I was so excited when I heard that #InternationalChocolateDay was coming up, but disappointed that it wasn’t on my actual birthday, just three days later. I think I was born on the wrong day, given how much of a fan I am of chocolate! Oh well, I can celebrate all month long, right?
The bean has been consumed as far back as 1900 BC, and was well known to Aztec and Mayan civilizations. While originally from the Americas, today, the small country of Cote D’Ivoire in Africa is responsible for producing 30% of the world’s chocolate. We can thank the Europeans for combining the bean with milk and sugar, and thereby allowing the world a chance to use its imagination in creating recipes with this magical ingredient.
A few months ago, I shared our family Chocolate Trifle recipe, one that I’ve been making (and my family has been enjoying) for years. If there ever needed to be an excuse to make this delicious trifle, September 13th would be a great one because it’s International Chocolate Day!!!