Oh the joy and delight that can occur when a tasty bar of chocolate enters the picture. National Dark Chocolate Day is here to pay heed to this delicious and nutritious treat!
History of National Dark Chocolate Day
Dark chocolate has a rich history that goes back thousands of years! In fact, the first chocolate was consumed as a drink by natives in the central and south American regions where they would chop the cacao beans and immerse them in heated water to create a beverage. This bitter drink was often used for ceremonial purposes.
Its arrival to Europe changed the way chocolate was consumed, particularly with the introduction of cocoa powder and the use of milk in the process of making chocolate.
Today, many people are learning to go back to basics and appreciate the way that chocolate is in its purer, more original form. And National Dark Chocolate Day is the perfect time to learn more about and celebrate this delightful treat.
How to Celebrate National Dark Chocolate Day
Have tons of fun and enjoy celebrating National Dark Chocolate Day with some of these ideas:
Eat Dark Chocolate
With tons of different gourmet dark chocolate brands on the market today, it’s difficult to know which ones to choose! As many chocolate companies work toward fair trade and a healthier environment, they have worked toward developing relationships directly with cocoa farmers, which not only improves the product but also safeguards the farmers and workers.
Try out some of these fair trade dark chocolate options:
- Alter Eco Foods. The Super Blackout Bar boasts 90% cacao, restores forests and is a certified B Corporation.
- Theo Chocolate. Dedicated to making the world a better place, particularly through the production of organic and fair trade chocolate that is entirely ethical and sustainable.
- Evolved. Allergen free, these chocolate bars are produced with up to 100% cacao with no fillers or junk, and lightly sweetened with organic maple syrup.
- Equal Exchange. Building long term partnerships that are sound ecologically and economically, this company crafts their chocolate using certified USDA organic ingredients.
Learn the Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate
Take some time on National Dark Chocolate Day to get informed on the ways that dark chocolate offers benefits to the health:
Powerful source of antioxidants
Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants, such as flavonols and polyphenols, that fight off the dangerous and unhealthy free radicals that are present in the environment and food today.
May help with cholesterol
With the possibility of improving risk factors for heart disease, dark chocolate may protect against high cholesterol as well as possibly reducing insulin resistance.
Protect from sun damage
The antioxidants found in dark chocolate may help to improve blood flow to the skin, prevent skin damage from the sun, and even increase the hydration and density of the skin.
May improve brain function
Not only is dark chocolate possibly good for you in other ways, it may actually help to improve the function of the brain, helping to maintain cognitive function particularly in aging and older adults.