The 19th of February is Chocolate Mint Day.
The combination is also known as mint chocolate.
Some people say the term “mint chocolate” can only apply to chocolate that has been flavoured with mint flavouring, though they do allow that the chocolate can be milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or white chocolate. Others say not to let such spoil sports ruin the day for you, because, they believe, the term can equally apply to the two flavours in separate elements used together, such as chocolate cake and mint frosting.
To celebrate today, you could:
- have mint chocolate chip ice cream;
- have mint chocolate brownies;
- have mint chocolate candy;
- have Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies;
- have chocolate pudding or chocolate ice cream with crème de menthe liqueur drizzled on it;
- stir a bit of crème de menthe into a hot chocolate;
- bake with it, crumbling and mixing the chocolate or candies into brownies, cake or muffins;
- make mint frosting to put on a cake;
- have a mint candy such as a peppermint patty coated in chocolate.
Around this time of year, McDonald’s starts serving a Shamrock Shake for St Patrick’s Day. Reputedly, customers can ask for a chocolate version, Chocolate Shamrock Shake, off the “secret menu”, if it is not officially offered in their area. ”Even though it was not officially on the menu, the Chocolate Shamrock Shake could be found on the secret menu. Only some customers knew about the tasty addition and had to specially request the version.” — Cooper, Amy. Celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day with a Shamrock Shake. Country 1025 Radio Boston. 19 February 2017. Accessed February 2021 at https://country1025.com/2017/02/celebrate-national-chocolate-mint-day-shamrock-shake-2/
There is also a variety of mint (as in the actual herb) called “chocolate mint” (which of course tastes entirely like mint and nothing like chocolate at all.)
Campbell, Cathie. Chocolate Mint Day. Madera, California: Madera Tribune. 3 February 2017. Accessed February 2021 at http://www.maderatribune.com/single-post/2017/02/03/Chocolate-Mint-Day
Vizcaino-Lico, Kendra. Above And Beyond The After-Dinner Mint On This National Chocolate Mint Day. Epicurious Blog. 19 February 2014. Accessed February 2021 at https://www.epicurious.com/archive/blogs/editor/2014/02/chocolate-mint-day.html
WXFD Radio Michigan. National Chocolate Mint Day Means Luke Gets Ice Cream! 19 February 2014. Accessed February 2021 at http://wfxd.com/featured/lounge/the-country-scoop/27946/national-chocolate-mint-day-means-luke-gets-ice-cream/
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