National Bittersweet Chocolate Day celebrates the combination of chocolate and almonds, one of the oldest and most popular sweet combinations in the world of confectionery. This event is initiated and sponsored by the National Confectioners Association and takes place on November 7th.
The history of the holiday in dates
- 1830 – British chocolate makers Father J.S. Fry and his sons figured out a way to turn cocoa into a hard sweet.
- 1853 – a method for cheaper and simpler production of chocolate was invented, making it accessible to many people. • 1920 – the famous Hershey’s Mounds bars, made from dark chocolate, almonds, and coconut, first appeared on sale.
- 1925 – The cocoa exchange opened in America, turning chocolate into a business.
- 1938 – chocolate became part of the diet of American soldiers, per a government decision.
Health Benefits of Chocolate
Experiments and studies have shown that the fat contained in cocoa is less likely to cause obesity. When used in moderation, chocolate can act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Cocoa can thin the blood, normalize cerebral blood flow, and even improve vision. The antioxidants in dark chocolate can improve skin condition and is also a source of fiber. The combination of dark chocolate and almonds is especially delicious, combining flavors and textures perfectly. The vitamins and antioxidants in chocolate, combined with the proteins in almonds, provide a delicious way to prevent cardiovascular diseases.
How to take part
To celebrate National Bittersweet Chocolate Day, stock up on dark chocolate and almonds to make your own sweet treat. For a thicker dessert, add a teaspoon of cornstarch and a pinch of sea salt to bring out the flavor of the nuts. Buy a bar of ready-made chocolate with nuts to enjoy, or visit a chocolate factory to see how your favorite candy is made.
When is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day celebrated in 2023?
National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is observed on November 7 each year.