One can associate the word ‘chocolate’
with happy times. From the distant past, people have always loved to consume chocolate
and it has been an integral part of any occasion. Though there are many
countries all over the world producing chocolates, yet Germany is one of the
few countries that is popular in terms of chocolates.
German chocolates are well known
for its exquisite taste and fine quality and is vastly accredited by other
parts of the globe as well. It is considered to be a tough adversary for the
world renowned Swiss and Dutch chocolates. Out of the array, to name a few
famous German chocolates are Ritter Sport, Milka, Sarotti, Alpia etc. These
chocolates are categorized into four different types such as dark chocolate,
milk chocolate, white chocolate and couverture or melting chocolate.
The roots of chocolates can be
linked back to the 17th century, when chocolates were distributed as medicine
or tonic in drugstores. Towards the end of the 19th century, chocolate has come
a long way from being a tonic to a luxury good. With that transformation a huge
variety of chocolate products became popular all over the world.
German chocolate is named after
Sam German, an American, who created a sweet baking chocolate for the Baker’s
Chocolate Company. The beginning of German Chocolate Industry can be dated back
to 1765. 1765 is considered as the initial stage of chocolate industry in
Germany. Prince Wilhelm von der Lippe built the first chocolate factory in
Steinhude, although the term ‘factory’ should not be taken literally as chocolate
were produced by hand. In Portugal, the workers were specially hired for this
purpose as they had much more experience in chocolate craftsmanship.
At that time, chocolate was
considered as a luxury good. Hence, the price was on a higher end. From thereon chocolate was already more or
less common in other European countries.
Leipzig was the first confection
which manufactured chocolate in 1821 and the confectionery expanded in 1935 to
a café where mostly the elite population would gather and adapt the fashion of
the French, the Italian and the Spanish. The growth and popularity of chocolate
sale in many European countries were amplified due to the abolition of the
prices on cocoa.
Closer to the second half of the
19th century, post the German-French-War 1870-1871, the cultivation of sugar
beets replaced the former expensive import of sugar and that led to economic
boom as a result of which the chocolate branch expanded at a rapid growth. By
then the assortment of chocolate products became larger.
The current variety of chocolates
are mind-boggling. From plain milk chocolate to the bitter dark variety infused
with anything from fruits, herbs, liqueur, nuts, and alcohol, one is simply
spoilt for choice.
German chocolates have kept a low
profile outside its country. One of the primary reasons is due to the unabashed
publicity of their neighboring Swiss chocolates which claim to be popular when
it comes to chocolates.
At present, when it comes to
German chocolate, people usually think of Lindt and all that it stands for —
great taste, fantastic shapes, scrumptious flavors, and stylish packaging.
Lindt is easily the foremost thing one can actually think of when the occasion
demands gift someone a box of chocolates. They have the perfect gift for any
occasion from Valentine’s Day to Anniversaries. And the cute bunnies of the
Easter season are favourite worldwide.
Also, very few people know that
Hachez chocolates has a history of over a hundred years. So the next time you
enjoy the gummy bears, kindly remember that the recipe is all the way back from
1890 when the company first came into being. Hachez has one of the finest dark
chocolates and also organize exhibitions regarding the art of making chocolate.
Also, the famous German chocolate
cake, which owes its name to an English-American chocolate maker named Samuel
German, who developed a preparation of dark baking chocolate which was later used
in the cake recipe. Sweet baking chocolate is traditionally used for the chocolate
flavor in the actual cake. The possessive form of Germans were dropped in publications
later on which then formed the “German Chocolate Cake” identity
giving the false impression of a German origin. The recipe is still popular
till date and has been adopted by quite a lot of baking companies.
Thus, June 11 is celebrated as
National German Chocolate Cake Day in America to enjoy the flavour of chocolate
which implies that Germans are the owners of great chocolates even in modern