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Our Company was founded in 1994.

Started making Fudge traveling around local fairs.

 

Chocolate Trivia

What is Chocolate Made From?

  • Cacao is a tree, native to South America, whose seeds are the source of cocoa and chocolate.

Cacao beans were so valuable in ancient Mexico that the Maya and subsequent Aztec and Toltec civilizations used them as a means of currency to pay for commodities and taxes

Cocoa, a rare and expensive commodity, had been introduced in Central Europe via Spain as early as the 1600’s but it wasn’t until 1765 that the first chocolate factory was established in the United States.

The French Leader Napoleon insisted that wine, from the Burgundy vineyard called Chambertin,as well as chocolate be available during military campaigns. Due to its precious nature, the distribution of chocolate was limited to himself and his senior military advisors.

In 1896, the recipe for chocolate brownies, an American snack food staple, was introduced in the Fannie Farmer Cookbook.

In 1913, a process was invented by a Swiss Confectioner named Jules Sechaud that allowed chocolates to have unique fillings.

The U.S. produces more chocolate than any other country but the Swiss consume the most, followed closely by the English.

Americans eat an average of 22 pounds of candy each year, or approximately 2.8 BILLION pounds annually, split almost equally between candy and chocolate. That is far less than most Europeans consume.

The Midwest and the Northeast consume more candy per region than the South, Southwest, West or Mid-Atlantic states.

The American palette prefers milk chocolate, approximately 92 percent, but dark chocolate's popularity is growing rapidly.

American chocolate manufacturers use about 1.5 billion pounds of milk only surpassed by the cheese and ice cream industries. They also consume approximately 3,500,000 pounds of whole milk.

Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world's almonds and twenty 20% of the world's peanuts.

 

 

 

 

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