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.

October 29 – National Oatmeal Day

National Oatmeal Day

oatmeal

Food Facts on Oatmeal 

  • Oatmeal is one of the most popular breakfast foods in America,
  • Oats have been proven to help lower bad cholesterol and even reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • Oats also keep you fuller for longer, so you are more likely to maintain a healthy weight.
  • Oats can be used in cookies, breadcrumbs, and as a thickening agent in meatballs or meatloaf. Oats can also be ground down in a food processor to make oat flour.
  •  Oats was once considered a weed and burned before is gained the respect of a grain.