With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, chocolate-covered strawberries are sure to be in high demand. Chocolate’s a special treat enjoyed by many people regularly — with a significant increase on February 14th, of course! Have you ever wondered where the chocolate-covered strawberry came from? If so, you’re in luck. Here are the origins and history of the chocolate-covered strawberry — so you can anticipate these delicious treats ahead of the holiday all about love.
Understanding The History Of Chocolate
Chocolate has been enjoyed by many, as far back as 1100 BC. There is evidence that the Mayans and Aztecs both enjoyed chocolate as a drink and also used cocoa beans as a currency. As cocoa began to spread around the world thanks to the Age of Discovery, many different variations of the chocolate bar emerged. Ultimately, candy makers began to add milk and sugar, and sometimes nuts, to finally create creamy varieties of the treat.
Understanding The History Around Strawberries
Wild strawberries may be dated all the way back to Italy in 234 BC. However, the actual deliberate cultivation of the fruit may only have occurred rather recently in world history – some Native American tribes were cultivating them as recently as the 1600s AD. The name “strawberry” derives from the fact that people would put straw around the base of the plant both for protection and to provide nutrients. People have enjoyed strawberries for centuries due to their sweet taste and their lovely smell.
Putting Chocolate and Strawberry Together
While both chocolate and strawberries have been around for a while, it wasn’t until the 1960s that the idea to combine them was born. A woman working at a gourmet store in Chicago, Lorraine Lorusso of the Stop ‘N’ Shop, is said to be the inventor of this delicious treat. She took some of the store’s gourmet chocolate and dipped fresh strawberries into the mixture, selling them to customers after the chocolate shell hardened.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Help of Wockenfuss!
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A Wide Selection of Delicious Treats from Wockenfuss Candies
Head to WockenfussCandies.com and browse our wide selection of chocolates and candies; we promise you won’t be disappointed! Wockenfuss Candies is one of the oldest candy makers in Baltimore. We opened our doors in 1915 and have proudly served the people of Baltimore ever since. If you have any questions about our wide selection of chocolates, please contact Wockenfuss Candies by calling 1-800-296-4414 or email info@Wockenfusscandies.com. When you’re not savoring our sweets, stay satisfied by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!