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Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

Today we celebrate any type of food that is covered with chocolate.  This day is observed annually on December 16th.

There are so many foods that we can cover with chocolate and everyone will love it guaranteed.  Who doesn’t love chocolate?  You can cover and dip anything,  from candy to fruits and even bacon, yes bacon.  Have you ever had Chocolate Covered Bacon?  The taste of sweet and salty is to die for, and they are my favorite aside from Chocolate Covered Strawberry.

Chocolate begins in Mesoamerica. Fermented beverages made from chocolate date back to 1900 BC. The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, and the seeds once had so much value that they were used as a form of currency. After chocolate’s arrival in Europe from oversea expeditions in the sixteenth century, sugar was added to it and it became popular throughout all of Europe, first among the ruling classes of the European societies, and then among the common people. Jose de Acosta, a Spanish missionary who lived in Peru and then Mexico in the later 16th century, described its use more generally.

So, today, go out and indulge with foods covered in chocolate.  Make anything you want, from chips, bacon, fruits, nuts or whatever food you just feel like dipping in chocolate.  Share on social media your favorite using #ChocolateCoveredAnythingDay.

1977 “Saturday Night Fever” turns John Travolta into a movie star

On this day in 1977, Saturday Night Fever, a movie that ignites the disco dance craze across America, along with the movie career of its star, John Travolta, opens in theaters. Travolta earned a Best Actor Academy Award nomination for his performance as 19-year-old Tony Manero, who during the week toils in a Brooklyn, New York hardware store and on the weekend dons a white suit and becomes king of a discotheque called 2001 Odyssey.

Tony takes great care in his appearance, at one point during the film uttering the now-famous line: “Would ya just watch the hair. Ya know, I work on my hair a long time and you hit it. He hits my hair.”

Music played an essential role in Saturday Night Fever, and the film’s soundtrack, which featured a number of songs by the Bee Gees, including “Stayin’ Alive,” “Night Fever,” “How Deep is Your Love” and “Jive Talkin,” became one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. Saturday Night Fever was one of Gene Siskel’s favorite films. The prominent film critic (who died in 1999) reportedly watched the movie at least 17 times and even purchased the now-iconic white polyester suit Travolta wore while strutting across the lighted dance floor.

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