Chocolate Covered Anything – A “Fake” Holiday
According to the Smithsonian, historians believe that chocolate has been around, in some form, for over three thousand years. Beginning as a bean inside of a pod that grows on a cacao tree, there is evidence that ancient civilizations valued the beans so much that they were used as currency – one bean could buy a tamale and 100 could buy a turkey, for example. Others would ferment the fruit that surrounds the bean into an alcoholic beverage.
Chocolate is a powerful force in the global economy, accounting for four billion dollars annually just in the United States. In fact, the average American eats about one half pound of chocolate every month!
So, in honor of this sweet treat, here are a few creative ideas of things to cover in chocolate this Friday:
Sweet: strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, cherries, raspberries, melon, Oreos, waffles, crepes, cheese cake bites, Rice Krispie treats, marshmallows, sponge or pound cake
Savory: pretzels, sweet potato chips, peanut butter crackers, Ritz crackers, popcorn, Triscuit crackers, French fries
“Nutritious”: edamame, Brussel sprouts, bacon, almonds, chili peppers
A little crazy: dried crickets, dried grasshoppers, pickles, ants
Happy Chocolate Covered Anything Day – enjoy your sugar high!