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Enjoy a French dessert today: It's National Chocolate Eclair Day

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Everyone likes a little treat once in a while. Let an eclair be that treat on June 22, when it is National Chocolate Eclair Day. Eclairs are long, puffy buns stuffed with cream and topped with rich chocolate icing. An eclair is a delicious dessert that's so quick and easy to make, and best of all is that everyone loves it. Most cooks keep the ingredients on hand in case they need to make a a quick dessert.

A chocolate eclair is the most popular eclair even thought there are other flavors. The word “éclair” is the French word for" lightning." It may have gotten its name from the "flash" of frosting that glistens across its top. The French call the dough of these treats “choux,” which is carefully baked to allow for a hollow interior.

Once cool, the pastry then is filled with a flavored custard that may be vanilla, coffee or chocolate, or with whipped cream, or chiboust cream; and then iced with fondant icing. Other fillings include pistachio and rum-flavored custard, fruit-flavored fillings, or chestnut purée. Then the eclair is topped off with a chocolate icing.

The eclair has been a bakery shop staple since its creation in the 1860s, and it will undoubtedly continue to popular for a long time.

With its flaky dough and sweet, creamy filling, the chocolate eclair has become a global favorite. To celebrate National Chocolate Eclair Day, head over to your local bakery, or use watch the video above to learn how to make your own.

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