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.

December 8 – National Brownie Day

National Brownie Day

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Facts on Brownies

  • Brownie is a flat, baked square or bar. Its texture is somewhat between cake and cookie: can be fudgy, cakey, or hard.
  • Brownie came from a chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel during the late 19th century.
  • The world’s largest brownie was made in 2001. It weighed in at 3,000 lbs. and was made with 750 lbs. of chocolate chips, 500 lbs. of butter, 850 lbs of sugar, 500 lbs. of flour and 3,500 eggs!
  • Although cannabis is the most controversial brownie mix-in, walnut remains the most popular and legal.
  • There are several days of the year named in honor of the brownie: January 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day, February 10 is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day, May 9 is National Butterscotch Brownie Day and December 8 is National Brownie Day.

December 7 – National Cotton Candy Day

National Cotton Candy Day 

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Facts on Cotton Candy 

  • Cotton candy is a form of spun sugar.
  • Cotton candy was first recorded in Europe in the 18th century.
  • Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897.
  • Cotton candy was introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box.
  • The first Cotton candy machine was invented in the 1970s.