National Chocolate Covered Cashews Day is observed each year on April 21st. Not unlike other nuts, cashews and chocolate get along well together. Of course, chocolate lovers savor the combination of nutty crunch and creamy, rich chocolate. 

The cashew is a tree from the family Anacardiaceae.  Its English name comes from Portuguese for the fruit of the cashew tree “caju.”  Originally native to Northeastern Brazil, cashew trees are now widely grown in tropical climates for its cashew fruit and nuts.

With leaves arranged spirally and a leathery texture, the evergreen cashew tree grows as tall as 32 feet high. It also often grows with an irregularly shaped trunk. The buds produce small flowers that start out pale green then turn reddish, each one having five slender, acute petals.

Surprisingly, the shell of the cashew nut is toxic, which is why producers shell the cashew before selling it to consumers. While many people enjoy the cashew nut for its delicious buttery flavor on its own, adding chocolate makes it even more enjoyable. It makes a great gift during the winter holidays. However, chocolate-covered cashews are enjoyed all year long. 

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HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCoveredCashewsDay

Celebrate with a handful of chocolate-covered cashews. They make terrific party snacks. Add them to trail mix or keep a dish of them by your desk to ward off the mid-day munchies. Use #ChocolateCoveredCashewsDay to share on social media.


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