National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

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National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day | December 16th

One of my favorite holidays in December is National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day (NCCAD). If you love chocolate then it’s a great way to discover fabulous ways for dipping and making amazing edible attractions that your friends will love and adore!

Now you don’t have to wait until the month of December to experiment with different ways to dip your favorite foods in chocolate. Imagine yourself devouring a chocolate covered rose that has the light savoring essence of flowers such as roses. Or pretend for a moment that your guests are in awe over the centerpiece that you have artfully created. It really is easy and fun!

National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day is a day inspired bakers and cooks indulge in their favorite food pastime, creating chocolate masterpieces. Inspiration is intensified with competitions and prizes or upcoming events. Even if you are not the creative type, it’s a great day to pamper yourself and indulge in your favorite food. And we know what your favorite food is, Chocolate!

You can cover anything with the comforting display of chocolate. Some of the most common chocolate covered foods are strawberries, cherries, bananas, popcorn, pretzels, nuts and raisins. On the other hand, there are some very unique chocolate covered foods that will leave you baffled and desiring a taste or two of the unique display. Some of my mouth watering favorites are chocolate covered raspberries and blueberries, pineapple, pomegranate, grapes, apricots, orange peels, coffee beans, cheesecake, biscotti, and Vienna fingers.

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Strange Chocolate Covered Foods

There are a numerous foods that can be covered in chocolate. There are even holidays that celebrate National Chocolate-Covered Insect Day which is October 14th.

Some of the most peculiar chocolate covered foods are onions, tomatoes, pickles, potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, seaweed, jalapenos, shrimp, squid, scorpions, crickets, grasshoppers, ants, bees, bacon, ribs, beef jerky, chicken, sushi, waffles, potato chips and even a life sized vehicle.

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Chocolate-Covered Food Techniques

There are numerous chocolate covered techniques for creating wonderful displays for your friends and family such as pouring, drizzling, dipping and spreading. To impress your guests, you can also use white chocolate as an amazing contrast with dark or light chocolate.


The techniques are relatively easy but knowing how to prepare chocolate for drizzling or dipping is an art in itself. If you have little to minimal experience in heating chocolate, then it is best to research before starting your chocolate cooking venture.

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History of National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day

Word has it that the person who invented the holiday was probably a chocolate or candy factory to increase sales. No history of its origin has been found. No matter who invented this holiday in December, chocoholics are quite thankful.

No matter who invented the holiday, let’s all just be thankful they did. For National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day is a dream for all chocoholics.

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A Time for Chocolate

Tell me, who doesn’t like chocolate? Most people love and even crave chocolate from time to time. As a matter of fact, dark chocolate has several health benefits. Some say it’s even an aphrodisiac. However, it is defiantly euphoric and gives you instant satisfaction. It is the perfect gift for someone who has everything. Why not give the gift of chocolate, make something spectacular and delicious. You can’t go wrong with chocolate and a homemade gift.

Healthy Chocolate-Covered Anything Recipe

A desert that is truly good for you. Chocolate is known for its many health benefits. The darker the chocolate, the better it is for you. Choose chocolate that has a 70% rating which represents the percent of chocolate solids. Organic chocolate is typically the best quality plus it does not contain any chemicals.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 20 to 30 servings depending on choice of food

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces organic dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces organic white chocolate, for decorating if desired
  • 1 pound fruit or desired food

Instructions

  1. Prepare fruit or desired food for your masterpiece. If you are using fruit then wash and allow it dry completely. Place the fruit or food on parchment or wax paper once dried
  2. Prepare a double boiler by filling it with a few inches of water. Bring the water to a medium to high simmer. Place the chocolate in a stainless steel bowl that fits inside the double boiler pan. Important: Turn down the heat to very low. Melt the chocolate slowly until smooth. Remove from heat
  3. Carefully hold the fruit or food and dip it into the chocolate. Allow any excess to drip off then carefully place on the parchment paper
  4. If you are drizzling the chocolate then cautiously and slowly pour the chocolate over the selected food of choice. A fork is a useful tool for drizzling. Use a little white chocolate for a beautiful contrast. For clean white lines, wait until the dark chocolate has set up completely before applying. Once you apply the white chocolate, you can use a toothpick to create special patterns. Small piping bags are also useful for decorating
  5. You can use various contrasts like nuts or organic sprinkles. Apply when the chocolate has set up but still soft to the touch. Don’t wait until the chocolate has hardening completely
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 15 grams
Calories 70
Calories from Fat36
% Daily Value *
Fat 4 g6%
Saturated fat 2 g10%
Carbohydrates 9 g3%
Sugar 8 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Sodium 5 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Chocolate-Covered Anything Recipe

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National Chocolate Holidays Year Round

Dear chocoholics, here are several ways to celebrate chocolate year round. Now you can divulge in your favorite food every month of the year Enjoy!

