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How I'm Celebrating National Chocolate Day

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National Chocolate Day Image

With Halloween coming up, it seems kind of fitting that today is National Chocolate Day. Actually, forget Halloween for now — I think I’d definitely much rather celebrate chocolate than celebrate all things spooky by donning a costume — even if that costume is basically a ticket to free candy.  In fact, I’d probably rather celebrate chocolate more than one day a year, but if this is all we get, I’m going to take advantage of it. I mean, it’s not every day you can eat chocolate (even in a celebratory way) without feeling guilty.

What is it that we love so much about chocolate, anyway? Is it simply the rich taste? Or is it the versatility chocolate has — its ability to be paired with so many other foods, and somehow, taste better than it already does on its own? Think chocolate covered pretzels, chocolate covered raisins, chocolate covered fruit… Yum! In fact, I had a chocolate fountain at my Sweet 16, and it was a huge hit! There was a beautiful spread of yummy goodies to dip in the flowing chocolate, and looking back on it now in honor of National Chocolate Day, it was quite heavenly. How I wish I had that chocolate fountain to celebrate with today!

In reality, I’ll probably have to settle for the cookie jar of chocolate covered pretzels waiting for me when I get home — unless I can’t resist stopping for some chocolately treats on my way there. Who am I kidding? Today I’m going to indulge in all things chocolate! I’m even wishing I had substituted my Caramel Frappucino this morning with something a little more festive and chocolatey. If only I had known sooner!

It’s not too late for you to indulge, either. And if you love chocolate as much as I do, you’ll love these chocolate Halloween-themed recipes:

Devil’s Food Chocolate Marshmallow and Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Trick-or-Treat Chocolate Candy Bark

Chocolate Truffle Spiders

Chocolate Glazed Pumpkin Cookies

Harry Potter Licorice Wands

Jennifer has some fun facts about National Chocolate Day here, but I couldn’t find anything online about the origins of National Chocolate Day so if anyone knows, please tell me in the comments below! I’m guessing it’s a supremely intelligent (that’s my addiction talking) strategy of the chocolate industry. Hey, I don’t need an excuse to eat chocolate, but Happy National Chocolate Day! How are you celebrating?

-Marisa DeSisto

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