Looking for an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth? Well look no further!
With the 13th September 2021 officially marked as International Chocolate Day, it’s the next best excuse (other than Easter of course) to ditch the diet and treat yourself!
For many of us it doesn’t take much encouragement to indulge in the rich, creamy goodness that is chocolate and the many forms it comes in. This versatile ingredient can be eaten as it is or found in an array of delicious recipes from puddings to pies and cakes to soufflés. It’s even snuck its way into some chilli con carne’s!
But how could it not be a firm favourite? Loved ever since the ancient Mayan’s first discovered Cocoa, to this day it not only tastes good but it makes us feel good too! Cocoa is the main ingredient in chocolate and is responsible for that feel-good endorphin dopamine that is released when we decide to treat ourselves to a chocolatey titbit.
However chocolate wasn’t always the delightfully cream and sweet treat that we all know and love. It was when Cocoa made it to Europe in the sixteenth century when milk and sugar were added to improve the taste of cocoa powder which is actually really bitter. So if you’re watching your waistline you can still get a kick out of those feel good endorphins by reaching for the dark chocolate with the higher Cocoa content instead.
With dairy free, vegan friendly, gluten-free and even sugar-free, milk, dark, white, blonde and ruby, there’s such an extensive variety of chocolates available on the market, there really is something for everyone to tuck into during this sweet international celebration.
So, as the seasons change and the cool air of autumn nips at our heels, International Chocolate Day comes at just the right time to allow us all the chance to enjoy a little (or a lot) of what we love. Giving us a small boost as we prepare ourselves for the darker months ahead, because let’s face it there’s nothing more comforting than a warm hug in a mug that is a hot chocolate on a cold day.