World Chocolate Day is marked annually on July 7 to celebrate this delicious indulgence.

The history of chocolate goes back around hundreds of years ago when Aztec emperor Montezuma served a chocolate-based drink, "Xocolātl," to Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés. The explorer took the drink back to his country and improvised it by infusing it with vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. However, there is little evidence to suggest Cortés was the first transporter of chocolate to Europe.

Chocolates are natural mood lifters and also have a multitude of health benefits.

Here are some quotes, courtesy Goodreads, to read and share with all chocolate lovers.

1. “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.” ― Charles M. Schulz

2. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” ― Linda Grayson

3. “Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.” ― Joanne Harris

4. “Chocolate says "I'm sorry" so much better than words.” ― Rachel Vincent

5. “Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.” - Dave Barry

6. "Everywhere in the world there are tensions - economic, political, religious. So we need chocolate." -A lain Ducasse

7. “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” - Linda Grayson

8. "The moment of cocoa-drinking was always the moment of confidences." - Stella Benson

9. "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." - Tom Hanks

10. "Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates." - Fernando Pessoa

Chocolates Indulge yourself in all types of chocolates. Photo: Pixabay