NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE DAY
National Chocolate Cupcake Day on October 18th annually celebrates the sweetness of small chocolate cakes. With a dollop of frosting, one sweet serving satisfying chocolate and dessert lovers!
Cupcakes have also been known to be called:
- Fairy Cakes
- Patty Cakes
- Cup Cakes (different from Cupcakes (one-word))
Cupcakes can be traced back to 1796 when a recipe notation of “a cake to be baked in small cups” was written in American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons. The earliest known documentation of the term cupcake was in 1828 in Seventy-five Receipts for Pastry, Cakes, and Sweetmeats in Eliza Leslie’s Receipts cookbook.
Bakers initially baked their cupcakes in heavy pottery cups. Today, some still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large teacups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking their cupcakes.
Chocolate cupcakes come in a variety of flavors, too. Of course, there’s always the standard chocolate cupcake. But why stop there on a holiday?
- Chocolate caramel cupcakes satisfy that extra cry for sweetness.
- Peanut butter chocolate cupcakes are the snackers delight.
- Get devilishly good cupcakes with Devil’s Food.
- Cool things off a bit with chocolate mint recipes, too.
- And you can’t forget chocolate orange cupcakes. Citrus brightens the flavor of any chocolate recipe.
HOW TO OBSERVE #ChocolateCupcakeDay
Celebrate by trying one of the following tempting recipes while watching an episode of the Food Network reality-based competition show, Cupcake Wars. Remember to invite friends or family over to share. That’s how we like to #CelebrateEveryDay!
Use #ChocolateCupcakeDay to post on social media.
So This Friday, June 7th is National Doughnut Day.
You can join in the commemoration of this unique day with some awesome treats today. Places like Dunkin, Krispy Kreme, Hurts Doughnut, and many others will be offering free and special pricing in honor of National Doughnut Day.
Where did this holiday come from and why didn’t I learn about this as a child? Turns out it started in Salvation Army canteens in WWI. The doughnuts and volunteers who handed them out to soldiers became so popular they were termed, Doughnut girls. The tradition continued in WWII with over 4,000 volunteers manning canteens all over Europe for the soldiers.
The popularity continues as we honor those volunteers with National Doughnut day. Now I know these are probably not a recommended food on your diet, however maybe just 1 for yourself or a treat for the kids on summer vacation makes todays list of things to do.
You can also make your own at home with some of the great recipes out there. everything from traditional cake, yeast, Keto, filled and beyond.
Smooth, creamy, sensuous
Be it dark, milk, white, bittersweet, liquid or solid…Most everyone has their favorite – be it wrapped around a caramel, drizzled over a bowl of ice cream, or in a steamy cup of hot chocolate on a cold wintry night.
Chocolate is a food that elicits an almost visceral response…and it brings back memories… of places and people we love. Brings thoughts of love and romance and desire.
So what is it about chocolate that gives it such mysterious power.
Chocolate contains around 300 chemical compounds that act as a mild stimulant, an anti-depressant, and even an aphrodisiac. The emotional lift, the increase in sexual desire and responsiveness and general “feel good” feeling that eating chocolate causes is a result of the increase in the serotonin levels in the brain.
Although it is not known for certain how long chocolate has been consumed by man, it dates at least as far back as the Mayas (circa 500 A.D) and perhaps back to the Olmec civilization, which preceded the Mayan. Back then, chocolate was far different from what we commonly think of as chocolate… It was a bitter tasting drink made from the ground beans and often containing chili pepper. It wasn’t until around the 17th century when the Spanish brought cacao back to Europe and the chili was replaced by sugar, that chocolate evolved into something similar to what we know as chocolate.
Chocolate comes from the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) … a strange looking tree with large football shaped pods growing perpendicular to the trunk and branches.
These pods vary in color from green, to yellow, to red, depending on their maturity. Once you strip off the rippled outer layer of the pod you discover inside there is a white fibrous pulp that has a mild bittersweet chocolate flavor and buried within this pulp are seeds that when processed become what most of us true chocolate addicts know as the “chocolate beans”. Depending on which of the three varieties of cacao tree you are harvesting the pod from, the beans within the pods are purple or white.
Without going too deeply into to the complex process and the many steps to produce what we know as chocolate, suffice it to say that the beans are roasted, the hard shells removed, then the remaining “nibs” are mashed. At this point sugar and vanilla are added to the chocolate liquor. After this the liquor is heated to evenly blend the liquid – then it undergoes the tempering process, and finally the chocolate is molded, cooled and hardened.
Most of us really don’t care about all the finer points of how chocolate is made. We care about TASTE. While there are many fine chocolatiers throughout the world, the most famous for their chocolate are the Swiss. In fact it was Swiss Chemist Henri Nestle, who first mixed powdered milk into chocolate to invent milk chocolate. So, depending on your personal preference be it for Hershey’s, Nestles, Ghiradelli, Godiva, Lindt/Lindor, Mars, Cadbury, etc…. Chocolate is a little bit of heaven.
And with Valentines Day just around the corner, jewelry, flowers, and chocolates are the items most often associated with this holiday that celebrates LOVE. So, whether it is a heart shaped box of assorted chocolates, chocolate truffles, chocolate covered strawberries or plain – chocolate is almost a must for Valentines Day – for both the men and women. Yes, for the men too. In case you missed it, they now make tool boxes, tools, footballs, etc in chocolate for the guys.
I personally like most any kind of chocolate, but that said, I must admit to having a preference for dark chocolate and a special weakness for Frango mints. They are made by a Chicago candy company by the name of Cupid Candies. My sister, who lives in Wisconsin, sends me a box nearly every Christmas and I hoard and ration them to make my meager supply last as long as possible. Originally, they were sold nearly exclusively by Marshall Field’s. In 2005, Marshall Field’s was purchased by Macy’s, and Frango mints may be purchased at Macy’s and they can also be found on Amazon. Thank the Lord !!! I don’t have a Macy’s locally, but with the internet, Macy’s and Amazon are as near as my computer and I can get my fix of Frango mints when I inevitably run out.
National Chocolate Day does in fact exist, while not the day after Valentine’s, Easter, or Holloween, please enjoy the great markdowns on chocolate. The official Chocolate Day is October 27, 2017. I also heard a news story on a major network report that scientists have determine that women require chocolate in our diets to level our hormones. If it fits in my calorie count, I refuse to feel guilty!