If your taste buds are screaming for a sweet treat to eat, you're in luck! Jan. 10 is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day! Sweet! This annual "food holiday" celebrates the delicious dark chocolate made with at least 35 percent chocolate liquor! Now you're talkin'!
Dark Chocolate Health Benefits
Chocolate lovers have even more to celebrate. Besides tasting great, moderate amounts of bittersweet chocolate, is good for your health, too! Derived from cocoa beans, chocolate contains a large amount of antioxidants and flavonoids which are believed to have cardiovascular benefits. Dark chocolate can also lower blood pressure and it increases blood flow, along with adding a little spring to your step - it's a source of energy as well. And the darker the chocolate, the better.
In honor of National Bittersweet Chocolate Day, enjoy a decadent and delicious heart-healthy bittersweet treat to eat.
Bittersweet Chocolate Recipes
- Bittersweet Hot Chocolate - This 5-star recipe is perfect for this time of year!
- Bittersweet Chocolate Brownies - This 5-star recipe calls for unsalted butter, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, eggs and unsweetened chocolate.
- Bittersweet Chocolate Cookies - This recipe, from Gourmet, calls for all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, unsalted butter, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, nuts and confectioners sugar.
- Bittersweet Chocolate Cloud Cake - You'll need coffee, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder, eggs, cake flour, cream of tartar, sugar, salt and brandy for this 5-star recipe.
- Bittersweet Chocolate Tart - This decadent 5-star recipe, from Food and Wine, calls for heavy cream, eggs, confectioners' sugar, all-purpose and almond flour, unsalted butter, whole milk, milk chocolate, unflavored powdered gelatin, sugar and whipped cream.
- Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles - These 5-star sweet treats, from Kraft, look delish!
- Bittersweet Chocolate and Walnut Fudge - 'Nuff said!