Today! World Chocolate Day arrives on July 7 and in celebration we’ve rounded up some of the sweetest spots to get your sugar fix!
World Chocolate Day, referred to, in some instances, as International Chocolate Day, is an annual observance that occurs globally on 7 July. References to World Chocolate Day being observed on 7 July have been recorded as early as 2009. Celebration of the day includes the consumption of chocolate. Some references indicate that this day celebrates the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550.
Many other chocolate day celebrations exist, such as National Chocolate Day in the United States on 28 October. Confusingly, the U.S. National Confectioners Association lists 13 September as International Chocolate Day.
Other more specific chocolate-themed days are celebrated throughout the world, including Bittersweet Chocolate Day on 10 January, Milk Chocolate Day on 28 July, White Chocolate Day on 22 September, and Chocolate Covered Anything Day on 16 December.
When is World Chocolate Day in 2018?
World Chocolate Day in 2018 is on Saturday, the 7th of July
World Chocolate Day (sometimes called International Chocolate Day) occurs globally every year on the 7th of July.
In the United States, International Chocolate Day is celebrated on the 13th of September.
The National Chocolate Day was created by the National Confectioners Association, and occurs on the 28th of October
In addition to World Chocolate Day, National Chocolate Lovers’ Month is celebrated during the month of February.
So, in conclusion:
- World Chocolate Day – 7th of July
- International Chocolate Day (US) – 13th of September
- National Chocolate Day (National Confectioners Association) – 28th October
- National Chocolate Lovers’ Month – February
So just pick the Chocolate Day you like, or even better, celebrate them all…
Benifits: Here’s how eating chocolate can help you lose weight
1. Reduces cravings
Dark chocolate can satisfy cravings nutritiously. “A little sweet treat on occasion can help keep those cravings in check and allow you to follow your weight-loss or weight-maintenance regimen,” Maria-Paula Carrillo, MS, RDN, LD, was quoted as saying by eatthis.com.
2. Reduces body fat
According to American Chemical Society’s Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, flavanols (plant-based nutrients) that exist in chocolate helps lower blood sugar and decreases body fat.
3. Controls appetite
When we eat foods containing sugar, our body can become resistant to insulin. This makes our body produce more ghrelin, a hormone that increases your appetite. Dark chocolate, on the other hand, inhibits insulin resistance and reduced ghrelin levels, as revealed in a study conducted in 2010, in Netherlands.
4. Reduces stress
Too much stress can induce weight gain as it causes our cortisol levels to spike and increases our appetite. One often tends to overeat when in stress. Eating small amounts of chocolate can help one relax, according to a study published in the Journal of Proteome Research. Eating dark chocolate increases serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain, which helps alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety.
5. Encourages exercise
According to livehealthy.chron.com, anti-inflammatory constituents in chocolate, combined with its generous supply of magnesium, might leave less pain in one’s body. When the body feels good, exercising in far more appealing.
Triple Chocolate Walnut Bars Reciepe
By Chef Swaminandan
- 225g – Refined flour
- A pinch – Salt
- 250g – Dark chocolate (chopped)
- 180g – White chocolate chips
- 180g – Milk chocolate chips
- 125g – Butter (unsalted)
- 200g – Walnut (chopped)
- 2 – Eggs
- Preheat the oven at 180 degree Celsius.
- Mix the flour and salt in a medium bowl, melt dark chocolate with butter in bain-marie.
- Transfer the chocolate mixture to a medium bowl and keep it aside for cooling.
- Stir in white and milk chocolate chips and half of chopped walnuts.
- Add the eggs and beat until blended.
- Stir the mixed dry ingredients.
- Spread the batter in a greased tray and sprinkle left walnuts.
- Bake for 30-40 mins at 180 degree Celsius.
- Cool down and cut into equal portion bars.
How To Celebrates World Chocolate Day
To Celebrate this day, people indulge in eating their chocolates. To bring little twist to this celebration, you can also try new flavours and new brands of chocolates.Moreever, their are hundrends of snacks and drinks that are made out of chocolates. these includes milkshakes, cakes, doughnuts and muffins and much more.
World Chocolate Day deals worldwide
For one day only, Krispy Kreme will be ‘glazing the globe’ by offering Chocolate Glaze Doughnuts in celebration of World Chocolate Day. These are the original glazed doughnuts smothered in a rich chocolate glaze, available whilst stocks last. Over 30 different countries across 6 different continents are taking part.
Max Brenner is serving up its new baked hot chocolate, which has a rich chocolate centre, another pure chocolate layer and then a choice of three toppings. Plus it’s offering a free classic hot chocolate with every purchase.
If you’re in Australia you are in luck because Cadbury is giving away free blocks of Cadbury Dairy Milk all over the country. It is expected that over 225,000 blocks will be distributed across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
Haigh’s Chocolates (Australia)
Visit a Haigh’s Chocolates store and mention World Chocolate Day to receive a free chocolate frog. Alternatively, spend $25 at Haigh’s Chocolates online and receive free shipping.
World Chocolate Day deals in the UK
Godiva, a luxury chocolatier, is offering the opportunity to enjoy a free chocolate masterclass. You can join in-store for a fifteen minute exclusive chocolate tasting opportunity. The offer is available in stores in London, Oxford, Kent and Sheffield, and tickets can be booked for free via Eventbrite. The company will also be running a buy-one-get-one-half-price deal on soft-serve ice cream in all stores.
The Refinery Regent’s Place
The Refinery at Regent’s Place is holding a chocolate hunt on World Chocolate Day. Find hidden tags around its venues to be in with a chance to win some chocolate treats.
Luxury chocolatier Elizabeth Shaw has teamed up with Pinkster gin for a twist on a cocktail this World Chocolate Day. Pair Elizabeth Shaw mint chocolate flutes with a Pinkster gin cocktail with the mint chocolate flute acting as an edible stirrer.
Rebel Chocolate is offering a two week supply of its small bars for only £16 including free P&P for 14 bars. Alternatively you can buy 3 large bars for £10.
Butlers Chocolates is rewarding all its Happiness Card members with an additional complementary chocolate with any prepared beverage on World Chocolate Day in its cafes.
Lily O’Briens is keeping its special treat to celebrate World Chocolate Day a secret. Keep your eyes peeled on the 7th.
Top 10 facts about chocolate
- The ancient Mayans used cocoa beans as currency. Their cultivation was restricted to prevent inflation.
- Chocolate melts at just below human blood temperature, which is why it is so mouth-meltingly satisfying.
- It takes about 400 cacao beans to make one pound of chocolate.
- The official world record for eating two pounds of chocolate candy bars is six minutes
- In 2013, Belgium issued over 500,000 postage stamps with the smell of cocoa and covered in a varnish to look Under US law, 100gm of chocolate must not contain more than 60 insect parts on average.
- Research has shown that hot chocolate tastes best in orange coloured cups.
- “To a Coffee-house to drink Jocolatte, very good.” (Samuel Pepys diary, November 24, 1664).
- Last year, the British ate more chocolate per person than any other nation.
- According to Wikipedia, World Chocolate Day celebrations “include the consumption of chocolate”. What a good idea!