There is little in the world as divine as chocolate, unless we consider the almond. What providence it is that these two things compliment each other so readily.
Truer words were never spoken. Chocolate is a delicious substance that has been loved and lauded by every tier of society from the poorest to the richest. Kings have traded for it, and men have killed for it, and even Gods have bowed for it. The almond is equally revered, referred to in the Bible as being “among the best of fruits.” Chocolate With Almonds Day celebrates the coming together of these two substances.
History of Chocolate With Almonds Day
Let us begin exploring its history in alphabetical order, shall we? The almond was spoken highly of in the Bible, and finds its origins in the Middle East. There it has been used as a source of food, medicine, and decoration for time out of mind. They are easily harvested from within the almond fruit, and are now grown extensively in California, and is the subject of the largest managed cultivation in the entire world of agriculture. That’s how important this humble tree nut is.
Chocolate is easily one of the most popular substances to every enter the world. It has been seen as a solution for sorrow and a great compliment for joy, and literally contains the stuff of love, at least chemically. Chocolate is used as a way to demonstrate your love for another and has been used in just about every culinary combination you could imagine. Its diversity is well loved, as well as its adaptability.
Chocolate With Almonds Day celebrates what happens when these two fantastic ingredients come together into one mind-bendingly delicious whole.
How to celebrate Chocolate With Almonds Day
Find your favorite source of chocolate drenched almonds and indulge your tastes appropriately! Snickers now makes a bar with almonds, as does Hershey’s with their almond variation on their traditional chocolate bar. But it can go so much further than this. Try your own hand at making a special Chocolate With Almonds Day treat.
Take some almonds and clean them thoroughly, salt them, and put them on a cookie sheet. Place them in the oven and roast them at 450 until lightly browned. While they’re roasting melt down the milk chocolate in a double boiler, add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper, and stir thoroughly. Then you just take the roasted almonds from the oven, allow them to cool, and toss them in the bowl until coated. Place on wax paper to let the chocolate harden and enjoy!
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National Chocolate with Almonds Day – July 8, 2022
We look forward to National Chocolate with Almonds Day when it pops up on our calendar every July 8 and we celebrate one of the world’s most popular confections. We confess, this national day is not just another day we circle on our calendar. We also add this one to our to-do list for today so we don’t miss out. We know we really don’t need a special day on the calendar to indulge in one of our favorite guilty pleasures. But doesn’t having a day on the calendar to celebrate such a heavenly confection help negate the guilty part of a guilty pleasure? We think so. Today, we are indulging unashamedly because chocolate and almonds are incredibly satisfying. This makes us wonder if the reason we crave chocolate with almonds and find the combination so satisfying is because our bodies know what is good for us. Chocolate and almonds both are separately documented to have heart health benefits. Which makes this day even sweeter. Chocolate and almonds naturally complement each other’s flavors and have been paired together by confectioners for close to two centuries. Adding to the taste pleasure is solid research confirming that eating chocolate with almonds appears to have a positive impact on heart health. If only we could say that about other guilty pleasure pairings, like potato chips and dip, or pretzels and beer.
We are not sure who first poured chocolate over almonds and declared the result not just good, but very good. But we do know that chocolate and almonds each have individual histories that validate our obsession with these nutrient-rich gifts from Mother Nature.
Chocolate dates back 4,000 years to Mexico and Central America where cocoa plants were initially cultivated. Mayan and Aztec civilizations first consumed chocolate as an unsweetened beverage and it was used as a mood enhancer and aphrodisiac. It’s no wonder the Mayans happily worshipped a god of cacao and considered chocolate to be the “food of the gods.” Unfortunately for the common Mayan man, woman, and child, the bitter but delicate brew was reserved for rulers, warriors, and priests during sacred ceremonies. This sheds light on our own obsessive cravings for chocolate and comforts us to know it’s not just our imagination that eating chocolate makes us feel good.
Historical references to almonds indicate that the slightly sweet, fragrant tree nut has had religious, ethnic, and social significance dating back to ancient cultures. Historical references reveal that almonds were highly valued by ancient Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, and Spanish civilizations, as well as served to kings and Pharaohs. Almonds are recorded metaphorically in the Bible, symbolizing divine approval.
We have always suspected the pairing of chocolate with almonds to be of divine origin.
