July 7th Chocolate Day

Who doesn’t love chocolate, at least in one form or another? My personal favorite is white chocolate but I will settle for any chocolate normally. Dark chocolate is the healthiest, so if you feel the need for a piece of chocolate you may want to keep that in mind. The funny thing about chocolate in it’s natural form is that it is a little bitter. Columbus (Yes I know we aren’t supposed to mention him anymore) first discovered chocolate used by the natives in a drink. He sent it to Europe where it did not catch on instantly. Somewhere along the line someone thought about adding sugar to it and a new sensation was created!

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate. Try chocolate in it’s original state, no sugar added. Read about the history of chocolate.

May 15th Chocolate Chip Day

Chocolate Chips are a wonderful addition to cookies, muffins, cakes and pies… just about any kind of dessert and even in some cereals! Chocolate chips were created in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield who was preparing cookies at the Toll House Inn. Back then, they really weren’t the chips we know today, rather they were actually chips broken off blocks of chocolate, since then… they have been shaped and created in drops, or chips, for use in a number of different ways.

How to celebrate – Learn how to make your own chocolate chips. Create a new use for chocolate chips. Just eat chips straight out of the bag… who needs the cookie!

March 24th National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day

Time to go to the movies! Or play bridge! These are to two events I remember best when I think of chocolate covered raisins. Mind you, I don’t often think of chocolate covered raisins, in fact… I don’t really think of them at all until today. And that’s odd because I do like them. They should be healthy, but of course they aren’t. Since they are made out of a vegetable and a fruit one would think, “Hey, that works!”. Of course it doesn’t but if you need to feel guiltless when eating, say at the movies, then pretend you are having a healthy snack.

How to celebrate – Get some Chocolate Covered Raisins. Go to the movies. Learn how to play bridge.

February 19th National Mint Chocolate Day

Okay, so we all know chocolate came from the America’s when Columbus discovered the Natives there using chocolate for anything from medicine to a coffee like drink. It was brought back to Europe where people didn’t care for it all that much until the Swiss added sugar to it and then it became all the rage. Chocolate pretty much stayed that way, with a few adaptations until 1948 when Baskin Robbins added mint to it to create another sensation, Mint Chocolate. Now you can have it as cookies, ice cream, coffee ore practically anything you can think of.

How to celebrate – Have some mint chocolate. Study Baskin Robbins history. Create some new use for mint chocolate.

January 22nd National Blonde Brownie Day

So, what is a blonde brownie? Well here’s a recipe. It seems the only real difference is that it’s made with vanilla rather than chocolate, even though it does contain chocolate chips. So, why not make it with white chocolate? I didn’t find out about that option. Anyway, a brownie is a brownie white or brown and people enjoy them either way. Just making them blonde catches someone’s attention a little differently. They are good either way.

How to celebrate – Make some blonde brownies. Make regular brownies and blonde brownies and see which runs out first. Figure out how to make your own color brownie!

December 16th National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

Today we celebrate covering everything and anything in chocolate! And why not, it makes nearly everything it covers better than it was in the first place. Naturally, its not so good for you and it might make you a whole lot fatter than you are now but then thing of the rewards in the way of flavor! Or maybe not. You can have chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate… did you know the original chocolate was very bitter? It was an American product that Columbus discovered and sent back to Europe where they almost immediately added sugar to it!

How to celebrate – Cover anything you have in chocolate. (By the way, no said it had to be food) Pick you favorite type of chocolate. Try some unsweetened chocolate.

August 10th National S’mores Day

August 10th National S’mores Day

Got some chocolate candy? Grahams crackers? Marshmallows? If you do, you’ve got the makings for S’mores. S’mores were created sometime in the 1920’s supposedly by the Campfire Girls. It amazes me how long it took people to figure out the uses for chocolate. The chocolate chip cookie, s’mores… wow, what were they waiting for? They say you can even make them in a microwave in 12 seconds, but why? Get your act together and make a campfire and make them the right way, like the Campfire Girls of old! Sometimes you just can’t beat the old ways of doing things!

How to celebrate – Go camping so you can make some S’mores! Become a Girl Scout or Boy Scout to properly celebrate today. Make your own S’mores by adding whatever you feel might improve something already pretty darn good!

August 2nd National Ice Cream Sandwich Day

What’s better than Ice Cream!?! An Ice Cream Sandwich! It’s like having milk and cookies at the exact same time! Ice cream sandwiches use to be a simple affair, vanilla ice cream between two chocolate wafers. Today, it’s gotten a whole lot more complicated but it’s still just as good and refreshing. I even saw a ice cream sandwich made with butter pecan ice cream in the middle, never saw that before! (Though I am told it wasn’t to the eater’s taste) You can have banana split ice cream sandwiches, chocolate ice cream sandwiches… well, you name it and if their is ice cream made in that flavor you can make an ice cream sandwich of it! Ice cream sandwiches have been around since the early 1900’s!

How to celebrate – Have an ice cream sandwich. Get some pancakes and put some maple flavored ice cream in between them and have breakfast! Have an Ice Cream Sandwich Social.

July 28th National Milk Chocolate Day

When Columbus discovered chocolate in the America’s the Natives were using in as a drink which was rather bitter. he sent it back to Europe where at first it was not well received. Someone decided it might be better if sugar were added to it and it sudden;y became a hit! Though it was primarily dark chocolate until another someone decided to add milk to the batch and suddenly, we had milk chocolate which most people prefer today. Who knows, maybe someone else will come up with adding nuts or raisins or something even wilder to chocolate!

How to celebrate – Try chocolate in it’s natural form. Compare dark chocolate to milk chocolate. Experiment with different things you can add to chocolate.

June 7th National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

So, what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? Actually, it doesn’t matter since today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day. Did you know that in it’s natural state, chocolate is actually very bitter? When the Europeans were introduced to chocolate here in the America’s the first thing they did was take it back to Europe and add sugar to it. Well anyway, it’s a day to have some chocolate ice cream even if your favorite is strawberry or butter pecan. Why… no one knows that either as the creator of this day never took credit but I am thinking maybe they had something to do with the chocolate industry.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate ice cream. Try white chocolate ice cream! (It’s still chocolate) If you do not have chocolate ice cream add some chocolate syrup to your vanilla ice cream.