Who are we? We the people are Chocolate and we are here to tell you why chocolate ice cream is the best. The word chocolate is derived from the Classical Nahuatl word xocolātl.
By the seventeenth century, chocolate was a fashionable drink throughout Europe. A little over 100 years later the industrial revolution made higher levels of production possible. Then, in 1815, a Dutch chemist found a way to reduce the bitter taste and soon after that solid chocolate was created. Chocolate was included in soldier’s rations in the Revolutionary War.
The earliest frozen chocolate recipes were published in Naples, Italy in 1693 in Antonio Latini’s The Modern Steward. Chocolate was one of the first ice cream flavors, created before vanilla, as common drinks such as hot chocolate, coffee, and tea were the first food items to be turned into frozen desserts. Cacao plantations spread, as the English, Dutch, and French colonized and planted. With the depletion of Mesoamerican workers, largely to disease. In the 2000s, some chocolate producers began to engage in fair trade initiatives, to address concerns about the marginalization of cocoa laborers in developing countries. Traditionally, Africa and other developing countries received low prices for their exported commodities such as cocoa, which caused poverty to abound. Fairtrade seeks to establish a system of direct trade from developing countries to counteract this unfair system.
Last year’s top five favorite ice cream flavors in the world, chocolate was rated third. While Vanilla was rated 5th. Research to date supports that chocolate can be enjoyed as part of a balanced, heart-healthy diet and lifestyle. Chocolate is indeed a vegetable. Some also argue that it is a fruit, it is in fact good for you. Chocolate is a product of the cacao bean which grows in pod-like fruits on tropical cacao trees.
Chocolate ice cream became popular in the United States in the late nineteenth century. The first advertisement of ice cream in America started in New York on May 12, 1777 when Philip Lenzi announced that ice cream was officially available “almost every day”. Until 1800, ice cream was a rare and exotic dessert enjoyed mostly by the elite. Around 1800 insulated ice houses were invented and manufacturing ice cream soon became an industry in America. “Too much of a good thing is simply wonderful!” – Deborah Fox-Rothschild
We, the Chocolate Nation of America, behold our promise to win in this #IceCreamElection2020.