Chocolate Has Its Very Own Holiday!

A holiday all about chocolate?

Yes, please!

Bittersweet Chocolate Day is an annual event (January 10th) in the US.

Two pieces of chocolateIts objective is simple–a day to celebrate the simple deliciousness that is bittersweet chocolate!

But remember, it’s not just any chocolate that we’re talking about here – it’s bittersweet chocolate.

Let’s discover a bit more….  

Let’s First Talk About Chocolate

Chocolate has been around for a long, long time, with earliest recorded uses dating back to 1100 BC.

cocoa beans on white background, isolatedIt was first discovered by the Aztecs who used the cocoa bean, ground together with pepper and corn, to create a bitter type of beverage. They named this bitter beverage “xocolati,” which is where we get the modern word “chocolate” – about the only similarity between the drink and what’s considered to be “chocolate” by today’s standards.

Chocolate was eventually brought back to Europe, but it took approximately 200 years for it to be solidified into something similar to the modern chocolate bar we enjoy today, with the very first chocolate bar being created in 1839.

Dark chocolate is not only delicious but also rich in antioxidants.  Having said that, it is important to note that given its high calorie (and saturated fat) content, chocolate should always be enjoyed in moderation.  And extra attention is necessary if you are a slow metabolizer of caffeine.

Fun Facts About Chocolate

Here are some fun facts about chocolate:

  • Women eat and crave chocolate two times more than men, but men are more likely to eat Chocolate shavingsdark chocolate than women.
  • The world’s very first chocolate bar was created by Cadbury in England in the 1800’s.
  • Bittersweet Chocolate Day has a sister holiday – National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day, which occurs annually on November 7th.
  • Chocolate contains caffeine; in general, as the cacao percentage of dark chocolate increases, so does its caffeine content.  Each ounce of bittersweet chocolate contains anywhere from 5 to 10 milligrams of caffeine

Jan10_RecipeChefHow Can You Celebrate Bittersweet Chocolate Day?

Now that you know a few things about bittersweet chocolate, how can you celebrate this very special day?

To me, there really is only one way….

Try a brand new recipe made with bittersweet chocolate.  Like this one. It’s one of my favorites and I’m sure you will love it too.

So there you have it – Bittersweet Chocolate Day! Now go out and indulge in a delicious treat.

Just remember to make it bittersweet!