Chocolate lovers rejoice as February 14th is National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day! On a day when heart-shaped boxes are filled with bite-sized chocolates with ooey, gooey centers, quite a few of these cream-filled goodies will be exchanged and shared on this holiday.
Whether it is milk chocolate, dark chocolate or white chocolate filled with marshmallow cream, creme de menthe or coconut cream, there are countless ways for chocoholics to indulge their passion, but there are those among us who hold a special place in their hearts for cream-filled chocolates, and Cream-Filled Chocolates Day has been created with these people in mind. There’s just something about snapping through the outer layer of chocolate and letting that luscious creamy centre melt on your tongue; nothing else compares! Whether it’s strawberry, butterscotch or peppermint you crave, there’s a flavour to satisfy anyone’s taste. So is there any reason not to celebrate this most delicious of holidays? We think not!
The History of Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
The concept of cream-filled chocolates was actually based on the first, simple pralines made in the 17th century by a sugar industrialist named Marshal du Pessis-Praslin. At the time, cocoa (and therefore chocolate) was relatively unknown in Europe, and so the pralines of the day were mostly just nuts coated in a layer of caramelized sugar. Due to the many new ingredients available from the New world, slowly but surely pralines began to evolve and get ever more creative and fancy as the years went by. The first cream-filled chocolates as we know them today were made in 1912 by Jean Neuhaus II, a Belgian chocolatier, and soon these chocolate contained everything from various liqueurs, to marzipan, to fruits, to caramel, to almost anything else you can imagine.
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In the 1800’s, physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.
More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.
At one time, conversation candies were made into shapes including horseshoes, baseballs, and watches.
At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include “Yeah Right,” “Call Home” and “Puppy Love.”
It is believed that Madame Du Barry served chocolate to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile.