Glancing at the month of December in my planner, I see the typical holidays you might expect – Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve. It was brought to my attention that my planner is missing one other important holiday – Chocolate Covered Anything Day! Who knew that December 16 had earned such status?!
Apparently this is a relative newcomer as far as holidays go, but I think it is one that has unlimited potential. Of course, you can put chocolate on just about anything you usually eat, but today’s the day to stretch your imagination. Chocolate-covered pretzels is one of my favorite snacks, but it’s certainly not unusual anymore. How about chocolate covered potato chips? Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream incorporated that idea in a flavor introduced this past March, honoring late night talk show host, Jimmy Fallon. The Late Night Snack Ice Cream includes vanilla ice cream with chocolate fudge covered potato chips and salted caramel swirls. Now there’s a reason to celebrate!
Some of you may be more daring and try something along the lines of chocolate covered ants or grasshoppers. Now that probably wouldn’t be my first choice for celebrating Chocolate Covered Anything Day, but I certainly wouldn’t rule them out. While searching the web, I found that there are a number of places who would be happy to sell you chocolate covered ants or mealworms or any other crunchy insect. I even found a recipe for you do-it-yourselfers! Did you know that red ants are spicy?
A fun, easy way to celebrate Chocolate Covered Anything Day would be to make a chocolate fondue. It only takes about 2 or 3 ingredients, plus whatever you want to have for dipping – pretzels, crackers, potato chips, strawberries, pineapple, dried apricots, angel food cake, and on and on. A chocolate fondue lets you experiment without investing a lot. Here’s a recipe/blog about chocolate fondue.
If anyone reading this is from the south, you might find this redundant. Again, while cruising the web for this blog, I ran across a number of recipes for Biscuits and Chocolate Gravy. That was new to me! Now who would want to skip breakfast if you were having chocolate? Here are a few websites with recipes for biscuits and chocolate gravy:
One other item to try covered in chocolate is bacon! During the Year of the Pig at the Indiana State Fair, our in-house chef created The Chocolate Pig which was served at the Dairy Bar. On top of vanilla ice cream, there was chocolate sauce, bacon bits, and slivered almonds. It was delicious! The combination of sweet chocolate and ice cream with the salty bacon was really, really good. Might have to have one of those on Chocolate Covered Anything Day Eve!