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November 7th is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day
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
WHY IS THIS A
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
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