World Chocolate Day

World Chocolate Day is celebrated annually on July 7.  This is a day to indulge in your favorite chocolate, whether it is chocolate milk, hot chocolate, a chocolate candy bar, chocolate cake, brownies or something covered in chocolate.

Chocolate is hugely popular all over the world. It is said to have been first introduced in Europe on July 7, 1550.  Chocolate comes in different flavors, including milk, white and dark chocolate.  Some scientists now say that eating dark chocolate every day is better for you than eating vegetables.

Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) leads the world in production and export of the cocoa beans used in the manufacture of chocolate,[1]

as of 2012, supplying 33% of cocoa produced in the world. West Africa collectively supplies two thirds of the world’s cocoa crop, with Ivory Coast leading production at 1.8 million tonnes as of 2017, and nearby Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Togo producing additional 1.55 million tonnes.[2][3][4] Ivory Coast overtook Ghana as the world’s leading producer of cocoa beans in 1978, and today is highly dependent on the crop, which accounts for 40% of national export income.[5][6] The primary non-African competitor of Ivory Coast is Indonesia, which went from having almost nonexistent domestic cocoa industry in the 1970s to becoming one of the largest producers in the market by the early 2000s. According to the UN FAO, Indonesia overtook Ghana and became the second-largest producer worldwide in 2006.[2] (World Cocoa Foundation provides significantly lower figures for Indonesia, but concurs that it is the largest producer of cocoa beans outside West Africa.[7]) Large chocolate producers such as Cadbury, Hershey’s, and Nestle buy Ivorian cocoa futures and options through Euronext whereby world prices are set.[4]

When is National Chocolate Day 2019, July 7th!

OBSERVE NATIONAL DAY OF CHOCOLATE

Enjoy some of your favorite chocolate today.  Post photos on social media using #WorldChocolateDay.

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