New Holiday in Peru? National Chocolate and Cocoa Day

Gourmet Chocolate dessert

Here is something just about everyone can get behind:

Every October 1, starting this year, Peru will will celebrate “National Chocolate and Cocoa Day”.  The day was established according to an agreement signed four years ago in Germany at a meeting of the International Cocoa Organization. The Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture established this day to raise awareness among chocolate consumers and makers to produce cocoa in an appropriate and sustainable manner. “Establishing this day means to promote its conservation, rational and sustainable use, the protection of cocoa as well as the consumption of a product and its benefits in terms of human health, environment, employment generation and biodiversity.”

When it comes to your health and personal well being, how can you argue with that?  Plus it promoting responsible, sustainable and eco-friendly production, well that is just icing on the cake.  Chocolate icing on a chocolate cake, that is.

Chocolate Tree

An actual chocolate tree - not the fondue kind!

And for the history buffs out there, here is a brief list of chocolate history, courtesy of thestoryofchocolate.com

  • Spanish royalty gave cakes of cacao in their dowries.
  • Approximately 40 million to 50 million people around the world depend upon cocoa for their livelihood.
  • Chocolate contains two doses of cocoa butter—the natural amount from the bean, plus an extra dollop to make it creamy.
  • It takes two to four days to make a single-serving chocolate bar.
  • Chocolate comes from a fruit tree and is made from a seed.
  • The Aztec emperor Montezuma drank 50 cups of cacao a day from a golden chalice.
  • It takes 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate.
  • Studies have found that one of the major saturated fats in chocolate does not raise cholesterol like other hard fats
  • Theobroma Cacao is the tree that produces cocoa beans, and it means “food of the gods.” Carolus Linnaeus, the father of plant taxonomy, named it.
  • The average serving of milk chocolate has about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of decaf coffee.
  • Because cacao trees are so delicate, farmers lose, on average, 30 percent of their crop each year.

Only 257 days left.

7 thoughts on “New Holiday in Peru? National Chocolate and Cocoa Day

    • That is wonderful, thank you! It is too bad you won’t be here for the 1st celebration, as I imagine it will be quite deliciously decadent! Peruvian chocolate is pretty good stuff that isn’t quite as well recognized around the world…yet! I actually met 1 or two other couples a few months back that were visiting plantations to discuss export/import for their restaurants/chocolate shops back in the States. I don’t think there are many people who are doing that, so I am sure you will be warmly welcomed at the plantations!

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