Today is World Chocolate Day and marks 467 years since chocolate was first introduced to Europe!
It was quite kind of Haigh’s Chocolates to give away free chocolate frogs today: milk, dark, milk peppermint and dark peppermint. Jal, D and I went to get some. D and I both got dark (I got it for MrFodder), and Jal picked milk. I realised this is an insidious way to learn people’s chocolate preferences.
D said he had never heard of Haigh’s Chocolates before, and I was pretty surprised, as it’s a pretty famous Australian chocolate store, and MrFodder and I visited their store in Adelaide. It was opened on the 1st of May, 1915, making chocolate-covered fruit centres. The grandson of the owner went to Switzerland to train with Lindt and Sprungli, learned about production in the US and changed the manufacturing process.
I don’t know what the deal is with the chocolate frogs, but it seems to be an iconic thing. I bought some for a friend who was visiting Australia, and when I buy chocolate from Haigh’s to give as a gift, I usually pick the frogs. According to their page, it’s because they support a number of research projects to protect Australia’s frog species.
There’s a bit of chocolate trivia for you for World Chocolate Day!