100-Day Celebration With Chocolate Trivia

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Welcome to blog post #100 at American Carepackage!  Let’s celebrate our 100-day blog anniversary with more chocolate trivia.

1946 – Pull out a dime.  Almond Joys are now available!

1950 – The Annabelle Candy Company (founded by Sam Altshuler and named after his daughter) starts selling the Rocky Road candy bar.

1970 – The Snickers Munch Bar is introduced.  Check out this 1970s’ commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCzHOcbN8Ek

More Chocolate Trivia!

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More fun chocolate trivia!

1907 – Hershey’s Kisses enter the chocolate scene.

1921 – The Peter Paul Manufacturing Company decides to sell something other than just rubber.  Knights Knifty Knibbles are introduced.   Oh!  You might recognize the candy bar by its current name…Mounds.

1940 – The York Cone Company in York, Pennsylvania produces (you guessed it) the first York Peppermint Patti.

What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Chocolate cont…

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Ready to travel back with us to some more famous chocolatey dates?  Ready…Set…Munch!

1930 – M&M Mars begins selling Snickers Bars.  (The next time you eat a Snickers Bar, remember its namesake, Snickers…the Mars family’s much loved horse.)

1938 – Nestle Crunch makes a deliciously crunchy entrance…a new sensation for the tastebuds!

1939 – Toll House Inn’s Ruth Graves Wakefield cuts up a Nestle chocolate bar and adds it to a cookie recipe.  The rest is history…Nestle asks to use Wakefield’s recipe on the packaging for Nestle chocolate bars in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Chocolate Trivia cont…

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Welcome back for more chocolate trivia!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – In 1928, H.B. Reese introduces his Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup—the first of its kind.

3 Musketeers – Introduced in 1932, the 3 Musketeers bar contained three pieces with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors.

Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar – Selected by the U.S. government to be included in soldiers’ rations during World War II, this U.S. military chocolate continues to be the main chocolate inserted into military care packages.

Chocolate Trivia

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Welcome back for some more chocolate trivia!  Check out these interesting facts about two of your favorite chocolate candies:

Tootsie Rolls – Naming the beloved candy after his daughter (nicknamed Tootsie), Leo Hartsfield introduced the Tootsie Roll shortly after starting his own candy business in 1896.  More than 100 years later, the Tootsie Roll recipe has stayed the same.

Baby Ruth – Tradition has it that this delicious candy, introduced in 1921 by the Curtiss Candy Company, was named after Ruth Cleveland (President Grover Cleveland’s daughter).  Coincidentally, the year the candy bar was released, Babe Ruth’s fame was growing.  Many believe the Curtiss Candy Company said they were naming the candy after Baby Ruth Cleveland to avoid having to pay the famous Babe Ruth any royalties on sales.

Five Chocolate Heroes

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1765 – The first chocolate factory, Walter Baker Chocolate, is established in the U.S, bringing us the term baking chocolate.

1849 – San Francisco’s Gold Rush brings us one of chocolate’s best friends—Dominbro Ghirardelli.

1868 – California, welcome Etienne Guittard from Paris.  We have him to thank for the delicious brand of Guittard chocolate.

1875 – Switzerland’s Daniel Peter perfects the taste of milk chocolate and goes into business with his good neighbor, Henri Nestle.

1900 – Milton Hershey, a successful caramel candy maker, founds his own chocolate factory in PA.

Wonder who makes the best chocolate chips?  Check out these chocolate taste test results published in the San Diego Union TribuneAnd the winner is…GUITTARD!

Brushing Your Teeth With Chocolate?

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What You Always Wanted to Know (and would never suspect) About Chocolate!

The darker the chocolate, the whiter your teeth.  Sound impossible?  Some studies suggest that the high cocoa-to-sugar ratio in a dark chocolate bar could actually be helping people to have fewer cavities and tooth decay, leading to whiter teeth.  Of course, chocolate should always be eaten in moderation…

Some also believe that chocolate eaters live longer.  Many advocate chocolate as relieving fatigue.  Some say it boosts the brain and fights against depression.  Some think it helps the skin, prevents cancer and/or heart disease and is a good substitute for cough syrup.  The list of suggested benefits goes on…

We don’t have to understand the medical reasoning behind why chocolate is good.  Or have an opinion on if it really helps people in general feel better.

We know from experience….

Chocolate is delicious and sweetens up our day.  We’re also glad to hear it may be gaining a nutritious reputation as well.

We’ll excuse you now as you get up for a delectable dose of dark chocolate…

Taxes = Chocolate?

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What You Always Wanted to Know (and would never suspect) About Chocolate!

Taxes = Chocolate?

Okay, after yesterday’s blog teaser, we know you’re probably anxious to find out who supposedly daily drank 50 goblets of (dyed red) hot chocolate with his favorite flavoring…chili peppers.

Meet Aztec Emperor Montezuma.

Ever chewed on a dollar bill?  Not very tasty.  But if you’d lived in ancient Mexico, you might have been tempted to eat the nation’s currency.  The Aztecs used cacao beans to pay for taxes and supplies.

Maybe now you understand why Montezuma was able to afford drinking 50 goblets of hot chocolate per day?  Taxes never tasted so good.

Disclaimer:  American Carepackage does not recommend you pay your taxes in chocolate.

What You Always Wanted to Know (and would never suspect) About Chocolate!

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What You Always Wanted to Know (and would never suspect) About Chocolate!

Join us for our new blog series—“What You Always Wanted to Know (and Would Never Suspect) About Chocolate!”

For the next few days, we will delve into the sweet world of chocolate.  You will discover life-changing facts such as…

  • How eating chocolate can make you live almost a year longer than someone who doesn’t.
  • How brushing your teeth with chocolate might not be a bad idea.
  • Toss the cough syrup…chocolate may be the perfect solution for that hacking cough.
  • Why dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate.
  • Who supposedly daily drank 50 goblets of (dyed red) hot chocolate with his favorite flavoring…chili peppers.
  • Which movie producer used chocolate syrup for blood in one scene.
  • and other cacao trivia!

Three cheers for chocolate!  One…two…munch.

The 12 Days of Christmas – Day 5

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The 12 Days of Christmas – Day 5

On the fifth day of Christmas, Carepackage gave to me…

5.  Sugar Free Selections

Free!  Don’t you love the sound of it?  Just add the word sugar, and you’ve never tasted anything sweeter.

Carepackage is committed to bringing you an even wider selection of sugar-free delights to sugarcoat your day. Diabetics will appreciate our picturesque gift baskets full of gourmet goodness.

Pamper them with:

  1. Quality
  2. Deliciousness
  3. Picturesque presentations
  4. Love
  5. Thoughtfulness

On the fifth day of Christmas, Carepackage gave to me…

5.  Sugar Free Selections

4.  Brownie Assortments

3.  Community

2.  Sweet and Salty

1.  And a Message from a Pear Tree