National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day

National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day is celebrated on November 7th each year.  The staff at National Whatever Day were unable to discover the origins of this holiday.

Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate tht does not contain milk in either liquid or dry form.  Bittersweet chocolate is essentially a mixture of chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and sometimes vanilla.  Recent studies have revealed certain health benefits  from the regular consumption of small quantities of bittersweet chocolate.  Due to its high cocoa content, dark chocolate is a good source of certain flavonoids — namely epicatechin and gallic acid — that may be protective for the heart.

The almond is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia.  Almond is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated see of this tree.  The fruit of the almond is not a true nut, but the drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed inside.  Almonds are known to have health benefits including relief from constipation, respiratory disorders, cough, hear disorders, anemia, impotency, and diabetes.  It also helps in hair care, skin care, and dental care.

With both Bittersweet Chocolate and Almonds having health benefits there is no reason why one should indulge in a little Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds on November 7th.