One of the best days of the year is coming up on Monday, October 28 — National Chocolate Day! Chocolate has a long and interesting history around the globe. Check out these facts below if you want to learn more about the world’s favorite treat, preferably while munching on a pint of chocolate ice cream. ;)
She was on a mission to create a delicious, healthy ice cream that was sensitive to sugar-conscious diets and lifestyles.
In Aztec and Mayan times, the Aztecs would trade cacao beans to the Mayans because they could not be grown in the dry highlands of Central Mexico. In fact, it’s said that Aztecs could purchase a turkey hen for 100 beans.
In 1739, he was selling books, pencils, ink, writing paper, and "very good chocolate” that was produced locally.
They are a popular treat for astronauts to take aboard spaceships because of their size, but also as a means for entertainment in the zero-gravity chambers.
The name Theobroma cacao was first given to the tree by Carolus Linnaeus –the father of modern-day taxonomic plant classification.
Historians estimate that chocolate has been around for about 2,000 years. But for most of that time, it was served as a bitter liquid, mixed with spices or corn puree. It was believed to be an aphrodisiac and to give the drinker strength.
In the 1930’s, Ruth Graves Wakefield invented the cookie by accident while making a batch of Butter Drop Do cookies, but the chocolate chips in the batter stayed intact.
Milton S. Hershey and his wife Catherine had a VIP ticket booked on the ill-fated voyage, but had to cancel at the last minute due to business matters.
Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old, but they produce usable beans for only 25 years.
Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. Because chocolate has an anti-bacterial effect on the mouth, it can help protect against tooth decay. Also, chocolate milk has been proven to actually help athletes recover faster after exercise.
Now that you’ve brushed up on your chocolate knowledge, grab a pint of keto chocolate ice cream from Mammoth Creameries and dig in! You can use our convenient location finder tool here or have it shipped directly to your door.