Now here’s a good excuse to eat all of the chocolate you want Melissa d'Arabian via AP
This July 12, 2016 photo shows chocolate peanut butter baked doughnuts in Coronado, Calif. This dish is from a recipe by Melissa d'Arabian. (Melissa d'Arabian via AP)

How sweet it is to know October 28 is National Chocolate Day and December 16 is National Chocolate-Covered-Anything Day.

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Savor these seven chocolate facts today.

  1. Chocolate is made from roasted cocoa beans. They can be found in Central American rainforests.
  2. Ancient cultures used to roast the beans and then mash them into a paste to mix with water and other spices.
  3. Originally, chocolate was a delicacy only the ruling class could afford.
  4. When the conquistadors came looking for silver and gold, some returned to Spain with chocolate instead. You could use cocoa beans as currency.
  5. By the 1800s, chocolate was so popular that it was available nearly all around the world, but only to the wealthy.
  6. Johannes van Houten invented a chocolate press that allowed chocolate to be affordably mass produced.
  7. In 1847, the first chocolate bar — a simple mixture of cocoa powder, cocoa butter and sugar — was created.
Kendall Trammell is a writer for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @KendallTrammell.
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