This tasty 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.
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.
Bittersweet chocolate is often used in dessert recipes and candy making and it’s a favorite to pair with peanut butter on National Peanut Butter Day. And did you know that there is also a national candy day?
More food days in January
Looking for other food national holidays to celebrate this month? Check out these:
- National Shortbread Day – January 6
- National Spaghetti Day – January 4
- National Cream puff Day – January 2
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.
And if you love a salty sweet combo, check out National Peanut Cluster Day on March 8.
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?
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out National Chocolate Mint Day, too.