Celebrate Chocolate: Celebrate World Chocolate Day with interesting flavors from around the world
It is believed that chocolate was introduced to Europe in 1550. To commemorate the introduction of chocolate to the world, World Chocolate Day has been celebrated since 2009. However, it is not the only day when chocolate is cherished and famous. National Chocolate Day is observed in the United States on October 28, the National Confectioners Association of the United States marks September 13 as International Chocolate Day, it is also the birth date of Milton S Hershey; Ghana celebrates Chocolate Day on February 14 and Latvia celebrates it on July 11. As the world celebrates World Chocolate Day on July 7, here are some interesting flavors from around the world.
India has a deep connection with its tea. The tea-loving country serves the drink in a number of flavors and ways to prepare it: elaichi tea, ginger tea, masala tea, kulhad tea and so on. The love of tea runs so deep that even chocolates have found a connection to tea in it. A number of brands have rolled out the caffeinated flavor. Some of them include Paul and Mike’s Farm to Bar 57% Vegan Milk Chocolate with Indian Style Masala Chai flavor and Toska’s Chai Masala flavor, a single-origin dark chocolate. One of DAGOBA’s organic chocolate flavors also has a chai touch. Called DAGOBA Organic Chai Chocolate Bar, the chocolate contains 37% cocoa and a tea spice flavor.
Green tea chocolate
Green tea has, in recent years, gained a reputation as the healthy tea that helps with metabolism and the elimination of excess fat. However, who would have thought that a combination of green tea and chocolate could exist. But it does, and the result is a mint-green colored chocolate. From Amul’s Green-T chocolate made with green tea extracts to Nestlé’s KitKat with green tea flavor, big and new brands have introduced the green variant in chocolate. However, these flavors are sold in a few countries, keeping in mind the market for them. Lotte’s Choco Pie is available in green tea flavor, however, again in only a few countries.
Wasabi is also commonly called Japanese horseradish. It has a pungent taste and is a plant from the mustard family. Wasabi is also known to have a number of health benefits like anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. The combination of wasabi and chocolate is what we call opposites attract. Hot tasting wasabi with a hint of chocolate is one of the most interesting chocolate flavor combinations. KitKat introduced wasabi flavor to some markets. Other chocolate brands like Conexion and Lindt also offer wasabi flavored dark chocolates.
Camel milk chocolate
Camel milk is known to be rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which can help prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease etc. It is also claimed that daily consumption of camel milk improves blood sugar control in people with diabetes. While milk chocolates are quite a popular product, camel milk chocolates have also become popular around the world. Aadvik Foods has its range of camel milk chocolates like classic camel milk chocolate and coffee camel milk chocolate. Amul has also launched its camel milk chocolate. Hye Foods offers its range of chocolates with the benefits of camel milk.
Sea salt chocolate
The benefits of sea salt are said to outweigh the benefits of regular table salt. It contains more minerals than processed salt. Sea salt also helps with arthritis, heart function, digestion, and a better immune system. Sea salt flavor is becoming increasingly popular in chocolates. Mason & Co has its Sea Salt Dark Chocolate and Rosemary Sea Salt Dark Chocolate. Lindt’s dark chocolate comes with a hint of sea salt, Godiva’s signature dark chocolate has a salty flavor with sea salt crystals.
Sweet potato chocolate
Sweet potatoes are known as good sources of beta-carotene, plant compounds, vitamins and minerals. It also helps improve blood sugar regulation. Chocolates after potato chips are often kids’ favorite snacks, but combining the two is a weird but real idea. Okinawa in Japan finds a rare flavor of KitKat: the sweet potato flavor that comes in a rosy purple wrapper. The limited-edition rollout was aimed at the region.
Another interesting mix is that of chilli and chocolate. Chilli is known to boost metabolism and reduce appetite. Chili peppers are also a good source of antioxidants. Chilli Chocolate flavor is quite common and easy to find with brands like Lindt’s which has Chilli Dark Chocolate flavor, Smoor’s which has Indian Spicy Chilli Dark Chocolate flavor, Mason & Co which has Chocolate Chilli flavor black with chilli and cinnamon, etc. RiteBite’s Max Protein brand has launched a chocolate chili flavored breakfast cookie. Paul and Mike’s Amazon Pink Pepper Chocolate is also unique with cocoa beans, cocoa butter, muscovado sugar and Amazon pink pepper are some of its ingredients.