Maybe history is telling us we are onto something. Could it be that our insatiable human cravings for chocolate with almonds are written in our DNA? Even the ancients knew there was something otherworldly special about chocolate and almonds. Modern nutritional research confirms the special qualities of both almonds and chocolate that make each a source of benefits linked to improved heart health.
On National Chocolate with Almonds Day, we are celebrating with abandon because it’s not just a wishful urban legend that chocolate with almonds is good for you, they really are good for your heart health — in moderation, of course, because too much of a good thing is never a good thing.
On the Scene
North America receives its first chocolate shipment on a Spanish vessel at what is now the coast of Florida.
First Solid, Edible Chocolate
British chocolate company J.S. Fry & Sons is the first to create an edible solid form of chocolate by combining cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and sugar.
First Mass-Produced Chocolate Bar With Almonds
Hershey's introduces its chocolate bar with almonds.
“Almonds and Chocolate, the Dynamic Duo”
The Almond Board of California releases an extensive summary of research proving the health benefits of chocolate and almonds.
Are chocolate-covered almonds considered candy?
Candy is the common name for a food category called sugar confectionery. Sugar confections include any sweet confection that has sugar as the main ingredient. Most chocolate-covered almond recipes include sufficient sugar to be considered a candy.
Are chocolate-covered almonds a healthy snack?
Researchers have previously reported in the ‘Journal of the American Heart Association’ that the combination of dark chocolate and almonds reduced LDL cholesterol particles, which is just one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Consumed separately, both cocoa and almonds have been linked to lower blood pressure and lower sugar levels by other studies. Remember that chocolate-covered almonds usually contain sugar, which must be counted when considering any food as part of a healthy diet.
How long are chocolate covered almonds good for?
When freshly prepared at home or by a local confectioner, chocolate covered almonds will keep fresh for two weeks in an air-tight container. Mass-produced chocolate covered almonds may keep a little longer if a preservative has been added to the recipe. Always refer to the product packaging or the brand’s website for the stay-fresh date and storage instructions.
Make homemade chocolate with almond treats
Homemade chocolate-covered almonds or brownies with slivered almonds are both simple-to-make treats that require just a few easy-to-find ingredients. While we prefer to make either of these delicious chocolate almond treats from scratch, a quality brownie mix and a bag of slivered almonds make easy work of the brownies. Be forewarned that these yummy treats are not only easy to make, but they are also easy to eat.
Put your money where your mouth is
Why not buy stock in a company that makes chocolate with almonds confections? Sweet confections that taste good and are also good for you will always be in demand, regardless of the economy. And it just makes sense to invest in companies that make products you personally enjoy.
Taste different chocolate with almond products
Although chocolate-covered almonds are the most well-known of chocolate almond treats, today is a good day to step outside your usual go-to candy box and sample other chocolate-almond confections. There are interesting varieties of chocolate covered almonds including salted and no salt varieties, light or dark chocolates, as well as simple chocolate with almonds candy bars, and chocolate almond bark.
Five Proven Health Benefits Of Chocolate And Almonds
Cocoa lowers blood pressure and LDL cholesterol
Studies confirm that cocoa products help lower blood pressure and reduce total and LDL cholesterol, which aids in preventing heart disease.
Dark chocolate is an antioxidant
Dark chocolate (70–85% cocoa content) is loaded with polyphenols, flavonols, and catechins, all organic, biologically active compounds that serve as antioxidants in the human body.
Almonds are nutrient-dense
Almonds are the most nutrient-dense tree nut — they are an excellent source of protein, potassium, magnesium, and vitamin E, and have no cholesterol.
Almonds are low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free
Reuters Health reported on a study that suggests overweight and obese people who eat almonds and chocolate every day may have lower cholesterol than their counterparts who don’t eat these foods.
Almonds may help us think better and lose weight
Almonds have healthy fats believed to support proper brain function and aid in weight loss by curbing hunger.
It makes us feel healthier
Considering all the documented proof that cocoa and almonds together have a positive protective effect on the heart, we think chocolate with almonds may compensate for some of the less healthy foods we eat.
It makes us feel like royalty
When we found out that ancient civilizations reserved cocoa for royalty and the elite of society, we grabbed another handful of chocolate and almonds to elevate our status.
It makes us feel happy
Chocolate and almonds together, in whatever form they are paired, satisfy our cravings for sweet, crunchy, and salty desserts or snack foods. Eating our favorite chocolate-almond treat always makes us feel good.
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