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.

August 6th National Fresh Breath Day

If you are going to be around people today you owe it to them, and to yourself, to make sure your breath is fresh. This is not a new concept. We tend to think that odors were ignored in the old days, after all people didn’t bathe as much and deodorant wasn’t even heard of. Washing clothes was done only as required to keep the dirt from preventing someone to wear them and soaps were hard to come by if available at all. But keeping your breath fresh dates back to 2,700 BC, which seems a little odd considering everything else. However fresh breath normally means a healthy person so maybe even back then fresh breath was important.

How to celebrate – Make sure your breath is fresh. Practice oral hygiene. Smile.

February 19th National Chocolate Mint Day

Well, if you like chocolate and you like mint it only seems natural to put them both together. Chocolate mint has probably been around since the day Columbus first sent chocolate back to Europe from the newly discovered Americas. (That’s the late 1400’s for those of you who forgot.) Oddly, the first chocolate mint chip was not created until 1973 by Marilyn Ricketts for Princess Anne to Captain Philips at Westminster Abbey. While chocolate is good by itself, the mint makes it a little more refreshing. You’ll find it in ice cream, cakes, cookies, cereal… you name it, you can usually find it.

How to celebrate – Have some chocolate mint. Create your own recipe for a chocolate mint something. Visit Westminster Abbey.

February 19th National Chocolate Mint Day

If you like chocolate and mint, this is your day. I am pretty sure that someone, one day, added mint to their chocolate and a new flavor was invented. People liked it so much that even botanists were able to mix a chocolate plant with a mint plant and create a naturally growing chocolate mint plant – well at least that’s how I think it started. I do like chocolate mint. Just like any flavoring I think maybe we get a bit carried away with its use, but that said, it is refreshing and makes a good thing perhaps a little better.

How to celebrate – See how many things you can name made with chocolate mint. Try different types of mint with your chocolate. Add a chocolate mint plant to your garden.

February 19th National Chocolate Mint Day

So some holidays are a little difficult to find something to write about. For me, this is one of those days. We are celebrating chocolate, a good thing, and mint, a good thing as well, and the mixture of them combines. The mint does make chocolate more refreshing, kind of cleansing the palate while eating something that covers up the taste of nearly everything else.

So, anything that can include, be made of, or calls for chocolate can have mint added to it. Ice creams comes to mind first, then hot chocolate. Andes Mints are all about the mint and chocolate of course.

Thus, adding mint to chocolate seems to be a natural progression or extension of something most of us think is pretty good anyway. Don;t question it, try to figure it out or even think too much on the subject… just accept it.

How to celebrate – Add some mint to your chocolate. Add some chocolate to your mint. Why isn’t peppermint made out of pepper?