Chocolate, a Christmas favorite
The tradition of exchanging chocolates over festive traditions dates back to over 12 centuries ago, with a belief that the royal Aztecs would offer a cup of liquid chocolate to only their most royal warriors, explorers and actual royalty (the 12th century celebs ;))
It was believed by these Aztecs that the cocoa beans were sent down to Earth as a gift from their Gods, therefore only those deemed most worthy were able to enjoy this God Given food source.
Now in the 21st century chocolate has been so commercialized and produced that they are the essential go to items for special occasions, specifically days like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Ramadan, Diwali and pretty much any other occasion you can think of that involves a gift and a party.
It is said that back in the 1900s, in the United Kingdom Queen Victoria would gift her soldier’s chocolate gift boxes as Christmas and New Year’s gift. This idea was then quickly communicated internationally and adapted by many other foreign and international countries.
According to an online article that involves the global statistics of chocolate consumption by Dame Cacao - Link
“Annual global chocolate consumption in 2022 is projected at 7.5 million tons.
With around 7.7 billion people on the planet and an average annual chocolate consumption of just under 2 pounds per person, it’s no surprise that worldwide chocolate consumption in 2022 is up to 7.5 million tons. That’s 16 billion pounds of chocolate a year!”
Based on the above numbers it is clear to see that chocolate is a universal favourite!
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