paul Allen founded Microsoft.
Terrell Davis – 1972
The football running back played 5 seasons with the Denver Broncos. In 2017, he joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame.