World Chocolate Day has been celebrated on July 7 since 2009 to commemorate Europe's first exposure to chocolate in 1550. Today is only one of a variety of special days devoted to this decadent delight.
Chocolate has changed greatly from its earliest inception as a bitter drink made with corn puree and spices. The drink eventually evolved to include cane sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon, which made it quite popular in Europe. But it wasn't until the 1800s that chocolate became edible.
In the mid 1700s, Joseph Fry started making his own chocolate blends in his Bristol, UK factory, J. S. Fry & Sons. The senior Fry concocted a delicious mixture of drinking chocolate, which he continued to perfect until his death
His grandsons took over the business and, as a result of their continued experiments, created the first chocolate in bar form (called a confection) in 1847.
These early confections were made of bittersweet chocolate. Fry's Chocolate Cream became the first mass produced candy bar in 1866. You can still buy this candy bar today.
Around the same time, another UK chocolatier, John Cadbury, was also working with chocolate in bar form. Fry and Sons merged with Cadbury Brothers in 1919. The Fry company later became a subsidiary of Cadbury in 1935. Other chocolate makers soon followed suit and the world's love affair with chocolate ignited.
The creation of the chocolate bar expanded to other types of edible confections, as did the use of chocolate in baking and cooking. Chocolate is even more popular today and is believed to contain high levels of antioxidants. It is also credited with raising libido, boosting energy, and increasing levels of endorphins and serotonin. The flip side of this is that too much of a good thing can have negative effects, so enjoy, indulge, and savor your chocolate, but don't overdo it.
Top 5 Early Chocolate Bars
1. Fry's Chocolate Cream, 1866 - England
J. S. Fry & Sons (now a Cadbury subsidiary)
2. Nestlé Milk Chocolate, 1875 - Switzerland
3. Lindt Chocolate Bar, 1876 - Switzerland
Chocoladefabriken Lindt & Sprüngli AG
4. Hersey's Milk Chocolate Bar, 1900 - U.S.A.
The Hershey Company
5. Cadbury Dairy Milk, 1905 - England
Celebrate World Chocolate Day with chocolate! Milk, Dark, White, Vegan.. Treat yourself to a scrumptious bite of chocolaty Heaven.
Watch - Chocolat (one of my favorite films). It doesn't get better than this tasty feast for the eyes.
Happy World Chocolate Day from the Holiday Chicks!
- Barbara 🙃
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