Chocolate Holidays

There are many Chocolate Holidays throughout the year to satisfy all the Chocolate Lovers! Chocolate does make the world go round, but is it healthy?

Chocolate Holidays - Information from Holidays and Observances: http://www.holidays-and-observances.com/chocolate-holidays.html

Chocolate! What do you feel when you think of this beloved candy? If you are like most of us, you feel comfort! It's your go to friend, when life is tough! There are those in the diet industry that will advise you to get rid of all of the foods that you love. This is called deprivation, and it often leads to overeating. Life is short and there is no room for deprivation!

Here are the Chocolate Holidays that we have found so far!  Eventually, we will have a devoted page for each day:

January Chocolate Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Candy Month

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)


February Chocolate Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Celebration of Chocolate Month

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • Make Mine Chocolate - February 15 - April 16, 2017 (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15th, and ends on Easter)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)


March Chocolate Holidays

2017 Weeks: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • American Chocolate Week - March 19-25, 2017 (Third Full Week of March)
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Week - March 14-20, 2015 (2017 TBA)
  • Make Mine Chocolate - February 15 - April 16, 2017 (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15th, and ends on Easter)

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day - March 6
  • National Chocolate Caramel Day - March 19
  • National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day - March 24
  • National Black Forest Cake Day - March 28


Chocolate Holidays - Information from Holidays and Observances: http://www.holidays-and-observances.com/chocolate-holidays.html

April Chocolate Holidays

 2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Chocolate Mousse Day - April 3
  • National Chocolate Covered Cashews Truffle Day - April 21


May Chocolate Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Chocolate Custard Month

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Chocolate Parfait Day - May 1
  • National Truffles Day - May 2
  • National Chocolate Custard Day - May 5
  • National Nutty Fudge Day - May 12
  • National Chocolate Chip Day - May 15
  • I Love Reese's Day - May 18


June Chocolate Holidays

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day - June 2
  • National Chocolate Ice Cream Day - June 7
  • National German Chocolate Cake Day - June 11
  • National Fudge Day - June 16
  • National Chocolate Eclair Day - June 22
  • National Pralines Day - June 24
  • National Chocolate Pudding Day - June 26


Chocolate Holidays - Information from Holidays and Observances: http://www.holidays-and-observances.com/chocolate-holidays.html

July Chocolate Holidays

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Chocolate Wafer Day - July 3
  • Chocolate Day - July 7
  • National Hot Fudge Sundae Day - July 25
  • National Milk Chocolate Day - July 28


August Chocolate Holidays

Month: (Sorted Alphabetically)

  • National Brownies at Brunch Month

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day - August 4
  • National S'mores Day - August 10
  • National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day - August 20


September Chocolate Holidays

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Chocolate Milkshake Day - September 12
  • International Chocolate Day - September 13
  • National White Chocolate Day - September 22
  • National Chocolate Milk Day - September 27


Chocolate Holidays - Information from Holidays and Observances: http://www.holidays-and-observances.com/chocolate-holidays.html

October Chocolate Holidays

2017 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Chocolate Covered Insects Day - October 14
  • National Chocolate Cupcake Day - October 18
  • National Chocolate Day - October 28


November Chocolate Holidays

2016 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day - November 7
  • Chocolates Day - November 29
  • National Mousse Day - November 30


December Chocolate Holidays

2016 Days: (Sorted by Date)

  • National Sacher Torte Day - December 5
  • National Chocolate Brownie Day - December 8
  • National Cocoa Day - December 12
  • National Chocolate-Covered Anything Day - December 16
  • National Chocolate Day - December 28 and 29





Is Chocolate a Healthy Diet Habit?

The information below is taken from Kerry's Healthy Diet Habits website:

Some healthy diet habits that will help you to keep chocolate in your life and not cause you to gain weight are:

Determine if it is a serious trigger food for you, and if it is you have two choices:

  1. You can box it out. To box it out, you intentionally decide that you will not eat this food because it does not work for you. I have met people who can’t eat candy. It leads to extreme binging and weight gain. People can tie an extreme period of weight gain to that first bite of it. That one bite caused 50 pounds of weight gain! If this is you, choose other foods that do not lead to binging. You are not depriving yourself; you are just caring for yourself in a wise way.

  2. Your second choice is to box it in. This means that although it's a trigger food, you can safely plan it into your life. You have a plan that allows you to eat it at planned times, rather than mindlessly eating a large amount of it. Maybe you purchase a small candy bar on the weekend, or split a dessert with a friend at set times. You might buy a single serving dessert from the market, but not the entire dessert. You know you might eat the entire thing, and you are practicing kindness to yourself in a mature way!
  • Develop a taste for quality candy and really taste it. Some types are amazing and some, not so great. I am always amazed that there are people who swoon over Hershey’s Kisses. If you really savor and taste them, they taste on the rancid side. I hear all of the cries from the Hersey’s lovers! If you are going to eat calories, eat amazing ones, and savor them. Eat them slowly and enjoy every bite.
  • Chocolates are caloric, so plan a small serving. Check the food label. Remember that your treats and snacks must fit into your daily menu planning guide. If you plan on eating a 200 calorie candy bar on a given day, plan it in. Totally doable!

  • Stick with candy bars that are not caramel or nougat filled. They will be less caloric and contain less sugar and fat. Nuts and fruit are great flavor additions.
  • Chocolate is a food that can end up causing serious cravings. Eat it with your meal or with a small handful of nuts. This will stop your blood sugar from spiking due to the sugar content, and keep cravings under control. If you crave it and think of nothing else, you may need to reevaluate and box it out! Tears for you!
  • Choose dark varieties, because they are loaded with flavonoids that act as antioxidants. Great news, your candy fix contains more antioxidants than your fruit choice, possibly! Healthy dark varieties contain at least a 65% or higher cocoa content. White or milk varieties ARE NOT included in the healthy category! Learn to love Dark!

Chocolate has been proven to increase happiness and therefore a great Lifestyle Solution. It actually increases your endorphins in your brain, which make you happy. Endorphins work to lessen pain and decrease stress.

It also contains tryptophan which causes serotonin to be released. Serotonin is an anti-depressant! This daily fix might just be the key to happiness, stress and pain relief, and less depression! Definitely a healthy diet habit! 




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