About National Milk Chocolate Day
Chocoholics unite—it’s National Milk Chocolate Day! Milk chocolate is made of cocoa solids - cocoa paste and cocoa butter - mixed with dry or condensed milk and sugar, and is one of the most common types of chocolates available around the world. It is believed that milk chocolate was first created as a drink in Germany during the mid-19th century.
Chocolate milk was made popular by an Irishman named Sir Hans Sloane when he was visiting Jamaica and was offered a cocoa powder drink by the villagers and thought it tasted foul, so he mixed it with milk instead and brought it back to England where it was sold as a medicine.
The first milk chocolate in the form of a bar that we all recognize today was created by Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter in collaboration with Henri Nestlé, the founder of the chocolate company Nestlé. Did you know that chocolate actually has mood-enhancing benefits? Due to a stimulant called theobromine and a compound called anandamide that it contains—chocolate can make you happy! Now that sounds like an extra reason to celebrate! So today, enjoy it your favorite way--Happy Milk Chocolate Day!
Five Facts about Chocolate
1. More than 50% of adults in the US prefer chocolate to any other flavor.
2. Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy annually. About half of it is chocolate.
3. The word chocolate comes from “Xocolatl,” the Aztec word that means “bitter water.”
4. Eating chocolate can help prevent tooth decay and works as an anti-bacterial agent.
5. The Ivory Coast produces more cocoa than any country in the world which makes for 37% of it.