National Chocolate Eclair Day is celebrated on June 22 and it’s a special day for all of us who have a sweet tooth. There is hardly anyone who doesn’t like the delicious combination of pastry, cream filling, and chocolate. Eclairs are some of the best-loved sweet treats. Apart from chocolate, eclairs are also made with fruit and floral flavors. While chocolate eclairs are very delicious on their own, some prefer pairing them with a hot cup of coffee or lightly brewed tea. Thankfully, there’s no way of going wrong with an eclair!
History of National Chocolate Eclair Day
The French are famous for making delicacies out of the humble dough and eclairs are made from a special kind of dough called ‘pâte à choux.’ The pastry of an eclair is in an oblong shape that, once baked, becomes light and crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside. In the next step, the pastry is filled up with vanilla or chocolate cream. The word ‘eclair’ also originated in France. It means ‘flash of lightning’ — some believe that the treats have been named so because they would fly off the shelves at the confectioners!
These delicious treats were invented by French chef Antonin Carême in the 19th century. The story of the creation of this delicious treat is actually quite tragic. Carême was abandoned by his parents during the French Revolution and he had to find work as a kitchen boy to earn his livelihood. Sometime later, he started working as an apprentice to a famous pâtissier named Jean Sylvain Bailly. The young boy blossomed into a talented chef and decided to start making his own creations, one of which was the eclair. Since then, eclairs have become a regular feature of French cuisine and the recipe has been adopted by other countries, too. However, in countries like the United States, Long Johns are sold as eclairs, and they are very different from the original ones. Long Johns are made with donut pastry and are typically filled with vanilla pudding or custard. The French eclair, on the other hand, requires far more effort, expertise, and expense to make.
National Chocolate Eclair Day timeline
Chocolate is discovered in ancient Mesoamerica, present-day Mexico.
The inventor of eclairs, Antonin Carême, is born in France.
J.S. Fry & Sons create the first edible chocolate bar.
The first English recipe for éclairs appears in the “The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book.”
National Chocolate Eclair Day FAQs
What is the national day on June 22?
National Chocolate Eclair Day is celebrated on June 22.
Who invented the chocolate eclair?
Antonin Carême made the first chocolate eclair.
Where did the eclair originate?
The first eclair was made in France and it was known as ‘pain à la duchesse’ or ‘petite duchesse.’
National Chocolate Eclair Day Activities
Try a unique flavor
Vanilla and chocolate eclairs might be familiar to you, so why not take this day as an opportunity to try out other interesting flavors? Raspberry, pistachio, and lemon eclairs are some of the other fabulous flavors that eclairs are available in.
Make your own eclairs
We admit that making eclairs requires a fair amount of expertise. But why not try making your own chocolate eclairs today?
The best way to celebrate National Chocolate Eclair Day is by treating yourself to one (or more) chocolate eclairs with a cup of your favorite hot beverage!
5 Facts About Chocolate That Will Blow Your Mind
White chocolate isn’t chocolate
White chocolate contains cocoa butter but is not made of cocoa solids or chocolate liquor.
The Aztecs drank hot chocolate
The hot chocolate consumed by the Aztecs was a bitter concoction that was served at weddings and other ceremonies.
It was a currency
The Aztecs also used cocoa beans as a currency during the height of their civilization.
Cocoa trees live long
On average, a cocoa tree can live up to 200 years.
Chocolate is dangerous for pets
Theobromine in chocolate cannot be metabolized by pets and it can prove fatal to them. FAQs
Why We Love National Chocolate Eclair Day
It celebrates a famous treat
The reason why chocolate eclairs are famous is that they are so delicious. The day celebrates a sweet treat that is much loved by so many of us.
It celebrates passion
The invention of eclairs is also a story of Carême’s hard work and passion. This is a good day to realize that we can achieve our dreams if we persevere through the hard times.
It makes us happy
National Chocolate Eclair Day is the day to gorge on some delicious eclairs. Go on, indulge and treat yourself!
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