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According to the NCA (National Confectioners Association: Making Life Sweeter Since 1884!), July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day.

Turns out there is a whole slew of chocolate-related holidays, from the straight-forward National Chocolate Day (Oct. 28) to the increasingly niche-focused (National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day, Jan. 3 & National Nutty Fudge Day, May 12). In fact, there is at least one “officially-designated” chocolate holiday every month (such as November’s lone choco-day: 11/7’s National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day).

I use quote marks because I cannot find any details on how these days came to be so designated. No history, such as how long they’ve been celebrated or who started the ball rolling. And searching the web turns up multiple dates for some of these holidays (National Chocolate Day can also be celebrated Dec. 28 & 29 — the more the merrier!) and more chocolate-related holidays (National Chocolate Pudding Day is June 26, and May is National Chocolate Custard Month).

I couldn’t find an authoritative declaration of a National Dark Chocolate Day, the one I would really like to recognize. Some claim Feb. 1, which is OK by me since it means I have some time to plan the proper way to celebrate what could become my favorite holiday.

Plus celebrating chocolate in February seems a lot smarter than July. Maybe they should rename July 28’s holiday “National Melted Chocolate Day?”

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Published July 26, 2012