What is World Chocolate Day?
World Chocolate Day is an annual global celebration of chocolate.
World Chocolate Day marks the introduction of the food to Europe many centuries ago in 1550.
Until then, chocolate was only consumed in indigenous communities in Mexico and parts of central and South America.
It was brought to Spain in drink form by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who had travelled to South America to establish colonies and was greeted by the Aztecs with gallons of the liquid.
But before it became a treat, the bitter chocolatey drink was seen as medicinal.
Until people began to sweeten its taste with sugar, vanilla or honey, and the drink quickly became fashionable in Spain and then with other European aristocrats.
When is it celebrated?
World Chocolate Day, also known as International Chocolate Day, is celebrated around the world annually on 7 July.
This year, the national awareness day fell on a Thursday.
It’s thought that the day was first celebrated in 2009.
Chocolate is a popular food, so there isn’t just one day to celebrate it – there’s also National Chocolate Day in the US which occurs on 28 October, while Ghana, the second largest producer of cocoa, celebrates the culinary delight on 14 February.
How do we celebrate World Chocolate Day?
Many people who can afford it use it as an excuse to indulge in lots of chocolate or create delicious recipes, but for others World Chocolate Day is a chance to campaign for the rights of the cocoa farmers.
“Farmers should also be able to benefit from their cocoa,” added Ms A’Sante.