Chocolate Covered Anything – A “Fake” Holiday

Did you know that December 16 is National Chocolate Covered Anything day? Yes, this made-up holiday is quickly becoming a sweet-lovers reason to celebrate even more this month. Here is a brief history of chocolate and some ideas of what you can cover with it – some delicious and some only for the adventurous!

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.

The conquistadors brought a chocolate drink back to Spain that was served to them by the Aztecs. At first thought of as very bitter, once mixed with honey or cane sugar it became popular among the wealthy in Europe in the 1600s. In 1828, a Dutch chemist discovered how to make what is now known as Dutch cocoa that led to the creation of modern solid chocolate. The Cadbury company was created in England in 1868, followed by the original milk chocolate makers, Nestle.

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!

  1. JP O'Grady Canary Gold 4:56