National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day – November 7, 2019

Thu Nov 7

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is an opportunity to celebrate the sumptuous combination of chocolate and almonds. Nearly 40 percent of all the world’s almonds end up in some form of chocolate, most often a candy bar. The pairing is one of the oldest known recipes using chocolate. While National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day, held on November 7, is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association, it’s primarily an online celebration involving dark chocolate and almond lovers.

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day - History

1938

Government endorsed chocolate

The federal government, recognizing the nutritional value of chocolate, added it to the meal rations for U.S. troops.

1925

Cocoa became big business

The U.S. Cocoa Exchange opened in New York City to facilitate cocoa transactions.

1920

Mounds bar born

Hershey's Mounds bar, made with almonds, coconut, and dark chocolate, hits the shelves.

1853

Cocoa tarries lifted

This made chocolate accessible to more than just the upper class.

1830

You can eat it

J.S. Fry and Sons, a British chocolate maker, devised a way to turn cocoa into a solid bar.

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day Activities

  1. Dip it at home

    Buy a nice big bar of dark chocolate along with a jar of almonds to make your own dipped almonds at home. You might add a teaspoon or two of cornstarch to thicken the chocolate sauce. Sprinkle them with some sea salt to add extra flavor.

  2. Buy a dark chocolate and almond candy bar

    You have plenty to choose from! You've got Hershey's Special Dark with Almonds, or a Mounds bar, which includes shaved coconut (Mounds' sister bar, Almond Joy, features milk chocolate), or the Dove Silky Smooth Promises Dark Chocolate & Almond.

  3. Tour a chocolate factory

    The kids will love you for it! There's Hershey's in (the obviously named) Hershey, Pennsylvania. You can also hit the theme park next door. The Sanders and Morely Candy Makers chocolate factory in Clinton Township, Michigan offers a free tour, as does Hammond's Candies in Denver.

5 Reasons Why Chocolate's Healthier Than You Think

  1. Better fat

    Experiments on rats have shown that the fat in cocoa is actually less fattening than the fat in other fatty foods.

  2. Anti-inflammatory

    Research shows cocoa works as an anti-inflammatory agent in humans.

  3. Improved eyesight

    Consumption of cocoa thins the blood and improves circulation to the brain; it's thought to improve vision as a result.

  4. Good for your skin

    Dark chocolate, in particular, contains antioxidants that actually can improve the condition of your skin.

  5. Get your fiber

    Dark chocolate contains fiber and offers all of the health benefits that fiber brings, including satisfying your appetite.

Why We Love National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

  1. It's a tasty combo

    The origins of combining dark chocolate and almonds are unknown, but whoever did it knew what they were doing. There's something about the taste and texture of almonds that just works alongside the bittersweet taste of dark chocolate.

  2. Believe it or not, it's healthy!

    While there's plenty of fat in dark chocolate-covered almonds, health benefits do exist when eaten in moderation. The antioxidants in dark chocolate, combined with the vitamins and proteins in almonds, offer a snack that can help reduce cardiovascular disease.

  3. Made in the USA

    The U.S. is the world's largest producer of almonds, and the majority of production happens in California. One Sacramento plant churns out more than two million pounds of almonds each day.

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day dates
YearDateDay
2019November 7Thursday
2020November 7Saturday
2021November 7Sunday
2022November 7Monday
2023November 7Tuesday