National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
There are many ways for chocoholics to indulge their love of chocolate, but there is one thing that holds a special place inside their hearts: cream-filled chocolates. These people are the reason National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day was created!
It is a wonderful feeling to snap through the outer layer and let the creamy chocolate centre melt on your tongue. There is nothing like it! There is always something to please everyone’s palate, whether it be strawberry, butterscotch or peppermint.
Is there any reason to not celebrate this delicious day? We don’t think so!
Cream-filled chocolates are an interesting idea that was actually inspired by simple pralines, which were first documented by Marshal du Pessis‚ÄìPraslin (17th century).
Cocoa (and chocolate) were not widely known in Europe at the time. So pralines of that era consisted mainly of nuts covered in caramelized sugar. Slowly but surely, pralines evolved and became more imaginative and fancy due to the availability of many new ingredients from the New World.
Jean Neuhaus II, a Belgian chocolatier, is believed to have created the first cream-filled chocolates we know today. These chocolates soon included everything you could imagine, including marzipan and various liqueurs. The most important thing is that the center of the chocolate is creamy.
National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day falls on the same day as Valentine’s Day, which is why it is expected that at most 58 million pounds worth of chocolate will be bought around Valentine’s Day. Although not all chocolate will be cream-filled, a large portion of it will.
National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day is just like other types of celebrations. It may take some planning ahead, especially for those who are interested in making their own candy. There are many ways to enjoy this day, especially for those who are creative.
This day can be celebrated by filling your stomach with delicious, luxurious chocolates. Online purchasing is a great way to get your chocolates.
Many boxes include cream-filled chocolates. These can be bought at specialty chocolatiers, food shops, and gift shops. The manufacturer may place a guide inside the box to help you identify the type of chocolate and enjoy it.
Make a game out of it by buying a few boxes of chocolates for work or to bring to a Cream-Filled Chocolate Day Party. Instead of sharing the guide with your friends, make it secret and have everyone guess what the chocolates are. Be aware of any nut allergies.
Who is the winner? The winner?
Because it coincides with Valentine’s Day people might find their favorite cream-filled chocolates in heart shapes. This adds an extra dimension to how the candies are enjoyed.
If you have a hankering for something unique, or a craving hits you in the middle of the night, you can make your own cream-filled chocolates–surprisingly enough, it’s not really that hard at all! Wilton sells chocolate molds.
These delicious treats can be made by simply covering a mold in melted chocolate. Once it has hardened, you can fill the shells using the filling of your choice (or three or ten depending on how much you like), then cover them with another layer. Voila! Voila! You now have your very own customized-made filled chocolates for whenever you want cream-filled chocolate.
Not to be confused with the scary part: Many people complain about how easy it can be to burn caramel. Burning is unlikely unless a candy maker attempts to speed up the process. However, caramel making is slow and deliberate. It takes patience and a little time to make caramel, but it is well worth the wait!
Place the vanilla bean seeds and sugar in a saucepan. Heat gently on low heat. Let the sugar melt slowly. Do not rush the process and don’t stir too often to prevent it from clumping. Do not panic if it happens. Keep heating the mixture until it reaches a boil. The sugar will then melt naturally.
Once the butter has melted completely, add the cream to it and stir until well combined. Reduce heat and then add butter one at a time, stirring well between each addition. Add the salt to the mixture and stir again. Let it cool down and thicken. Once the caramel has cooled completely, transfer it to a piping bag. Now you can fill your chocolates with buttery, sweet goodness!
Once the chocolates are cooled and served, share them with your family, friends, and neighbors to make National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day memorable!