Happy National Milk Chocolate and Almonds Day!

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Milk Chocolate and Almonds–the Perfect Partners!

On the 8th day of the month of July every year in the U.S., lovers of creamy milk chocolate and almonds have an excuse to indulge. This is because on this day is a food holiday known across the country as National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day.  According to the California Almond Board, almonds are the number one nut globally for chocolate confectionery products.  Since 2006, their use has increased 50%.  It is clear that the delicious combination of milk chocolate and almonds is here to stay.

History of National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day

The history of National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day is unknown.   Other food holidays are sometimes created by manufacturers, and it can be speculated that National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day may one of these (although it is hard to know for sure).

What is known for sure is that milk chocolate is attributed to Swiss chocolatier, Daniel Peter.  Daniel Peter developed the first formula for milk chocolate.  It is likely that somewhere around 1847, when Fry’s chocolate factory began commercially producing chocolate bars, that fruit and nuts were subsequently added to the solid bars to create new flavors.  Hershey’s  introduced their milk chocolate with almonds bar in 1908.

 

National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day Celebration

Although official celebrations for National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day may be few and far between, you may come across special deals on candy bars and other chocolate almond treats. Hey…make your own celebration!  But let’s be different!  Thanks to totalbeverage.net, here are some amazing dessert cocktails featuring Godiva Milk Chocolate liqueur and Amaretto almond liqueur.

Ingredients

3/4 ounce of vanilla vodka (e.g., Svedka, Stoli)

1/2 ounce of Amaretto almond liqueur (e.g., Disaronno)

1/2 ounce of Godiva Milk Chocolate liqueur

candied lemon slice for garnish (optional)

Directions

Chill a shot glass while you mix the drink.  Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.  Pour in the vanilla vodka, the Amaretto liqueur and the Godiva Milk Chocolate liqueur.  Shake vigorously to combine and chill.  Strain into your chilled shot glass.

Garnish with the candied lemon slice (optional).

Ingredients

1 cup of really good quality French vanilla ice cream

1/4 cup of half-and-half

2 ounces of sweet coconut milk

1-1/2 ounce of Amaretto almond liqueur

2 ounces of unflavored vodka

2 teaspoons of chocolate syrup

1 maraschino cherry (for garnish)

1 square of Hershey’s milk chocolate with almonds (for garnish)

Directions

Chill a martini glass while you mix the dessert cocktail. Combine the vanilla ice cream, half-and-half and coconut milk in a blender.  Cover and blend on high-speed for 45 seconds or until the mixture is smooth and creamy.  Add the Amaretto, vodka and chocolate syrup to the blender.  Pulse on low for 30 seconds or until the ingredients begin to swirl evenly.  Transfer the chocolate almond cocktail to your chilled martini glass.

Garnish with the maraschino cherry and chocolate square on the side of the glass.

Ingredients

1 ounce of Kahlua coffee liqueur

1 ounce of Amaretto almond liqueur

8 ounces of milk

2 tablespoons of chocolate syrup

Directions

Chill a tall Collins glass while you mix the cocktail.  Blend all ingredients in a blender until combined.  Fill your chilled Collins glass with ice.  Pour the blended drink over the ice in your glass.

MUDSLIDE

Ingredients

1 cup of crushed ice

1 cup of good quality chocolate ice cream

1 ounce of vodka

1 ounce of Amaretto almond liqueur

1 ounce of Godiva Milk Chocolate liqueur

1 ounce of Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur

maraschino cherries (for garnish)

squares of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate with Almonds (for garnish)

Directions

Chill a rocks glass (or two) while you mix the cocktail.  Combine the crushed ice and chocolate ice cream in a blender.  Cover and blend on high-speed for 30 seconds or until smooth and creamy.  Add the vodka, Amaretto, Godiva and Bailey’s.  Pulse on low-speed for 20-30 seconds until the drink is completely smooth and well combined.  Transfer the chocolate and almond mudslide to your chilled rocks glasses.

Garnish with the maraschino cherry and the chocolate square at the side of your glass.

Happy National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day!

photo courtesy of californiaalmondboard.com

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