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National Truffles Day

May 2 is National Truffles Day!

Truffles are chocolate based confections that are filled with a creamy ganache and topped with cocoa powder, hard shell chocolate, icing, chopped nuts, or drizzled chocolate. There are three main types of truffles which vary in their preparation slightly: American, European, and Swiss.

French Patissiere Louis Dufour invented the chocolate truffle in Chambery, France in 1895. The chocolate covered ganache balls looked a lot like black mushroom truffles that grew deep in the forest, so the confections were named after them.

A few years later, Antoine Dufour opened the Prestat Chocolate Shop in London, which is credited for the popularization of chocolate truffles in the UK and beyond.

Celebrate National Truffles Day by – what else? – eating truffles!

Sources: Punch Bowl, Wikipedia

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World Nutella Day

February 5 is World Nutella Day!

Nutella is a brand name chocolate hazelnut spread invented in the 1940s and introduced to the market in 1963. Nutella is manufactured by Italy-based company, Ferrero, and the spread’s main ingredients include hazelnut, cocoa, and skim milk.

World Nutella Day is an occasion where Nutella lovers all over can unite based on their love of the sweet spread. Celebrate by dipping fruit in Nutella or spreading some on toast to jumpstart your breakfast. Participate in the Nutella discussion by using Twitter hashtag #nutelladay.

Sources: Nutella Day, Wikipedia

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National Cocoa Day

Heiße SchokoladeHappy National Cocoa Day!

We’re not sure if  December 13 celebrates cocoa beans or hot cocoa (or the cocoa powder used to make hot cocoa and other chocolaty treats). Considering that we’re in the midst of December and the holiday season, we’re going to assume National Cocoa Day is a day to celebrate hot cocoa. There’s no better time of year to cozy up by the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa.

Did You Know…that chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, can be good for your health? Cocoa contains flavanol antioxidants that improve cardiovascular health and may reduce your risk of heart disease and several types of cancer by protecting your body from damage caused by free radicals.

To reap the health benefits of your hot cocoa, skip the processed hot cocoa, which contains high amounts of fat and sugar, canceling out the health benefits of the chocolate.  Instead, make your own hot cocoa using unsweetened cocoa powder (more recipes below). Click here to learn the health benefits of cocoa powder.

Hot Chocolate (plus tips and variations)
“Perfectly Chocolate” Hot Cocoa (plus sugar-free version)
Hot Cocoa (plus variations)
More Hot Cocoa Recipes, Hot Cocoa Mix Recipes  and Tips!

Sources: punchbowl.com, livestrong.com, thehersheycompany.com, webmd.com Photo Source: Itisdacurlz, CC-BY-3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
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National Milk Chocolate Day

Schokolade-braunIt’s National Milk Chocolate Day! July 28 is all about indulging your tastes buds with this sweet treat. Whether you prefer your milk chocolate plain, with nuts, in cookies, blanketing strawberries or melting between graham cracker squares and a toasted marshmallow, you should spend today savoring your favorite milk chocolate bar, candy or other treat.

Just don’t go overboard! Dark chocolate may be full of health-boosting antioxidants, but not milk chocolate.

Learn more about milk chocolate by clicking here.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, punchbowl.com, webmd.com

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Chocolate Day

Chocolate1July 7 is one of the best days of the year. Why? It’s Chocolate Day!

Chocolate Day is easy to celebrate: eat chocolate! Want to know how you can incorporate chocolate into every meal? Meet your Chocolate Day menu:

Breakfast: Whip up some chocolate chip pancakes or chocolate french toast. Or simply  pair your usual breakfast with a glass of chocolate milk.

Lunch: Toss a chocolate pudding pack, dark chocolate, or a mini chocolate candy bar in with your lunch for a post-lunch treat. You can also incorporate chocolate into your actual meal. Try some chocolate chili!

Mid-Morning and Afternoon Snacks: Chocolate at snack time? No problem! Try chocolate covered raisins, fruit or nuts. Or you can add a piece of dark chocolate to your regular snack.

Dinner: Experiment with chocolate infused dishes at dinner time by making a dish with mole sauce, such as Women’s Health Magazine’s  Poached (or grilled or baked) Chicken with Chocolate Mole or Hershey’s Cocoa-Coffee Spiced Chicken with Salsa Mole.

Post-Dinner Dessert: Not tired of chocolate yet? Follow dinner with a bowl of chocolate ice cream, a cup of hot chocolate,  a piece (or two) of your favorite chocolate, or chocolate cake. The possibilities are endless! Browse through the dessert recipes on Hershey’s website for ideas.

Sources: holidayinsights.com, womenshealthmag.com
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