According to the National Confectioners Associations (NCA), there are approximately 16 different chocolate days per year, but October 28 is the most universally celebrated. Not surprisingly, surveys show milk chocolate is the most favorite among men and women, followed by dark and then white. Studies also show that chocolate is good for our health. The antioxidants present in this sweet treat have been known to help in high stress situations and the polyphenols can increase HDL cholesterol, the good kind.
Additionally, chocolate is a wonderful pairing with many wines:
Dark Chocolate Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, Port, or Sherry
Milk Chocolate Light-bodied Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, medium to dry sparkling wines, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Port, or Madeira
White Chocolate Sherry, Moscato d’Asti, Lambrusco or Pinot Noir
And with Halloween just around the corner, amazingly, wine pairs well with your favorite chocolate goodies:
Kit Kat Pinot Noir
Butterfinger Sauvignon Blanc or Lambrusco
Peanut Butter Cups Chardonnay
So grab your favorite chocolate and pair it with a bottle of wine – or vice versa – and have a very Happy National Chocolate Day!