December 13 – National Cocoa Day

National Cocoa Day

chocolate chincks

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.

May 1 – National Chocolate Parfait Day

National Chocolate Parfait Day

chocolate parfeit

Food Facts on Chocolate Parfaits!

  • A parfait is a layered dish that is usually sweet and traditionally contains whipped cream.
  • Parfaits are desserts, however, savory ingredients can be used.
  • Parfaits are served in tall, transparent glasses and may be made with fruit, chocolate or other ingredients layered alternately with the whipped cream.
  • Local dessert shops and restaurants may hold special promotions or events on National Chocolate Parfait Day.
  • Chocolate originated in Central America, and was first used by natives such as the Aztecs and the Mayans.
  • Local dessert shops and restaurants may hold special promotions or events on National Chocolate Parfait Day.