National Chocolate Mint Day
Although chocolate and mint may sound odd, they have many benefits, not the least of all their amazing taste. Combining these delicious treats together can provide many health benefits.
Chocolate is known to produce dopamine and serotonin, but it’s also healthier when combined with mint. Because mint is an aromatic and powerful herb that helps in digestion and freshens breath, it’s a great choice.
It may seem strange that you can combine a herb that grows so prolifically with the cacao bean to make something so delicious. Today is National Chocolate Mint Day to celebrate this unusual combination.
Ancient Greeks and Romans loved mint for its ability aid digestion, freshen breath, and versatility. But mint-flavored chocolates weren’t invented until the late 19th Century, when candy was still being made from solid chocolate.
Mint and chocolate were not a very popular combination until York Peppermint Patties was created. York Cone Company was founded by Henry Kessler in the 1920s to produce ice cream cones. York was not able to become a specialist in mint concoction until a few decades later.
The York Peppermint Patty was the perfect combination of mint and chocolate. It was not until the 1940s that it was invented. Although mint and chocolate were already well-known during this period, York’s invention made it a timeless combination.
Hershey now owns the York Cone Company. Hershey offers a variety of York peppermint patties. Options include sugar-free, chocolate truffle mints, York Peppermint Bits and many other shapes to suit different holidays.
Although York was the first city to be known for mint chocolates, other cities followed suit. According to some sources, Huyler’s was actually the first candy company to mass-produce chocolate mint candies.
The combination of mint, chocolate, and mint is now a well-known classic. National Chocolate Mint Day, sponsored annually by the US National Confectioners Association (USNCA), is celebrated each year with various activities that involve people buying mint chocolates and enjoying their delicious treats.
This day is something that many people can appreciate and celebrate. These are some ideas to celebrate chocolate mint day. You can also come up with other creative ideas.
Chocolate Mint treats don’t need to be limited to those sold at the grocery store. You can celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day at home by creating a variety of recipes using fresh mint oil or gourmet cocoa powder. It can be fun to find a recipe online and try it out. You can make it even more enjoyable by hosting a party where you dedicate your entire day to making mint chocolates.
You don’t have to make chocolate mint candies. The combination of mint and chocolate can be used to enhance a variety of sweet recipes including cookies, cakes, brownies and the popular mint chocolate chip ice-cream. If the timing is right, Thin Mint Cookies, which Girl Scouts are famous for, can be used to inspire and add to many delicious recipes.
Ask the barista in your local coffee shop for a chocolate mint mocha instead of your usual morning cup.
Add a little mint to your hot chocolate for an afternoon pick me up. Add a bit of red-and-white mint to the bottom of the cup and stir. This is a great way for leftover peppermint candy canes.
Adults can enjoy a chocolate mint alcoholic concoction, which will taste just like a dessert. The drink is sometimes called a Grasshopper and typically includes creme de menthe (creme de cacao), light cream, and creme de menthe. Bailey’s Irish Cream can be used in some recipes, and whipped cream may be added for good measure. This drink can also be garnished with fresh mint, peppermint candy or cocoa.
A great way to make coworkers happy is by giving out York patties or other chocolate mint treats to your workplace. Also, tell them why you love this day. For those who are more adventurous, they can make their favourite mint chocolate brownies or any other recipe and bring them along to work. You can make Grasshopper cocktails after work by following the above-mentioned recipes.