National Chocolate Caramel Day: Delicious discoveries that have remained staples for centuries

Chocolate’s 4,000 year history began in present-day Mexico. It’s here that the first cacao plants were found. The Olmec, one of the earliest civilizations in Latin America, were the first to turn the cacao plant into chocolate. They drank their chocolate during rituals and used it as medicine.

It’s estimated that each year, the average American will eat 11lbs of chocolate, equating to 2.8 billion lbs. of chocolate consumed each year. To put that into perspective, the weight of the US capitol dome is 9.1 million lbs.

As for caramel, it’s really no surprise where the gooey goodness originates from. The birthplace of caramel is believed to be in Arabia back around the time of 1000 AD when sugar crystals and water were combined in a crystallization process.

We can certainly appreciate that for centuries and throughout time, these delicious treats have been enjoyed and continue to offer their delectable flavor qualities as a main staple in sweets today.

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