Today, 13 September, is a very important day. It is World Chocolate Day. Yes, a day that is completely dedicated to chocolate. I don't think I have ever agreed with anything so much. Because that sweet snack simply deserves to be celebrated. And anyone who says that chocolate is one-sided just doesn't get it. That's like saying all wine tastes the same.
Anyway, why exactly today is International Chocolate Day? Because on this day in 1857 Milton S. Hershey, the American confectioner and founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company, was born. Aha, that's obvious. Seems like a good time to join in the tradition and bake something with - nothing less than - chocolate. Now the only question is which of the following recipes you are going to make. Or rather, which of these 8 recipes you are going to start with. Let your chocolate dreams come true today!
Second World Chocolate Day: 7 July
Can't manage to dedicate your day to this special blend of cocoa powder, cocoa butter, and sugar today? Then don't grieve, because July 7 is also World Chocolate Day. Why two such days? First of all, of course, because chocolate seems to have superpowers and is good for a lot of things (think for example: turning your bad mood into a good one). But besides that, July 7, 1550, was the very first day chocolate was presented in Europe. So, it was a memorable day.
Pregnant and chocolate
It's probably a great relief to know that you can continue to eat chocolate safely during your pregnancy. However, it is wise to watch the amount of chocolate you consume. Chocolate contains caffeine, which you should be careful of during pregnancy because it can be harmful to your baby. Doctors recommend a maximum of 30 grams of chocolate per day. Why this amount? Because there's a good chance you're getting caffeine through other foods as well. So, with a single cookie or a small piece of cake, you're safe, and you can still indulge in this delicious sweetness ;)
8 delicious recipes with chocolate
So simple, but don't overestimate the deliciousness of this sweet snack. Say goodbye to Godiva (and those ridiculous prices). Because what they can do, you can do too! A bar of white chocolate (or milk chocolate, whatever you want) and some strawberries are all you need. It just doesn't get any easier than this.
Red velvet and brownies, you simply can't think of a better combination. You will need quite a list of ingredients, but this delicious cake is worth it. So off to the supermarket.
Fancy a recipe where you really taste the chocolate? Then, of course, the answer is a chocolate cake. That is almost always a good idea. Try preparing it without egg this time. Bet you won't even miss it.
Another combo that will blow your mind. Oatmeal, maple syrup, a little banana, an avocado, and cocoa powder, yes, please. And that's not even all, but it's promising. Tip: there are some doubts about the safety of quinoa during pregnancy. Better safe than sorry, so skip that quinoa for the garnish.
Of course, a freakshake couldn't be missed either. Go ahead, let yourself go for this one! Because this is a calorie bomb. But for once it should be okay. Stock up on vanilla ice cream, milk, chocolate, chocolate sauce and sticks, coconut sprinkles, donuts, and marshmallows. Settle on the couch with your fave Netflix series and then it's time for ultimate enjoyment.
It's only September, so ice cream should still be okay. And anyway, if you feel like ice cream, you just eat ice cream, no matter if it's cold and rainy. This variation with peanut butter and chocolate is one you want to try out. The ingredients to score for these ice creams are Greek yogurt, whipped cream, peanut butter, dark chocolate, and maple syrup. Ice cream baby!
This muffin recipe proves that chocolate can be combined with so many things. Chocolate with bananas and pecans is another combo. Whoever came up with the idea of combining this deserves an award. Period. And these muffins are also ready in half an hour. Less time spent baking means more time left over for snacking. As it should be.
To continue with the oatmeal-and-choco combo. Because this is also optimal enjoyment in cookie form. Add 2 bananas, oatmeal flakes, dark chocolate, pecans, and cinnamon to your shopping list. Delicious with a cup of coffee or tea on the side. And yes, it is definitely allowed to make these cookies again after World Chocolate Day ;)