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November 7th is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then I hope you like nutty sweetness because it's National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!  I bet you're happy this day finally came, huh?  Well, let's get right into celebrating National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day!

WHY IS THIS A HOLIDAY?  

Well, it's simple... people love the combination of nuts and chocolate! Almonds happen to be one of my favorite nuts, so I can fully understand that. But even though bittersweet chocolate isn't my favorite, there are some people that absolutely love it! And when you add the crunch of almonds into their bittersweetness then they just about do a backflip. I'm sure you already know how crazed chocolate addicts get... so, do you really need to ask why this a holiday?  But if you're not exactly sure what bittersweet chocolate is, then let me explain. It's a chocolate that has a little bit of sugar in it (less than a third of it is sugar), cocoa butter and some vanilla. Yep, there's some vanilla in bittersweet chocolate! If you compare it to semisweet chocolate, bittersweet chocolate has more chocolate liquor but less sugar. So it is a little sweet, but not quite as sweet as other chocolates... hence the bitterness.

But what about the almonds; what's so good about almonds? Well, if you eat almonds, you're getting a nice dose of fiber, vitamin E, the B vitamins, unsaturated fat and some protein. And there have been studies that show that almonds actually might lower your risk of cancer and heart disease. They're pretty helpful when it comes to cholesterol. And since bittersweet chocolate is a type of dark chocolate, it has some extra antioxidants to add into the mix.   So this might actually be a pretty healthy snack, if it's straight up bittersweet chocolate-covered almonds!

HOW TO CELEBRATE 

So, how can you celebrate today?  Well, all you really need are two ingredients... do you have them? It could be any type of almond and any form of bittersweet chocolate. So, see if you have any raw, roasted, chopped or blanched almonds or heck, even almond flour. Then see if you have any bittersweet chocolate chips, chunks or bars. If you do then you just chew the two up together and you're set. Or you can melt down the chocolate and cover your almonds in the bittersweetness.  But maybe you don't have either of these amazing things... you're just going to have to head to the store then! And you know, you can look for things that are already a combination of both bittersweet chocolate and almonds. There might be a candy bar waiting for you on the shelf or perhaps some chocolate-covered almonds. That will help cut out a lot of work for you, because we all know how much it sucks waiting for chocolate to cool back down.  But if you do feel like getting creative today then think of ways you can combine these two ingredients. Like, what if you made some no-bake cookies with bittersweet chocolate and chopped almonds? That might be pretty good! Or you could try making some brownies with almond flour and your lovely bittersweet chocolate. And if you're really gangster you might just make some homemade, bittersweet chocolate ice cream with roasted almonds in it.  Have a great day and enjoy this lovely combination!





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