Did you know that chocolate is a fermented food? Who knew! That’s right, once the Cacao pods are picked, cleaned of pithy white material from the fruit and dried, the cacao beans are fermented. The papery shell is removed and cacao nibs are revealed. Chocolatiers then grind them into cocoa mass, separate into cocoa solids and cocoa butter and processed and re-combined with milk and sugar, or in the case of white chocolate just the chocolate butter with milk and sugar. Join us on October 28th, as we celebrate National Chocolate Day!
When is National Chocolate Day 2018?
Well—depends on who you ask. According to the National Confectioners Association there are 16 different chocolate days in a given year. Multiple dates have been advanced for National Chocolate Day, but the most commonly cited is October 28!
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National Chocolate Day Activities
1. Try Making your own Truffles!
It may seem hard, but it actually is easier than you think! Follow this recipe for 4 easy and fun ways to experiment with making your own truffle from scratch for your next party. All you'll need is some cream, some chocolate chips and a tiny bit of time: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbgvMonjHGU
2. Tour a local chocolatier
What better way to get up and personal with the process that chocolate goes through from bean to bar at a local chocolate factory or chocolatier. Most places have tours available to the public and are more than happy to share their knowledge, experience, and love of the chocolate profession and trade. So hop on the internet, do a quick search and see what you can find, and take a tour!
3. Share a bar with your friends
Bring a chocolate bar into work with you today. Split one with a friend when you meet up. Share a bar with your significant other. Chocolate is amazing, friends are amazing and human connection over chocolate is one of the most beautiful things! Most people like chocolate, and really, even if they don't you know they'll appreciate the offer to spend a moment with them and chat.
Why We Love National Chocolate Day
A. Chocolate helps you in high stress situations
One study showed that people who ate chocolate compounds had better cognitive performance and reported less ‘mental fatigue’ than the control group! This may have something with how the chemicals in chocolate interact with our brain: releasing serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins and giving us a good dose of antioxidants.
B. Chocolate helps you stay thin
Another study shows that ingestion of dark chocolate prior to eating at an all-you-can-eat buffet was correlated with a 17% lower calorie intake for participants! that means that you now have permission to eat your chocolate dessert before the meal! Hurray!
C. Chocolate is good for your cholesterol
It has also been discovered that regular chocolate consumption can be associated with improved cardiovascular health. The polyphenols in cacao increase HDL cholesterol (the good kind), which then leads to decreased oxidized LDL cholesterol (the bad kind)!