You Can't Call Yourself an Extreme Chocoholic Without Knowing These Facts

Did you know there was a national chocolate day? No? Wondering what else you don't know? Check it out

I've always considered myself a chocolate authority amongst my friends, but even I didn't know about national chocolate week -- yes, week. Or chocolate mint day. Or... well, you'll be amazed at the bizarre "official" dates you can find that have to do with everyone's favorite snack.

Here's a brief rundown of the chocolate days you can celebrate in the good ol' US of A:

Jan. 3rd: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
Feb. 19th: Chocolate Mint Day (in case you needed a day to celebrate chocolate just five short days after Valentine's)
3rd week of March: National Chocolate Week
April 21st: National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day
May 12th: National Nutty Fudge Day
May 15th: National Chocolate Chip Day
June 16th: Fudge Day (in fact, all of June is considered the official "candy month")
July 7th: Chocolate Day
July 28th: National Milk Chocolate Day
August 10th: S'mores Day
Sept. 13th: International Chocolate Day -- that's right, a worldwide celebration
Sept. 22nd: National White Chocolate Day
Oct. 28th: National Chocolate Day (How is this different from chocolate day on July 7th? Beats me! Celebrate them both anyway, though).
Nov. 7th: National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day (yes, you read that right).
Dec. 16th: National Chocolate Covered Anything Day
Dec. 28th: National Chocolate Day (again)
Dec. 29th: National Chocolate Day (again)

As you can see, these days open up a whole host of chocolate mysteries, not the least of which are:

-Why chocolate covered cashew day? What's wrong with peanuts, or pistachios?
-How and why did we end up with a national bittersweet chocolate with almonds day?
-How did nutty fudge get its own day distinct from the rest of its fudge family?
-Why aren't the schools closed for international chocolate day?
-Why don't we have parades and mandatory chocolate binges during chocolate week?

Well, you get the idea. But even if the rest of the country doesn't get quite as excited as we might about national chocolate mint day, that's no reason not to celebrate with all your heart. Bake chocolate chip cookies for national chocolate chip day, or cover candy canes with chocolate for chocolate covered anything day (my personal favorite). Let's have all the chocolate lovers unite to bring these holidays to the world!