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World Chocolate Day: 5 Chocolate Laden Recipes for your Sweet Tooth

Mark your calendars, chocoholics! Every year on July 7th, the world unites to celebrate World Chocolate Day, a day dedicated to appreciating the delectable treat in all its forms. From the rich, dark intensity of single-origin bars to the creamy sweetness of milk chocolate truffles, chocolate offers a delightful experience for every taste bud.

Sarbani Bhattacharjee
World Chocolate Day is Celebrated on the 7th of July                                                                                         Source: Freepik
World Chocolate Day is Celebrated on the 7th of July Source: Freepik

World Chocolate Day commemorates the arrival of chocolate in Europe in the 1550s. While the details remain fuzzy, historians believe that Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes encountered the bitter Aztec beverage "xocolat" during his travels in the early 16th century. Intrigued, he brought the drink back to Spain, sparking a love affair that would sweep across Europe.

Initially, European palates found xocolat unpalatable due to its bitterness. Enterprising individuals began experimenting by adding sugar, milk, and spices, transforming the beverage into a sweeter, more familiar treat. This marked the beginning of chocolate's evolution into the beloved confection we know today.

The journey did not stop there. In 1828, a Dutch chemist took chocolate a step further by inventing solid chocolate. The true turning point arrived in the mid-19th century. In 1847, JS Fry & Sons in Britain crafted the first chocolate bar, using cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and sugar. This innovation paved the way for the booming chocolate industry we see today.

 

5 Delicious Ways to Celebrate World Chocolate Day:

Here are five delectable chocolate recipes to tantalize your taste buds:

  1. Decadent Dark Chocolate Brownies:

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).

Line an 8x8-inch baking pan and place a parchment paper.

Whisk together 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour, ¾ teaspoon baking powder, and ½ teaspoon salt in a medium-sized bowl.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt 1 cup unsalted butter.

Remove from heat and stir in 8 ounces of chopped dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa solids) until melted and smooth.

Whisk together 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup packed light brown sugar.

 Beat in 2 large eggs and add 1 teaspoon vanilla essence.

Gradually add the melted chocolate mixture to the wet ingredients and stir well.

Add the dry ingredients until nothing is left behind and mix gently.

Pour batter into the prepared pan and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt to taste.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

Let cool completely in the pan before jumping right into it.

 

  1. Mexican Hot Chocolate:

In a small saucepan, whisk together 2 cups milk, 1 cinnamon stick, a pinch of ground chili flakes (optional), and a pinch of salt. Heat over medium heat until simmering.

Reduce heat to low and whisk in 6 ounces of chopped dark chocolate.

Whisk the chocolate until smooth.

Remove from heat and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Discard the cinnamon stick.

Divide hot chocolate into two mugs and garnish with whipped cream, a sprinkle of cinnamon, or a chili flake (optional) for an extra kick.

  1. Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark:

Start with preparing your favourite chocolate chip cookie dough.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Spread the cookie dough evenly onto the prepared sheet in a thin layer, about ½ inch thick.

Top generously with chocolate chips of your choice.

Freeze for at least 2 hours.

Break the frozen dough bark into squares and enjoy this chocolaty treat!

  1. Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Skewers:

Wash and dry your favourite fruits like strawberries, bananas, grapes, or pineapple chunks.

In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 6 ounces of chopped dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth and melted.

Thread the fruits onto skewers.

Dip each skewer into the melted chocolate, coating completely. Let any excess drip off.

Set the skewers on a baking sheet and refrigerate for about 20 minutes.

Enjoy these refreshing and guilt-free chocolate-dipped treats!

  1. Chocolate Avocado Mousse:

Cut a ripe avocado and scoop the flesh.

Add it to a blender with ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ⅓ cup honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.

Pour in 2 tablespoons of milk and blend until smooth and creamy.

You may add 1-2 tablespoons of more milk for a better consistency.

Divide the mousse into two serving bowls and let it chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Top with a drizzle of honey, fresh raspberries, or a sprinkle of cocoa powder for an extra touch of decadence.

 

Beyond the Treat: Making World Chocolate Day Meaningful

Learn about the origins of chocolate: Dive deeper into the history of chocolate by researching Mesoamerican cultures and their use of cacao beans.

Buy chocolates from homegrown brands to promote the cause of this day. Support local businesses.

Host a chocolate-tasting party: Come with special chocolate day dishes and make them with your loved ones. Get creative and encourage them to do so too.

So, this World Chocolate Day, do not just grab your favourite bar, Make One! Spread the love by supporting local businesses and arranging a drive for the needy. You can also gift chocolates to the workers on the street because the love for sweets is universal.

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