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National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 10 ounces organic dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 3 ounces organic white chocolate, for decorating if desired
- 1 pound fruit or desired food
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
|Serving size: 15 grams|
|Calories from Fat||36|
|% Daily Value *|
|Fat 4 g||6%|
|Saturated fat 2 g||10%|
|Carbohydrates 9 g||3%|
|Sugar 8 g|
|Fiber 1 g||4%|
|Protein 1 g||2%|
|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
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