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JANUARY 10, 2014 – NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY – NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY – SAVE THE EAGLES DAY

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NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY

Chocolate lovers around the country, it is time once again to celebrate as January 10 is annually recognized as National Bittersweet Chocolate Day.
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(National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day will be celebrated on November 7.)

Where does chocolate come from:

Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree.  Cacao, which has been cultivated for at least three millennia, is grown in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America.  The earliest known documentation of use, of cacao seeds, is around 1100 BC.  The cacao tree seed have a very intense bitter taste that must be fermented to develop the flavor.

Once the seeds have been fermented, the beans are then dried, cleaned and roasted.  After roasting, the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs.  The cacao nibs are then ground into cocoa mass which is pure chocolate in rough form.   The cocoa mass is usually liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor.  The chocolate liquor may then be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter.

Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate liquor to which sugar, cocoa butter and vanilla have been added.  It does have less sugar and more liquor than semisweet chocolate however, the two of them may be interchangeable when baking.

Studies have revealed that there are certain health benefits from eating bittersweet chocolate in moderation, such as lowering blood pressure and helping to protect the  heart.

To celebrate National Bittersweet Chocolate Day, try one of the following “tried and true” recipes:

http://homecooking.about.com/od/dessertrecipes/r/blcookie81.htm

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Bittersweet-Chocolate-Waffles-With-Chocolate-Chip-Ice-Cream-Epicurious

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Bittersweet-Chocolate-and-Stout-Beer-Ice-Cream-AllRecipes?columns=4&position=6%2F80

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Bittersweet-chocolate-and-cashew-cookie-brittle-368747?columns=4&position=9%2F80

NATIONAL BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATE DAY HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Bittersweet Chocolate Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.

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NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY

Scheduling an appointment to get your heating system tuned up, would be one of the many ways to celebrate on January 10 for National Cut Your Energy Costs Day.  Did you know that tuning up your heating system can save you up to three to ten percent.

National Cut Your Energy Costs Day encourages people to look for ways to reduce energy costs, and save on their energy bills.

It is often in the little things that you do that can save you big money on your energy bill, such as:

  • Weatherproof your home
  • Replace old windows with new energy-efficient windows
  • Replace old furnace with new energy-efficient furnace
  • Properly maintain furnace
  • Use solar heat if possible
  • Turn down thermostats
  • Turning off lights when leaving a room
  • Use energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs
  • Run dishwasher and washing machine only when fully loaded
  • Lower water heater temperature
  • Take shorter showers
  • Unplug unused appliances
  • Carpool whenever possible

The above listed are just a few of the many ways to conserve energy.   Using these tips,along with the others ones you may already have in practice, as well as all new energy saving tips that you can find online, you will be able to move forward better each day saving money for you home and family.

HAPPY NATIONAL CUT YOUR ENERGY COSTS DAY

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SAVE THE EAGLES DAY

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Other special days celebrated around the world on January 10, 2014:

Houseplant Appreciation Day

Peculiar People Day

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RESOURCES:

http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/National_Symbols/American_Hollidays.html

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/page/2/?s=chocolate&submit=Search

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