Why is International Chocolate Day celebrated on September 13?

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In the middle of the job, in a Mendoza factory. Photo: Fernando Martinez.

Photo: Fernando Martinez / Diario UNO

In France, in 1995, five years after his death, it was decided to honor Roald Dhal, British author who in 1964 published one of the most successful children’s books of all time: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Coincidentally Also on September 13, Milton Snavely Hershey was born, an american Known for founding the famous chocolate company that bears his last name.

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The chocolate alfajores, a classic.  Photo: Fernando Martinez.

The chocolate alfajores, a classic. Photo: Fernando Martinez.

Photo: Fernando Martinez / Diario UNO

Anyway, chocolate lovers know very well that it does not take many reasons to justify the existence of this particular date.

The production of chocolate is divided into two major tasks: that of cocoa beans on the one hand, and that of chocolate on the other. But the countries that produce the most cocoa beans in the world are not the same as those that generate the most chocolate.

According to a report by the Center for Studies for Sustainable Rural Development and Food Sovereignty (CEDRSSA), between 2019 and 2020 the main producer of cocoa beans in the world was Côte d’Ivoire, with an estimated total of 2,130. 000 million tons of grain.

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General view of a chocolate factory in Mendoza.  Photo: Fernando Martinez.

General view of a chocolate factory in Mendoza. Photo: Fernando Martinez.

Photo: Fernando Martinez / Diario UNO

Then there are the following countries:

  • Ghana (801,500 tons).
  • Ecuador (328 tons).
  • Cameroon (290 tons).

A report by Traders Studio indicates that the countries that top the list for chocolate production are the following:

  • USA.
  • Germany.
  • Switzerland.
  • Belgium.

Curiosities

  • Chocolate production in the United States represents 30% of the world total.
  • Among European countries, the percentage reaches 35%.
  • It is estimated that the US generates more than $ 20 billion annually in chocolate retail sales.
  • In Switzerland, the profits would be 14 billion and, in Germany, 10 billion.

Beyond what these figures imply, the best way to celebrate International Chocolate Day is by enjoying this tasty product. It can also be used to read Roald Dhal’s book or to see any of the two film adaptations that were made of one of his most recognized creations.

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Chocolate has a number of very varied combinations.  Ice cream is one of them.  Photo: Fernando Martinez.

Chocolate has a series of very varied combinations. Ice cream is one of them. Photo: Fernando Martinez.

Photo: Fernando Martinez / Diario UNO

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The production of chocolate is in good demand in Mendoza.  Photo: Fernando Martinez. & Nbsp;

The production of chocolate is in good demand in Mendoza. Photo: Fernando Martinez.

Photo: Fernando Martinez / Diario UNO

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Always tempting: chocolate is one of the richest goodies that exists.  Photo: Fernando Martinez.

Always tempting: chocolate is one of the richest goodies that exists. Photo: Fernando Martinez.

Photo: Fernando Martinez / Diario UNO

This is the process of making chocolate alfajores, although with a few “Mendoza touches” between the ingredients.

International Chocolate Day. Elaboration of alfajores.

We thank Marcos Juarez, from Chocolezza.

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