December 13 – National Cocoa Day

National Cocoa Day

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Food Facts on Cocoa 

  • Cocoa beans are the fruit of the cacao tree. Cacao beans were called cocoa beans and not cacao beans due to a spelling mistake made by English importers in the 18th century when chocolate first became popular.
  • Every stage of cocoa production is done by hand: planting, irrigating, harvesting, fermenting and drying. Another reason why fine chocolate justifies its price.
  • Over 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from West Africa, which provides the bulk of cocoa used for mass-produced chocolate.
  • It takes 3 to 5 years before the cocoa tree bears fruit. EACH TREE produces around 1,000 beans a year, but that is only enough to make just 1 kg of chocolate.
  • It takes 4 cacao seeds to make 1 ounce of milk chocolate, and 12 seeds to make 1 ounce of dark chocolate.

November 12 – National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day

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Facts of Pizza without Anchovies

  • Pizza is thin crust, hand tossed, thick crust or deep dish, top it with ALL of your favorite toppings (excluding anchovies)
  • There’s a National Anchovy Pizza Day too
  • Pizza is a direct descendant of the flatbread healthy meals people made before the advent of the oven
  • Although having fish on a pizza isn’t the worst thing in the world, the saltiness of the anchovies can mask all of the other delicious flavors.
  • The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905was in New York’s Little Italy.