Oh, right! Like we actually wait for a special day to eat chocolate! But no need to let a perfectly good made-up holiday go to waste! I’m having milk chocolate-covered almond clusters. What are you having?
On average, we recognize three chocolate holidays a month. July celebrates chocolate as often as February, and on the 28th it is the ever popular National Milk Chocolate Day! Solid chocolate, when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate. The most popular of all candy bars sold contain milk chocolate. Milk chocolate is also a popular ingredient in baking, specialty coffee drinks, and hot chocolate.
From the mid-17th century, milk was sometimes added to chocolate beverages, but in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy your favorite milk chocolate.
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Our research has found that National Milk Chocolate Day was started by the National Confectioners Association.
The average person will consume 10,000 chocolate bars in a lifetime.
In 2006, more than 6.5 million tons of chocolate was traded worldwide.
Chocolate has evolved into such a massive industry that between 40 and 50 million people depend on cacao for their livelihood.
Every second, Americans collectively eat 100 pounds of chocolate.
In the U.S., chocolate candy outsells all other types of candy combined, by 2 to 1.
There were 1,333 U.S. manufacturing establishments that produced chocolate and cocoa products in 2012, employing 37,150 people. This industry’s value of shipments totaled $14.4 billion. (US Census Bureau, 2014)
17,000 people in Belgium work in the chocolate industry.
Seven billion pounds of chocolate and candy are manufactured each year in the United States.
Americans consumed over 3.1 billion pounds of chocolate in 2001, which is almost half of the total world’s production.
Americans buy more than 58 million pounds of chocolate on Valentine’s Day every year, making up 5% of sales for the entire year.
Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40 percent of the world’s almonds and 20 percent of the world’s peanuts.
Chocolate manufacturers in the United States use approximately 3.5 million pounds of whole milk daily to make milk chocolate.
The chocolate industry is worth approximately $110 billion per year.
Over 50% of adults in the U.S. prefer chocolate to any other flavor.
The country whose people eat the most chocolate per capita than any other nation on earth is Switzerland, with 22 pounds eaten per person each year. Australia and Ireland follow with 20 pounds and 19 pounds per person, respectively. The United States comes in at 11th place, with approximately 12 pounds of chocolate eaten by each person every year.
Per capita, the Irish eat more chocolate than Americans, Swedes, Danes, French, and Italians.
Belgium produces 172,000 tons of chocolate per year. Over 2,000 chocolate shops are found throughout the country, many located in Brussels, where Godiva chocolate originated.
Never give a dog chocolate, as it contains theobromine, which is a central nervous system stimulant. A chocolate bar is poisonous to dogs and can even be lethal. As little as 2 ounces of chocolate can kill a small dog.
Theobromine can kill a human as well. You’d have to be a real glutton to go out this way, as a lethal dose of chocolate for a human being is about 22 lbs., or 40 Hershey bars.
Pet parrots can eat virtually any common “people-food” except for chocolate and avocados. Both of these are highly toxic to the parrot and can be fatal.
The biggest chocolate structure ever made was a 4,484lb, 10 foot tall Easter egg, made in Melbourne Australia.
The largest chocolate bar ever weighed just over 12,770 pounds.
The largest cuckoo clock made of chocolate can be found in Germany.
In 2002, Marshall Field’s in Chicago made the largest box of chocolate. It had 90,090 Frango mint chocolates and weighed a whopping 3,326 pounds.
The most expensive chocolate in the world is the “Madeleine”, at $2,600 per pound. It was created by Fritz Knipschildt, a chocolatier in Connecticut.
Commercial chocolate usually contains such low amounts of cacao solids that it is more likely the sugar that chocolate lovers are addicted to.
It has been observed that chocolate cravings cannot be satisfied by any sweet/candy other than chocolate itself.
When we eat chocolate:
- 66% of chocolate is consumed between meals.
- 22% of all chocolate consumption takes place between 8pm and midnight.
- More chocolate is consumed in winter than any other season.
Info is from NationalDayCalendar.com, The Chocolate Website, and Google.
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