International 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.