Whether you love chocolate truffles or you can't go without a bar of milk chocolate daily, you might find comfort knowing you're not alone. Many Americans have fallen in love with this delectable concoction and include it in a wide range of foods.
Today, chocolate can be found in everything from cakes to pies, and it has also formed a special bond with fruits and caramel. In the U.S., a number of unofficial holidays have been developed to raise awareness of the many different varieties of chocolate. Surely, there's one for you, giving you the perfect opportunity to happily chow down on your favorite sweet.
National Chocolate-Covered Cherry Day
Chocolate cherries have won a spot in many people's hearts, and a holiday has been created to honor this delicious treat - National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day. January 3 is often referred to as the day when people have the perfect reason to indulge in this sweet-coated fruit, guilt-free.
CNN reports that chocolate-covered cherries have been massed produced since 1864, perhaps making them one of the oldest fruit-covered treats on the market. However, chocolate and cherries don't just go together on their own - these sweets mesh perfectly in pies and cakes alike.
National Chocolate Caramel Day
Another unofficial holiday that chocolate lovers look forward to is National Chocolate Caramel Day, which is celebrated on March 19 every year. This combination is something that many people enjoy, whether you have a palette for caramel, delicious chocolate or both!
Punchbowl.com reports that the infamous Milton Hershey originally began his sweet career at a caramel company. By the late 1800s, he was developing ways to combine caramel with another ingredient to truly make it irresistible - chocolate ended up being the final decision. The Hershey's company is credited with developing the first caramel chocolates.
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
Although you might need to have a specific taste for it, National Bittersweet Chocolate Day gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy this delectable variety on January 10 every year. CNN reports that many people are unaware that bittersweet chocolate also goes by the name "baking chocolate," identifying it as the primary ingredient in many chocolate-based dishes.
Bittersweet chocolate can be used to create everything from mousses to pies, and the chocolate chips can be added to pancakes and ice cream to make a delectable treat.