Milk Chocolate Day - As If You Need A Reason
You may well believe that chocolate is a reasonably modern discovery. You would be both right and wrong at the same time.
It actually has history all the way back to the Aztec and Mayan era of civilisation.
It was originally known as Food Of The Gods and was made from roasted cocoa beans. Chocolate was always in the form of a drink until Victorian times when a way to make solid chocolate was discovered.
Real milk chocolate is made from cocoa ingredients including the expensive cocoa butter and up to 5% vegetable fat.
Compound Milk Chocolate contains much higher levels of vegetable fat. That is why some compound chocolates leave you feeling as if there is a coating on the roof of your mouth. Think cheap Easter Eggs.
The First World War
Today, in 1914, World War One Began. The First World War started when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. He was heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.
His death prompted the declaration of war on Serbia by Austria- Hungary. Inside a month there were alliances struck between various European countries in support of each of the warring parties. These allies then began fighting each other and so a war between two nations quickly escalated into the World War One.
There were huge, incomprehensible losses of life. 40 million casualties consisting of 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded.
The largest 3 losses were Russia with 1.7 million dead, France with over 1.35 million deaths and the then British Empire with close to 1 million men dying.
It seems that we are destined to be always at war somewhere in our world. Its is so bad that it is actually easier to state how many countries are not at war or some sort of conflict right now.
That number is 11.
Will we never learn?