National Chocolate Day
Happy National Chocolate Day everybody!
I'm not sure about you, but we here at the library love chocolate! Chocolate goes great with almost everything (well maybe not anchovies)! Here are some fun chocolate facts we want to share:
All chocolate we eat comes from a tree called the cacao tree.
Some doctors say that eating a piece of chocolate is actually good for you!
A long, long time ago, the Mayans used chocolate like money!
More than 80 million Hershey chocolate kisses are made everyday!
How does chocolate actually become chocolate? Well it's a long process! Chocolate starts from the cacao tree. Now, the cacao tree grows large fruit pods that are picked. Now, that's just the first step. When the pod is opened, there are seeds. Those seeds are what is used to make chocolate. The seeds are taken out of the fruit pod and dried to become cocoa beans. Then, the cocoa beans go to big factories where the beans are roasted (just like coffee), the shells from the cocoa beans are removed, leaving the inside or cacao nibs. Cacao nibs are the big ingredient to make chocolate. WHEW! It takes a lot of work to make chocolate.
To find out more about how chocolate is made and its history, you can click here.
Of course, chocolate is yummy to eat on its own, but chocolate desserts are yummy too! If you're interested into making chocolate desserts, you can check out Chock Full of Chocolate by Elizabeth McLeod, Chocolate Chill-Out Cake and Other Yummy Desserts by Nick Fauchald, or any other recipe books from the library! If you need help, just ask a librarian!!!