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FEBRUARY 25, 2014 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUT DAY – NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY – SPAY DAY USA

25 Feb

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUT DAY

National Chocolate Covered Nut Day is celebrated, each year, on February 25th.  A day for the delicious crunchy nut to be enjoyed  once it has been covered in chocolate.  The possibilities are endless as there are so many different types of nuts as well as different types of chocolate.

For thousands of years, nuts have been a staple of the human diet.  The walnut was a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans while the pecans were  a favorite of the Native Americans.

** Both chocolate and nuts can be good for you **     

Dark chocolate seems to posses substantial amount of antioxidants while the nuts contain the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acids, and the fats in nuts for the most part are unsaturated fats, including monounsaturated fats.  Nuts also provide arginine, a substance that may help make the walls of the arteries more flexible and less prone to blockage from blood clot formation.  Many nuts are good sources of vitamins E and B2, and are rich in protein, folate, fiber, and essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and selenium

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** The original chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers which were first sold in 1925.  The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut. **

One of the more well known chocolate covered nut is the M & M.     These chocolate covered peanuts or chocolate covered almonds have become a favorite of many.   The peanut M & M was introduced in 1954.  They were tan until 1960 when the colors red, yellow and green were introduced.

Whether it be unsweetened chocolate, sweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, white chocolate or dark chocolate mixed with peanuts, cashews, almonds, macadamias, pecans, or any other nut, enjoy your favorite combination today!!

HAVE A GREAT NUTTY DAY!

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED NUT DAY

National Chocolate Covered Nut Day, sometimes also called National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day is an “unofficial” national holiday. Our research has failed to find the creator or the origin of this holiday.

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NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY

Each year on February 25th, people across the nation have a bowl and spoon ready to be filled with clam chowder as they prepare to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day.

Clam chowder is any of several chowders containing clams and broth.  In the chowder, along with the clams it is common to find diced potatoes,  onions (often sauteed in pork or bacon drippings) and celery.

Following is a list of the primary clam chowder variants:

  • New England clam chowder
  • Manhattan clam chowder
  • Rhode Island clam chowder
  • Delaware clam chowder
  • New Jersey clam chowder
  • Hatteras clam chowder
  • Minorcan clam chowder
  • Long Island clam chowder

To celebrate National Clam Chowder Day, enjoy one of the following “tried and true” clam chowder recipes:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/my-best-clam-chowder/

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/manhattan-clam-chowder-recipe.html

http://www.recipesource.com/soups/soups/01/rec0124.html

http://pureflorida.blogspot.com/2005/08/st-augustine-minorcan-style-clam.html

NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY HISTORY

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

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SPAY DAY USA

The last Tuesday in February is the annual observance of Spay Day USA.  This day was created by the Doris Day Animal League in 1994 as a day to bring attention to the pet overpopulation problem in the United States and also to encourage animal population control by neutering pets.

Spay Day USA has helped in decreasing the population of street dogs and cats throughout the United States which is helpful as it decreases the number of unwanted animals.

In celebration of the 20th anniversary, in 2014, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of animals of Central Florida announced to provide Zeuterin injections to 100 male dogs free of cost.  (Zeuterin is a compound manufactured by Ark Sciences to provide a painless and non-surgical castration to sterilize male dogs.)

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RESOURCES:

http://nationaldaycalendar.com/?s=february+25&submit=Search

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spay_Day_USA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clam_chowder

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