Did you know that Christopher Columbus introduced Europe to the cocoa bean? Or that, more recently, chocolate has been taken into space as part of the diet of U.S. Astronauts? It’s all true and part of the fascinating history of chocolate.
According to the experts at Candy USA, “The story of chocolate, as far back as we know it, begins more than 2000 years ago in equatorial Central America.” Back then, Mayan Indians first created a beverage from crushed cocoa beans which came from the cacao plant. And for the Aztecs, cocoa beans were a form of currency as well as a chocolaty drink.
Cortes was probably the first “westerner” to realize the potential of cocoa and introduced a sweetened version to Spain in the 1500s. From there, a love for chocolate spread across Europe where it was enjoyed as “a delicious, health-giving drink.”
It wasn’t until the 19th century that chocolate began to be enjoyed as we know it today, as a candy created by combining melted cocoa butter with sugar and cocoa powder. But we’ve made up for lost time! During WWII, chocolate candy was supplied to the Allied Armed Forces, giving “them the energy to carry on until more food rations could be obtained.” And, with the dawning of the space age, chocolate was sent into orbit as a part of the diet of American astronauts.
One thing’s certain: as America’s favorite flavor, chocolate is in our future as well as our history!
Making memorable birthday parties has gotten a whole lot easier for busy parents! Sweet Rexies has thought of everything, including birthday themes that children from 5 to 13 really go for!
Little girls love the Glamorous Party Princesses theme. Guests are invited to come in their princess dress-up play clothes and get the opportunity to decorate crowns which they can keep for their very own. Other favorites are Butterflies, Glitter and Crystals and the Glamour Girl Jewelry themes.
Boys enjoy the Monster Trucks and Race Car Raceway themes, where they can paint their vehicles.
It’s Raining Cats and Dogs is a theme everyone appreciates, with bobblehead cats and dogs ready for young artists to bedazzle with paint, glitter, rhinestones and satin bows. And Candy, Candy Everywhere is a delight for all, with guests decorating their own picture frames with candy for some very “sweet” memories!
Sweet Rexies also ensures party success with colorful decorations, party goods and custom candy favors. That’s in addition to supplies for face painting, tattoos, plus Sweet Rexies’ make-your-own ice cream sundaes or chocolate fondue! So there’s no more running from store- to-store to coordinate the perfect event.
If you’re ready to take advantage of hassle-free party planning, contact Sweet Rexies at 203-853-2513, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Norwalk area children are in for a real treat this month, courtesy of the South Norwalk Library. Coming November 27 is a Jack and the Beanstalk Puppet Show for youngsters in grades K – 5. Younger siblings are also welcome for the familiar tale of a young boy who overcomes a mean giant with the help of some magic beans.
The event will be held in the Friends of the Norwalk Public Library Community Room and runs from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Don’t miss this single performance of Jack and the Beanstalk! For more information, contact the South Norwalk Library Children’s Department by calling (203) 899-2790 or visit the Norwalk Public Library Web site for more details.
Greetings, fellow candy and confections lovers. Welcome to Sweet Rexie’s blog; home to the ongoing ramblings of SoNo’s colorful haven for each individual sweet tooth. We encourage our readers to allow their imaginations to explore and thrive on the sweetness and atmospheric charm that we deliver.
Illustrating the epitome of delight and youth, we at Sweet Rexie’s invite you to celebrate and embrace the nostalgia of childhood with lolly-pops and gumballs. Drop by sometime to view the 200 varieties of candy on display, the myriad of ice cream flavors, gift baskets, toys and puzzles. We promise to brighten your day.