How To Celebrate National Chocolate Day, Because Embracing Your Sweet Tooth Is Important

When you are a self-proclaimed foodie like myself, food observance holidays are just as exciting as Halloween, Christmas, and birthdays. For example, if you have a sweet tooth, you will be all about National Chocolate Day. In 2016, this wonderful celebration takes place on Friday, Oct. 28. It coincides pretty well with the Halloween spirit that hits its peak at the end of the month. Seasonal chocolate treats are the best kind of treats, after all.

The rad thing about obscure food holidays is that they give specific meals, ingredients, and desserts a chance to shine. It also emphasizes the awesomeness of the particular food. To top it off, companies and retailers often host exclusive promotions for the day. And when you're one of the few (or first) to know about it, those deals are that much sweeter. Pun totally intended.

Obviously, you do not have to depend on stores and brands to celebrate this magnificent day. You can take matters into your own hands and find ways to embrace the holiday. Fortunately, chocolate is quite healthy for you in moderation, giving us reasons to love it even more. So don't forget to mark your calendars, fellow chocolate lovers. There is an entire day set aside for these ways to celebrate National Chocolate Day.

1. Eat Chocolate

This one is a no-brainer. I mean, it wouldn't be National Chocolate Day without a generous helping of delicious chocolate.

2. Make A Chocolate Recipe

The next best way to get in on the festivities is to make a homemade chocolate-based recipe. The best part is that you have an endless list of options and alternatives. Chocolate cake? Chocolate cupcakes? Strawberries covered in chocolate with a side of hot cocoa? Yes, yes, and yes.

3. Try A New Type Of Chocolate

Unless you have tasted every kind of chocolate in existence, you can take this opportunity to try something new. This year, scope out some chocolate treats in an obscure flavor that you haven't had before. Personally, I am dying to try chocolate infused with lavender.

4. Make A Chocolate Cocktail

When chocolate and alcohol come together, the result is a delightful treat that any grown-up kid (read: adult) will love. Alternatively, you can just add alcohol to hot chocolate for ultimate cozy fall vibes.

5. Buy Yourself A Box Of Chocolates

Who says you need to wait until Valentine's Day to buy (or receive) a box of fancy chocolates? Give yourself a break from the daily hustle of life by treating yourself.

6. Find A Local Chocolatier

I'm all about supporting independent businesses. In celebration of this day, take some time to scope out a chocolatier in your area. Even better, thanks to the internet, you aren't limited to just one town. Once you find a small brand that looks promising, consider placing an order just in time for National Chocolate Day.

7. Give Someone Chocolate

Again, you don't need to wait until Valentine's Day to show someone you love with a batch of tasty treats. Show someone that you are thinking of them by gifting some of their favorite chocolates. It doesn't even matter if it's a bag of M&M's from from the drugstore — it will be sure to put a smile on their face.

8. Host A Chocolate Fondue Party

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Round up your fellow chocolate lovers and kick off the weekend with a fondue party. This is an amazing way to celebrate the day while hosting a social gathering. You can easily find an electric fondue set at stores like Target or Kohl's.

9. Take A Tour Of A Chocolate Factory

If you're lucky enough to live within traveling distance of a chocolate factory, consider making a trip for the holiday. Some companies might even be holding events or specials for the day.

10. Visit A Bakery

Like factories, bakeries may have exclusive promotions on National Chocolate Day. Regardless, a visit to your local bakery is a great way to show support for both chocolate and the business.

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