Chocolate is incorporated into almost every holiday, even Canada Day! From chocolate ice cream to a sweet dessert at a BBQ celebration, chocolate is something that most of us love about the summer holidays.
However, some people stress about the amount of chocolate they eat over a long weekend. With swimsuit weather here, you may feel like you need to cut chocolate out completely, but that’s not the case at all! A little chocolate eaten in moderation won’t put your plans of getting fit in jeopardy. In fact, this Canada Day, you don’t need to worry about indulging in a chocolate treat at all because chocolate actually has some important health benefits.
Health Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate
Now, before you get too excited we should clarify that most of the health benefits associated with eating chocolate are exclusive to dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is loaded with important macronutrients such as fiber, iron, magnesium, and potassium.
Dark chocolate has also been recognized to potentially improve blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, protect your skin from the sun, improve brain function and provide an excellent source of antioxidants. And of course, don’t forget the greatest benefit – it tastes delicious!
Canada Day Chocolate Dessert Ideas
So, if you’re ready to enjoy some yummy chocolate treats this Canada Day then why not try these festive recipes?
This delicious Red Velvet Ice Box Cake with sweet cream cheese and shaved chocolate accents will leave your mouth watering. The best part? It turns out red and white to add a festive flare for Canada Day.
Nutty Canadian Candy Bark can’t be beaten. Using white chocolate and raspberry jam, you’ll get a vibrant red and white dessert for your Canada Day party that is beautiful and delicious. This treat is not very labour intensive or expensive, and it is perfect to enjoy as a dessert or a sweet snack this Canada Day.
Breakfast or dessert? We’ll let you decide! These festive waffle-sandwich-dessert treats could really use a bit of chocolate added to the recipe though, don’t you think? Yum!
Chocolate-Buttermilk Snack Cakes
As much as we love chocolate, even we can admit that sometimes it is best enjoyed in small doses – especially after a large celebratory meal. These chocolate-buttermilk snack cakes are the perfect size for an after dinner treat that won’t push you over the edge into a food coma.
There is nothing more enjoyable than a classic chocolate cake, especially one that is festively decorated. This is the perfect dessert for those who really love chocolate as it provides a rich taste through both the batter and icing.
New to baking and cooking with chocolate? Contact the team at Chocolate Tales for all of your chocolate needs this Canada Day. We offer chocolate classes, workshops, and parties to introduce you to new skills and ideas!