Got an idea for a holiday? Send it to us

Submit Now

5K Shares
5K Shares
WedFeb 1

National Dark Chocolate Day – February 1, 2023

If you’re like us, you don’t need a reason to celebrate dark chocolate, but it sure is sweet to have one. National Dark Chocolate Day on February 1 is an opportunity exalt the health and happiness that dark chocolate brings and pay homage to the history and cultural significance surrounding this decadent treat. 

National Dark Chocolate Day timeline

350 B.C.
Om Nom

Chocolate was first used as a food in mesoamerica.

1600s
Bienvenidos, chocolate

Chocolate arrives in Europe and sugar is added for the first time.

1893
An Empire Begins

Milton S. Hershey first purchases chocolate processing equipment and starts Hershey's chocolates.

1910
Break me off a piece

The first instance of dark chocolate being found in bar form.

National Dark Chocolate Day Activities

  1. 1. Find a sweet shop near you

    You don't need an excuse to support one of your local chocolate shops, but on National Dark Chocolate Day why not indulge on all the beautiful desserts in the case.

  2. 2. Make a dessert at home

    While even the most novice bakers can make something delicious with dark chocolate, it still offers seasoned bakers a chance to test their skills. Regardless of your skill level, try your hand at a babka, molten cake, or pain au chocolat and even if it doesn't come out perfectly, just eat the evidence.

  3. 3. Go to a chocolate-themed restaurant

    Who needs three courses when dessert is clearly the best? Chocolate-themed restaurants are popping up in cities across the country offering unique and creative uses for our favorite confection.

5 Facts About Chocolate

  1. Chocolate was originally a fermented beverage

    Believed by the Aztecs to be a gift from Quetzalcoatl, the god of wisdom, chocolate was originally a fermented beverage that gave the drinker strength.

  2. Chocolate gets its name from the Aztecs

    Chocolate is derived from the Aztec language of Nahuatl word "chocolātl" which means "bitter drink."

  3. Dark chocolate is a potential superfood

    Thanks to its high percentage of cocoa and lower amounts of sugar and milk, dark chocolate's health benefits have made it a potential superfood.

  4. Africa provides most of the world's cocoa

    About two-thirds of cocoa in the world is produced in Western Africa with the Ivory Coast being the largest source of the crop.

  5. Americans consume 2.8 billion pounds per year

    That's over 11 pounds per person.

Why We Love National Dark Chocolate Day

  1. Dark chocolate is good for you

    Potassium, zinc, magnesium, oh my! Dark chocolate contains vitamins and minerals that the body needs. It is also rich in powerful anti-oxidants called flavonoids that promote healthy circulation and prevents plaque formation in the arteries.

  2. It makes you feel good

    Dark chocolate contains tryptophan and phenylethylamine, two chemicals known to tell your brain to release pleasure causing endorphins. This feeling of euphoria is often compared with the feeling of being in love.

  3. It is so darned versatile

    Chocolate's low melting point makes it perfect for use in baking and there are tons of ways to incorporate the sweet treat. Whether you've got panache for ganache or freak out for fudge, break out that double boiler and get melting.

National Dark Chocolate Day dates

YearDateDay
2023February 1Wednesday
2024February 1Thursday
2025February 1Saturday
2026February 1Sunday
2027February 1Monday
La Poutine Week
National Patient Recognition Week
National Patient Recognition Week
Shape Up With Pickles Time
Solo Diners Eat Out Week
U.S. Snow Sculpting Week
Women's Heart Week
World Interfaith Harmony Week
Abolition of Slavery Day
Car Insurance Day
Change Your Password Day
Conservatorship and Guardianship Abuse Awareness Day
Day of Remembrance and Respect to Victims of the Communist Regime
Decorating with Candy Day
Decorating With Candy Day
Federal Territory Day
G.I. Joe Day
Global School Play Day
Heroes' Day
Holiday Hugs Day
Hula in the Coola Day
Imbolc
International Face and Body Art Day
National Baked Alaska Day
National Cameron Day
National Dark Chocolate Day
National Freedom Day
National Get Up Day
National Girls and Women in Sports Day
National Sean Day
National Serpent Day
National Signing Day
National Texas Day
Robinson Crusoe Day
Spunky Old Broads Day
Tet Nguyen Dan
World Aspergillosis Day
World Hijab Day
World Read Aloud Day
Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
African American Heritage Month
AMD/Low Vision Awareness Month
American Heart Month
An Affair to Remember Month
Barley Month
Beat the Heat Month
Berry Fresh Month
Bike To Work Month
Black History Month
Canned Food Month
Celebration of Chocolate Month
Cholangiocarcinoma Awareness Month
Creative Romance Month
Declutter for a Cause Month
Dog Training Education Month
Ethnic Equality Month
Exotic Vegetables and Star Fruit Month
Fabulous Florida Strawberry Month
Feline Fix by Five Month
Financial Aid Awareness Month
Free Open Source Software Month
From Africa to Virginia Month
Great American Pie Month
Human Relations Month
Humpback Whale Awareness Month
International Boost Self Esteem Month
International Expect Success Month
International Friendship Month
International Hoof Care Month
International Month of Black Women in the Arts
International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month
Jobs in Golf Month
LGBT+ History Month
Love the Bus Month
Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
Marijuana Awareness Month
National African American Read-In
National Arts Month
National Avocado and Banana Month
National Bake For Family Fun Month
National Bird Feeding Month
National Blah Buster Month
National Cancer Prevention Month
National Care About Your Indoor Air Month
National Cat Health Month
National Cherry Month
National Children’s Dental Health Month
National Condom Month
National Embroidery Month
National Enrolled Agents Month
National Fasting February
National Fondue Month
National Goat Yoga Month
National Grapefruit Month
National Haiku Writing Month
National Heart Healthy Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
National Laugh-Friendly Month
National Library Lovers Month
National Macadamia Nut Month
National Mend a Broken Heart Month
National Parent Leadership Month
National Self-Check Month
National Senior Independence Month
National Snack Food Month
National Sweet Potato Month
National Therapeutic Recreation Month
National Time Management Month
National Weddings Month
National Women Inventors Month
North American Inclusion Month (NAIM)
Pet Dental Health Month
Plant the Seeds of Greatness Month
Potato Lovers Month
Pull Your Sofa Off the Wall Month
Raynaud's Awareness Month
Relationship Wellness Month
Responsible Pet Owners Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
Spiritual Teachers Month
Spunky Old Broads Month
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Vegan Cuisine Month
Wise Health Care Consumer Month
Women’s Role in History Month
Worldwide Renaissance of the Heart Month
Youth Leadership Month

Want to sponsor this holiday?

Holidays Straight to Your Inbox

Every day is a holiday!
Receive fresh holidays directly to your inbox.