This national 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!
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”.
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!
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.
Are you a fan of bittersweet chocolate?
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