Chocolate is America's favorite flavor,
so it's no surprise that chocolate candy is so popular...
Did you know that...
...The U.S. Army's Meals-Ready-to-Eat contain chocolate bars?
...U.S. astronauts have taken chocolates into space
as part of their diets?
The term "chocolate candy" is a broad one.
It can refer to:
-chocolate covered candy
-box of chocolates
-others (such as candy apples)
And within most of these terms there are subcategories.
In addition to this diversity of terms, there's also the distinction between commercially-produced chocolate and gourmet chocolate, handmade by chocolatiers.
The only thing better than a box of chocolates is...
a bigger box of chocolates!
Chocolates are a traditional gift for Mother's Day, Christmas Day, and, especially, Valentine's Day.
Some boxes contain the same type or flavor throughout, but most offer a wide variety of fillings such as nuts, caramel, nougat, liqueur, cream, wafers, fruit, toffee, coconut, marshmallow and, of course, more chocolate. Each little compartment contains a confectionery delight that could be either rich and creamy, nutty and crunchy, or soft and chewy.
Half the fun of eating chocolates is trying to guess what's going to be inside each one. (Experienced chocolate lovers know to watch out for teeth marks, too!)
It's rumored that Richard Cadbury introduced the first box of chocolates in 1868 when he decorated a candy box with a painting of his young daughter. Cadbury is also credited with inventing the first Valentine's Day candy box.
In 1912, the Whitman's Sampler box was conceived when Stephen Whitman decided a needlework sampler hanging in his home would make attractive packaging. It was the first box of chocolates that disclosed each separate piece of chocolate's filling.
In the fall of 2002, the largest box of candy was created. It was a Frango Mint Chocolates Box by Marshall Field's in Chicago, Illinois. The box weighed 3,226 lbs. and contained 90,090 individual chocolates!
Click on these links for more detailed information on different types of gourmet chocolate candy:
DARK CHOCOLATE Candy
-Dark chocolate is often distinguished by the percentage of cocoa solids...
WHITE CHOCOLATE Candy
-White chocolate first appeared in Switzerland in the 1930s...
SUGAR FREE Chocolates
-Sugar free chocolate candy is of particular benefit to people with Diabetes...
-The first chocolate bar was invented in 1847, and there's been no looking back...
-First created in December 1895 in France...
-The first batch resulted from "botched" caramels...
Chocolate Dessert Café doesn't want anyone to be left out of enjoying gourmet chocolate candy...
Click on the links below for more on these specialty chocolates:
GLUTEN FREE Chocolates