The 22nd of June is Chocolate Eclair Day.
To really celebrate today, you could have one at breakfast, one at lunch and one at dinner!
Do you prefer chocolate eclairs with milk chocolate or with dark chocolate on top? Or what about white chocolate?
Eclairs are a lot of work to make at home — first you have to know how to make choux pastry.
But you can typically buy them from an in-store bakery at a grocery store, or frozen. Though, this could be a good day to skip the chain grocery store and show some love to a local, independent bakery.
If you’re in a rush today, your local latte place may have one you can grab on the go with your coffee or tea.
Today, you may wish to different flavours. The cream fillings in eclairs aren’t all just vanilla anymore: you can get coffee, chocolate, pistachio, raspberry, mango, orange… the list goes on.
- look for bakeries offering special flavours or special offers;
- buy a box and take them into work to share;
- buy some and have a few friends over for mid-afternoon coffee, tea and eclairs;
- take a photo of one you are enjoying and share the photo on social media.
The earliest print mention of a ‘Chocolate Eclair Day’ in June that CooksInfo is aware of dates from 1997:
“I got this calendar off of the Internet, it’s 365 reasons to party. Not that I need a reason, but it is an interesting calendar. A couple days really caught my eye. For example, June 20th is National Ice Cream Soda Day, June 22 is National Chocolate Eclair Day…” — Pittman, Byron. Something Different. Eldon, Missouri: Eldon Advertiser. Thursday, 19 June 1997. Page B3, col. 4.
Gonzalez, Ana. Houstonians say these 11 places serve the best chocolate eclairs in the area. Houston, Texas: KPRC News. 24 June 2020. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.click2houston.com/food/2020/06/24/houstonians-say-these-11-places-serve-the-best-chocolate-eclairs-in-the-area/
Sarten, Trey. Le Méridien Reinvents the Éclair in Partnership with Acclaimed Pastry Chef and Newest LM100™ Member Johnny Iuzzini. Business Wire. 16 June 2014. Accessed May 2021 at
Warwaruk, Jody. Here’s a holiday to make you feel all sweet and gooey. Edmonton, Alberta: The Edmonton Journal. Wednesday, 30 August 2000. Page G2, col. 6.
Voxland, Ashely. Daily Holiday – National chocolate eclair day. News 8000. Accessed May 2021 at https://www.news8000.com/daily-holiday-national-chocolate-eclair-day/