International Chocolate Day: September 13

| September 13, 2017 | 29 Comments

Pile of chocolateInternational Chocolate Day might just be one of the best days of the year! If you’re in the mood for a sweet celebration, you’re in luck. September 13th is designated International Chocolate Day. The origins of this holiday are unclear, although September 13th is the birthday of both Milton Hershey, founder of the Hershey chocolate company, in 1857, and of Roald Dahl, creator of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, in 1916. Whatever the reason behind the holiday, it should certainly be a fun day to celebrate. But of course, you can’t just buy a bag of chocolate and call it a day. Here are some fun activities involving chocolate that both you and your kids will enjoy.

  • Make chocolate spoons. For this project, you’ll need milk chocolate, white chocolate, heavy plastic spoons, wax paper, sprinkles, plastic wrap, and ribbon. Melt the milk and white chocolates separately in the microwave or on the stove. Dip half the spoons in white and half in milk chocolate, set the spoons on wax paper, and allow the chocolate to set completely. When it is set, dip the milk chocolate spoons into white chocolate and the white chocolate spoons into the milk chocolate, and allow to set again. Repeat the process one more time, but this time, roll the spoons in colored or chocolate sprinkles before allowing to set. Wrap the spoons in plastic wrap and tie with a ribbon to store. These are fun stirred into a cup of warm milk or coffee.
  • Have a chocolate treasure hunt. For this, you’ll need some small, individually wrapped chocolates, like Hershey’s Kisses, as well as a prize at the end of the hunt: maybe a small box of chocolates, a few favorite candy bars, or a mixed bag from a sweet shop. Start your treasure hunters off with a clue and a Kiss, and have them follow the trail of clues and Kisses until they discover their prize at the end. They may be eating sweets, but at least they’re not just sitting around.
  • Share the sweets. If you enjoy baking, and your kids enjoy helping, then spend a day making tour favorite chocolate creations. Chocolate cookies, chocolate brownies, chocolate cake, chocolate pie, whatever strikes your fancy should be fine. Once you’re done making it, it’s time to decide where it goes. Definitely hold on to some for yourself and your helpers, but see if you can brighten someone else’s day as well. Drop treats off at a local nursing home, soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or police or fire station. You’ll almost certainly make somebody’s day.
  • Make some Hot Chocolate
  • Chocolate covered Strawberries are our favorite treat
  • Or even better, how about a chocolate fondue at home – cut up some bananas, apples, strawberries and dip away!

These are just a few chocolate related activities that your family may enjoy. Whatever else you may decide to do on September 13th, remember to set aside some time to enjoy your favorite type of chocolate.

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  1. Well, I had chocolate today, but I wish I had gotten something other than what I did. I got a “snowstorm” won’t use the real name so I don’t get sued lol and it had brownie chunks in it and I just totally did NOT think they were good at all. Oh well! Live and learn. I’ll stick to my normal pb and choc candy one 🙂 I love your idea to go on a kiss hunt! That would be a fun thing to do any day of the year 🙂

  2. Carrie Conley says:

    Chocolate day….never heard of that….well for me….it will be another day I can have my fill of chocolate…

  3. Scott M says:

    You cant go wrong with chocolate, and a day set aside just for it even better!!! YUMMY CHOCOLATE!!!

  4. Eileen says:

    I had no idea! I did make chocolate chip cookies but that was just NOT enough;) good thing my 13 year old didn’t know…she would have had a field day with THAT…she’s a total choco addict. I bet there were some really giddy and HAPPY people out there today, and maybe just a few that can’t sleep with choco caff highs. LOL.

    NEXT YEAR, WATCH OUT!

  5. Lillea says:

    Real white chocolate is one of my favourites, so perhaps I’ll get some of that.

  6. Joanne J says:

    This is my first time hearing about International Chocolate Day! Interesting!

  7. Mike W Davis says:

    oh heck– every day is s choc0late day here–

  8. Anita Leibert says:

    So interesting to learn this is Chocolate Day! It’s also my son’s birthday 🙂 SWEET!!

  9. Rebecca says:

    What!? Yesterday was international chocolate day…and I didn’t even have any any chocolate! Every other day of my life I don’t have an excuse…and the one day that I have a legitimate excuse to eat chocolate, I blow it! I’m marking this on the calendar for future reference! 🙂

  10. Pamela Halligan says:

    They really do have a day for everything, don’t they?! Chocolate deserves it’s own special day. I am a chocolate lover.

  11. Cujo says:

    Sweet – no, litterally ~ Sweet. 🙂

  12. Jessica Eaton Ledford says:

    AH! I missed international chocolate day?? Oh well, it’s going to be today in my world!! 😉

  13. It’s the 14th… too late to have some chocolate?

  14. Lua says:

    I love chocolate, but celebrating it is definitely something I plan on trying! I missed it this year, but next year I will make a day of it! *nom nom* …excuse to eat more chocolate 😉

  15. DANG I missed it!!!! Well I will just have to celebrate it tomorrow instead <3

  16. Melinda Dartmann says:

    I know it is National Chocolate day, but for me that’s everyday!

  17. Sania Akbar says:

    Chocolate is so much tempting !!! Great day, i would love to celebrate and be a part of it 🙂

  18. Carrie says:

    The chocolate spoons are such a good idea—especially in warm milk!

  19. Peggy Bolling says:

    I am totally geeked out that there is a chocolate day! thanks for sharing all the things to do with chocolate!

  20. Sue Hull says:

    I’ve never heard of Chocolate Day but that’s my kinda day.There should be one a month.Lol! Thanks for the cool ideas. 🙂

  21. Tara says:

    Who needs an excuse to eat chocolate?? Not me, bookmarking this day in my calendar for next year!

  22. Shannon says:

    I love Chocolate Day! I am definetely trying the chocolate spoons!

  23. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    Love the chocolate spoon idea! They would be great to make for a birthday party. Everyday is chocolate day at my house!

  24. Rose Wendy says:

    Happy International Chocolate Day!

  25. Catarina says:

    chocolate *.*

  26. Shani says:

    Now I’m hungry for chocolate, haha!

  27. Christina Schmidt says:

    Now I want chocolate…Every day should be chocolate day!

  28. Maureen says:

    Who doesn’t want a bit of chocolate every day.

  29. Robin says:

    I live a stones throw from Hershey!

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