Face it. We love chocolate. Many of us can’t help but add a bar or two while we’re checking out at the grocery store — that is, if we don’t already have a bag of fun-sized chocolates in the cart. Snack all you want on December 28 because it’s National Chocolate Candy Day. So if you missed the treats on Halloween or need a last sugary fix before the new year, spend some quality time with chocolate candy!
National Chocolate Candy Day - History
When Hershey went to war
By the end of World War II, the entire Hershey plant was producing ration bars at a rate of 24 million a week.
Hershey Bar born
Chocolate was once a luxury for the wealthy. Milton Hershey made it affordable for everyone.
The first chocolate Easter egg
Rodolphe Lindt's invention of the conching machine in resulted in the mass production of chocolate. This paved the way for John Cadbury to introduce his first chocolate egg.
New inventions. New chocolate creations.
Dutch chemist Coenraad Van Houten invented a hydraulic press that could separate the cocoa butter from the cacao, thereby producing a powder. This led to the first chocolate confections.
National Chocolate Candy Day Activities
1. Eat all the chocolates
Whether you're feeling the wonderful combination that is peanut butter and chocolate, or are more of a chocolate and caramel fan, indulge in every kind of chocolate candy. See if you can guess the filling before reading the description.
2. Give some as a gift
Why wait until Valentine's Day to share some chocolate Kisses with someone?
3. Try making some chocolate candies
Have fun with it and pick out some cool molds.
4 Countable Chocolate Fun Facts
1. 25 million
The number of Hershey's Kisses made each day.
The number of chocolate varieties: dark, milk, and white.
3. 11 pounds
The average amount of chocolate every American eats per year
4. $22 billion
The amount of money Americans spent on chocolate in 2017.
Why We Love National Chocolate Candy Day
A. It gives us an excuse to eat all those chocolate gifts we just received
Whether it's the fun-sized chocolate candies in our stockings, or a bag of ornament-shaped chocolates, we have a new reason to indulge.
B. Dark chocolate can improve our health
A quality dark chocolate bar contains soluble fiber and plenty of antioxidants to deem this a beneficial sweet treat. That said, enjoy everything in moderation.
C. Chocolate makes us feel good
We can't seem to help getting giddy over chocolate. Science can back us up on this too. Studies show chocolate may temporarily help alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression.