February Cookie of the Month: Chocolate
February is National Chocolate Month! We happen to love chocolate and use a great deal of it in our baking. Most people do not realize that for roughly 90 percent of chocolate’s long history, it was a beverage and not a food.
The origin of the word chocolate dates back to the Aztec word ”xocoatl,” which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cocoa beans.
Most historians agree that chocolate has been around for at least 2,000 years. Chocolate was cherished and highly valued from its beginning. Cacao beans were valuable enough to use as currency. Soldiers in the Revolutionary War received chocolate in lieu of wages.
Sweetened chocolate didn’t appear until Europeans discovered the Americas.
By the 17th century, chocolate was considered a fashionable drink throughout Europe with nutritious and medicinal benefits. It was a luxury item only the wealthy could afford.
The invention of the steam engine in the late 1700’s made producing chocolate at a mass scale possible.
In 1828, a Dutch chemist created powdered cacao, which led to creating solid chocolate.
Joseph Fry in 1847 created the first chocolate bar.
In 1868, Cadbury began marketing boxes of chocolate candy in England. Milk chocolate soon followed with Nestle at the helm.
Chocolate does quite well in the US with more than 4 billion dollars in sales! It’s estimated that Americans consume a minimum of half a pound per month!
Can you guess which holiday sells the most chocolate? Halloween takes first, followed by Easter and then Valentine’s Day!
In honor of National chocolate month contact us and we will make you some delicious chocolate cookies-we have several to pick from!