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December 16, 2021 - Barbie And Barney Backlash Day | National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

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Welcome to December 16, 2021 on the National Day Calendar. Today we celebrate saving your sanity and cocoa mania. Sometimes being popular is a hazard of the job! But it's hard to argue with success when you’re found in over 150 countries. I’m talking of course about Barbie. More than a billion Barbie dolls have been sold around the world thanks to extensive advertising and decades of popularity. Add to that her 36 movies, bigger and better dream houses every year, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah… there’s bound to be a backlash. But, Barbie shares the spotlight with another annoying figure; the giant purple T-Rex, Barney. If you’re a parent, this paleolithic lounge lizard is ringing in your ears almost every day which is enough to drive anyone to the brink. On Barbie and Barney Backlash Day we’re giving everyone a time out. Go to your corners and think about it before you do something you’ll regret.The Aztecs considered cocoa beans more precious than gold and even used them as currency. But Europeans were still in the dark about cocoa mania until the Spanish came to the New World in the 16th century. Once chocolate reached the Spanish court, the secret was out. Adding sugar and spices made it all the more addicting. Chocolate houses that catered to the wealthy became all the rage. But thanks to Coenraad Johannes van Houten the Dutch process made cocoa more accessible to the masses. Today, just about anything can be made more delicious by covering it in chocolate from nuts and cookies to potato chips and popcorn. On National Chocolate Covered Anything Day go ahead and splurge as you celebrate cocoa mania.  I’m Anna Devere and I’m Marlo Anderson. Thanks for joining us as we Celebrate Every Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices