A Bit About the History of Chocolate
Chocolate wasn’t always sweet. The first evidence that we have of anyone using chocolate was in 1528. The ancient Mayans and Aztecs used the beans from the cocoa tree to make a drink they called “Xocatll.” After the Spanish conquered Mexico, they brought this bean back with them to Spain and continued to serve this hot drink. Once in Europe, the chocolate drink gained popularity and was introduced into France at a royal wedding in 1615. The bean made its way to England in 1662.
The Aztecs first introduced the consumption of chocolate to the Spaniards, but it was very bitter and people didn’t really like it. Then in 1874, a man named Daniel Peter tried to mix the chocolate with different ingredients and by trial and error he mixed it with powdered milk. This balanced out the flavor so it wasn’t as bitter and it became more popular.
Over the years many people have experimented with the different types of mixes for chocolate, adding sugar, and have come up with what we now know as our everyday chocolate. Eating chocolate was first made popular in this country by Milton Hershey in 1894. He melted chocolate and put it over caramels and everyone loved it.
How to Make Cocoa Beans in Minecraft and How to Use Them
Begin your crafting adventure by going in search of jungle wood trees. In the jungle wood trees, you will find cocoa beans growing naturally in pods. You can also grow cocoa beans by finding at least one set of cocoa beans (put them in your inventory) and using jungle wood. Then you simply place your jungle wood down, and throw the cocoa beans onto it. The pods are planted in the wood, and soon you are harvesting cocoa beans.
You can make chocolate chip cookies using your cocoa beans. You will need wheat (grown with seeds) and cocoa beans. Two pieces of wheat and cocoa beans will make chocolate chip cookies!
Chocolate chip cookies can be eaten for survival, or shared with friends party-style. If your children play together over a Minecraft server, you can all get together and share a chocolate chip cookie feast in honor of Chocolate Day. Finally, you can actually place your cookie on a frame hanging on the wall to decorate your kitchen or dining room.
25 Amazing I.R.L Activities for Celebrating Chocolate Day
1. Chocolate Goop from Paging Fun Mums. This is really messy, but awesome!
2. Chocolate Ice Cream in a Bag from The Pleasantest Thing
3. Chocolate Swirl Lollipops from Meaningful Mama
4. Hot Chocolate Play Dough and Hot Chocolate Paint from Teach Preschool
5. Chocolate Bowls DIY from DIY n Crafts
6. Chocolate Lesson on Matter includes a Free Printable from Once Upon a First Grade Adventure
7. Which Chocolate Melts Faster – a fun science fair project from Hub Pages
9. Scripture Treat Handout use Hershey’s Nuggets to make cool Bible shaped treats. from NomeMade Randomness
10. Invent a Chocolate Bar Coloring Activity Page – Free Printable from Big Doodle Head Blog
11. Hot Chocolate on a Stick from The Cubicle Chick
12. Frozen Banana/Chocolate Penguins from Reading Confetti
13. Chocolate Pudding Pops from Homemaking Fun
14. Chocolate Mustache Pops from Sugar Hero
15. No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies from Coupons and Freebies Mom
16. Chocolate Candy Bar Experiment with a free printable from Reading Confetti
17. Chocolate Kiss Mouse from Inspiration for Home
18. Chocolate Pudding Pictionary from Mountain Parkward — This is messy but awesome!
19. Chocolate Truffle Coloring Page from Dover Publications
20. Chocolate Treats Coloring Page from The Color
21. Chocolate Pick Up Sticks from Nest of Posies
22. Chocolate Dirt Pudding Cups from Oh Nuts
23. Crown of Thorns from Three-Sided Wheel
24. Hot Chocolate Surprise from Fantastic Fun and Learning
25. Edible Chocolate Puffy Paint from Learn Play Imagine – now this is cool!
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