  • National Chocolate Cake Day: January 27
  • National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day: January 3
  • National Chocolate Lovers Month: February
  • National Chocolate Mint Day: February 19
  • National Chocolate Caramel Day: March 19
  • American Chocolate Week: 3rd week in March
  • National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day: March 24
  • National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day: April 21
  • National Chocolate Custard Month: May
  • National Chocolate Chip Day: May 15
  • National Chocolate Pudding Day: June 26
  • National Chocolate Ice Cream Day: June 7
  • National Chocolate Eclair Day: June 22
  • National Milk Chocolate Day: July 28
  • National Chocolate Milkshake Day: September 12
  • National Chocolate Day: October 28
  • National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day: November 7
  • National Chocolate Covered Anything Day: December 16
  • National Chocolate Day: December 28
  • National Chocolate Day: December 29

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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Wow! One of my all-time favorite topics--chocolate! I gotta admit, presented in such a beautiful fashion, even the grasshopper looked strangely edible. Thanks for sharing--and titillating my appetite! Aloha, my friend!

Joe


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mecheshier 3 years ago Author

Hi Joe!!

Thanks for stopping by. I am pleased to hear that the Hub tantalized your taste buds.


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mercuryservices 3 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

Chocolate covered grasshoppers?!?! Gross... but it makes you think about how much protein exists around us all the time. But we don't consume it, simply because we're not conditioned to think of it as food. Cool hub.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

I could be a charter member, mecheshier, of any national holiday designated to celebrate chocolate - whether covering some other food or not. Thanks for listing all the other worthwhile chocolate holidays as well as your tips for chocolate covering!


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mecheshier 3 years ago Author

Hi mercuryservices

Yes, chocolate grasshoppers do sound gross. But Chocolate covered Anything Day is all about creativity for chocoholics. In my very young years I tried chocolate covered ants and bees. The ants tasted just like the smelled. The bees were okay but the wings got stuck in my teeth.. LOL

TY for the great input.


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mecheshier 3 years ago Author

Hi drbj

You are funny. :-) Yes, I think I could be a charter member as well. Thank you for your wonderful feedback.


gsurvivor 3 years ago

The grasshopper grossed me out but the rest just made my mouth water. Now I have to go out and get me some candy! :) Very good hub, a vote up from here! :)


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mecheshier 3 years ago Author

Hi gsurvivor

Glad that you enjoyed the Hub.. Yes, I get that response about the grasshopper a lot. lol. Thank you for the wonderful feedback and votes.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Mm I love Chocolate but this gem was masterpiece ; so very clever and voted up.

Eddy.


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mecheshier 3 years ago Author

Hi Eddy

Thank you so much. What wonderful feedback. I am glad that you enjoyed the Hub.


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Chocolate is my best kept secret--sort of. I keep a hidden stash of the really good stuff… :)

With holidays for it throughout the year there's no excuse not to indulge a little, but if I were August I would be beside myself! Have you double-checked that there's no Chocolate holiday in there? We should start a campaign. A month without a Chocolate day is a sad month .


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Hi RTalloni

I am totally with you there. I think I will do some research on August. There just has to be a chocolate something. If not, then a campaign it is. Thanks for the great feedback. :-)


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shai77 2 years ago

The chocolate strawberry tuxes are really clever! Great idea~! I'm up for everything covered in chocolate-- except maybe that grasshopper there. Chocolate Jimini Cricket just doesn't do much for my appetite. But this is such a delicious looking hub!


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Me to shai77. I can do without the grasshoppers as well. But I had to add them.

TY for the kudos!


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VioletteRose 2 years ago

Wow this is such an interesting hub, I love chocolates. Enjoyed reading about the chocolate national days :)


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Thank you VioletteRose. I am glad that you enjoyed it. Can't go wrong with chocolate


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day is an awesome I enjoy eating chocolates.


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Me too DDE What a great excuse to eat chocolate. :-)


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Maira818 2 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

I have a sweet tooth for chocolate. mmm... yum yum...Anything covered in chocolate makes it good... Interesting; I never knew of such a day! I will remember from now on to circle December 16 on my calendar and tell everyone about it. Thanks for sharing. Awesome page here! :)


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Hi Maira818

Me to, and while I was writing this article I discovered many days throughout the year that celebrate chocolate.

Thanks for visiting my Hub


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eugbug 2 years ago from Ireland

Seriously drooling stuff, the chocolate rose looks delicious.... I think I would give chocolate covered grasshoppers a miss though!........


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Hi eugbug

Now I would have thought that you would like the chocolate covered grasshoppers by your Hub name. Just kidding. Thanks for the great feedback. It is well appreciated!


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StoneCircle 2 years ago from Rindge, NH

Well according to your calendar, I will be making chocolate covered caramels on the 19th of this month. Off to go find that caramel recipe in anticipation.

Great hub, thumbs up & pinned


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Hi StoneCircle

Nico see you. Hmm, yes, chocolate covered caramels sound pretty good right now. Let me know how they turn out.

Thanks so much for the Kudos, votes and pins.. :-)


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Tolovaj 2 years ago

Yummy article:) My favorite fact is we don't have to wait December 16th to enjoy in chocolate. If I think a bit today sounds just right for some ...


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Hi Tolovaj

Thank you.. Yes, it is a good thing that we don't have to wait until December, otherwise I think I might go mad... :-) Yes it does sound good!


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torrilynn 2 years ago

I absolutely love chocolate. Thanks for the hub.


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mecheshier 2 years ago Author

Me too torrilynn. Glad that you enjoyed the Hub

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