Three kinds of chocolate
Image credit: By Simon A. Eugster [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], from Wikimedia Commons

This is it. The big day. The one you’ve been waiting for. It’s World Chocolate Day! If you’ve been putting off starting that all-chocolate diet, now’s the time. It has been many, many years since a day has gone by during which I had no chocolate at all (it was a dark time; let’s not speak of it), but I plan on supersizing my chocolate consumption today. Because it’s the right thing to do. And also because my fondness for chocolate is nearly boundless. (Needless to say, we will have many other opportunities to indulge, too: tomorrow is National Milk Chocolate with Almonds Day, National Hot Fudge Sundae Day and National Chocolate Milk Day occur later this month, and then there’s National Chocolate Day, International Chocolate Day, and National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day later in the year.)

A Wired article claims that this is the date, in 1550, when chocolate was introduced to Europe. True or not, we know that it was used as currency in the western hemisphere long before that. I’m glad that’s no longer the case, because I would eat every paycheck immediately.