National Bittersweet Chocolate Day – January 10

This tastu day is a favorite with food lovers!  January 10 is known as National Bittersweet Chocolate Day.  Most of us probably over-indulged with chocolate during the holidays and now it’s time to celebrate again. Heaven help us! 

So many of the national days are associated with food in some way.  Any gathering is made more special with one of your favorite recipes.  Don’t know what national days are?  Find out more in my National Days Guide.January 10 is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day. Get the facts on this chocolate and some tasty recipes. #bittersweetchocolate

There are so many food holidays in January.  In fact over 50 of them are included my my January food calendar. Check it out here.

Some Facts about Bittersweet Chocolate

  • Bittersweet chocolate is also known as baking chocolate, bitter chocolate and pure chocolate.  It has a dark intense flavor.
  • For some reason, more men than women seem to like the taste of bittersweet chocolate! Women seem to prefer milk chocolate.
  • To be called bittersweet, the chocolate mush have at least 35% pure chocolate with only a small amount of sugar added.
  • It is darker and less sweet than semisweet chocolate and far less sweet than milk chocolate
  • If a recipe calls for semisweet chocolate, you can substitute bittersweet chocolate.
  • The sweetness of bittersweet chocolate depends on the cacao bean source.
  • Many Paleo recipes feature bittersweet chocolate.
  • The word xocolati is an Aztec word that means bitter water.

All forms of chocolate come from the  tree known as Theobroma cacao.   The plant is a tropical evergreen tree grown for its edible seeds. The seeds are often called “food of the gods”. Theobroma Cacao tree is the base of bittersweet chocolate

Cacao is grown in many South and Central American countries, as well as Asia and Africa. The seed of the cacao plant is very bitter and is processed to produce rough chocolate, cocoa butter and cocoa powder.

Let’s Celebrate National Bittersweet Chocolate day with some recipes!Bittersweet Chocolate has a dark and intense flavor. These recipes showcase it well.

Finding Bittersweet chocolate recipes can be a challenge because of the intense flavor that doesn’t appeal to everyone. Here are a few of my favorites.

Cashew Coconut Energy Bites with Bittersweet Drizzle

Bittersweet Chocolate Tart with a Shortbread Crust

Bittersweet Brownies with Matcha Frosting

Chocolate Cupcakes with a Bittersweet Glaze

Bittersweet Molten Lava Cakes

Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles

Salted Caramel Bittersweet Chocolate Tart

Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Berries

Bittersweet Chocolate Sable Cookies

Are you a fan of bittersweet chocolate?

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