NATIONAL MILK CHOCOLATE DAY

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

On average, we recognize three chocolate holidays a month. July celebrates chocolate as often as February, and on the 28th it is the ever popular National Milk Chocolate Day!

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Solid chocolate, when combined with either powdered, liquid or condensed milk, is known as milk chocolate.  The most popular of all candy bars sold contain milk chocolate.  Milk chocolate is also a popular ingredient in baking, specialty coffee drinks and hot chocolate.

 

From the mid-17th century, milk was sometimes added to chocolate beverages, but in 1875 Daniel Peter invented milk chocolate by mixing a powdered milk developed by Henri Nestlé with the liquor.  

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Five Facts about Chocolate:

• More than 50 percent of adults in the US prefer chocolate to any other flavor.

• Americans eat 2.8 billion pounds of candy annually. About half of it is chocolate.

• The word chocolate comes from “Xocolatl,” the Aztec word that means “bitter water.”

• Eating chocolate can help prevent tooth decay and works as an anti-bacterial agent.

• The Ivory Coast produces more cocoa than any country in the world which makes for 37 percent of it.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy your favorite milk chocolate.  Create a special treat with the recipe below.

 

Post on social media using #MilkChocolateDay and encourage others to join in.

 

HISTORY

Our research has found that National Milk Chocolate Day was started by the National Confectioners Association.

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How to Make a Chocolate Bar Cake!

Prep           Cook             Ready In

25 m               37 m                 1 h  10 m

INGREDIENTS

 3 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup white sugar
2 T. canola oil
2/3 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips

Directions

1. Beat together eggs and sugar until pale yellow and thick, about 5-7 minutes. The batter should leave ribbons in it when the beaters are removed.

2. Mix in oil.

3. Sift together flour and baking powder into egg mixture, and gently fold the mixture together.

4. Pour into greased baking pan, bake at 350 F for 20-25 minutes
(Optional: If you have leftover batter, make little sponge cake cupcakes! Bake in a muffin tin fitted with cupcake liners for 9-12 minutes at 350 F)

5. Let cake cool completely, and very gently remove from pan and place onto cooling rack

6. Trim edges and in-between "squares" of chocolate on top to accommodate space for the chocolate

7. Melt chocolate chips over a double boiler. Brush a generous layer of chocolate into cleaned pan, and gently lay in cake.

8. Pour remaining chocolate over top of cake. This layer does not need to be flush with the top of the pan, it only needs to completely cover the cake

9. Place in fridge to set for 20 minutes, and gently remove from pan. Enjoy!

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