National Bittersweet Chocolate Day:
Celebrated annually as an unofficial holiday on 10th January the National Bittersweet Chocolate Day is yet another opportunity for the chocolate lovers to celebrate their invincible appetite for chocolates.
|2021||10th January||Sunday||United States|
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Why National Bittersweet Chocolate Day?
All the chocolates that we enjoy today are nothing short of the art and craft of meticulous processing and manual labor. The fully ripe Cacao pods are collected by knocking them off the tree. The beans and the surrounding whitish pulp are removed from the pods and are allowed to ferment for seven to eight days. The fermentation process develops the strong chocolate flavor that we are familiar with. After fermentation, the pods are to be dried for seven days to prevent mold growth and to prevent overdevelopment which may alter the flavor.
The beans are transported to manufacturing facilities for further processing. After processing the shell is extracted from the bean to remove the bean kernel, known as the nib. These are ground and are liquified to form the chocolate liquor; chocolate in its purest form. Cocoa solids and cocoa butter are the much-awaited processed components from chocolate liquor. These components are the magic potions for the creation of all the varieties of chocolates; Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, or any other varieties you can think of.
Though the milk chocolates are the most popular varieties in the US, endorsed by popular brands like Hershey’s and Ghirardelli’s, recently the dark or bittersweet varieties receive all the spotlight. All thanks to the numerous articles and health gurus who rant about the percentages of cacao, cocoa, and its health benefits. Sometimes referred to as the extra-dark chocolate, the bittersweet chocolates usually contain cocoa content of 66% or higher. These chocolates are made by adding sugar, cocoa butter, and sometimes vanilla to the chocolate liquor.
The bittersweet chocolates do not contain milk and the bitterness is balanced by the addition of cocoa butter and sugar. The bitterness varies from brand to brand depending on the sugar content and most often overlaps with the semi-sweet chocolate varieties. The flavor also depends upon the geographic location where the cacao was grown as it can confer a fruity or earthy flavor. Bittersweet chocolate is usually used for baking purposes and is commonly used in rich chocolate drinks such as the Mexican variety that includes a bit of Cayenne.
Dark, bitter, and rich in flavor, the bittersweet chocolates are a go-to healthy snacking substitute for your cravings any time of the day. Reminiscent of all the bittersweet experiences in life these bittersweet chocolates are suitable for any occasion. When life throws unripe cacao pods at you, have some bittersweet chocolates and keep moving forward.
How to Celebrate Bittersweet Chocolate Day?
Few Facts Related To Bittersweet Chocolate Day
- Into the Dark Side
The ideal way for celebration is to get a pack of these dark bittersweet chocolates and enjoy it by hiding from your family if you want to avoid the bitter experience of watching them gobble up to the last piece.
- Upgrade your Baking
For baking cakes or cookies use the bittersweet chocolate varieties for a different experience.
- Share some bittersweet chocolates
Show your love by sharing some bittersweet chocolates with the less fortunate children in the society. Well, not all of them may like it. Have fun helping them to enjoy these bitter good guys
- Connect with your Fellow chocolate fanatics
Send a gift box of bittersweet chocolates to your friends and family and share their reactions, photos, and the videos of your celebrations using #BittersweetChocolateDay
Interesting Facts On National Bittersweet Chocolate Day:
- The Cacao tree bears both flowers and fruits at the same time.
- The Cacao pods ripen at different times and require expertise to choose the right cacao pod and the right time for
- Consumption of dark chocolate or the bitter varieties are said to decrease the risk of heart diseases and are said to contain antioxidants that control blood pressure.
- The use of Child labour subject to trafficking and slavery in the vast Cacao plantations in South Africa is a bitter fact and an issue that is trying to be addressed through various humanitarian efforts.
History Of National Bittersweet Chocolate Day:
The history and origin of the Bittersweet Chocolate Day is a bitter fact but the fact that this legendary confection will never be lost as long as the human race survives is a sweet truth.