Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day

Today we have a wildly specific national day to celebrate. Bittersweet chocolate is chocolate that’s less sweet than semisweet chocolate. It supposedly has health benefits when consumed in “small quantities,” which, much like wine, means just enough to fill a lab rat and not enough to satisfy a human.

This was my least favorite thing to doodlewash to date and reminded me of an art class assignment I had once. The instructor set up a horribly dull and boring still life of various blocks and told us that we could only use shades of brown. Though an intriguing exercise on the surface, the resulting “masterpieces” looked like someone had defecated on 20 canvases. We ended up dubbing this strangely appalling exercise “The Symphony of Sh*t.”

As for chocolate, I’m more of a dark chocolate fan myself as it pairs well with a glass of wine. When we met, he wanted to get some Reese’s peanut butter cups because they aren’t sold in France. We bought a bag of miniatures and nearly made ourselves sick consuming them all. Not a particularly great thing to do on your first date. We haven’t touched them since.

Another type of chocolate fairly unique to the States are Hershey’s Kisses. These seem harmless enough, but Philippe wouldn’t touch them. He says he tried them once when someone smuggled them into his laboratory in Paris. I asked him what the problem was and he said it was horrible and didn’t taste like real chocolate. One of his French colleagues described the experience by saying, “it was like biting into a fart.”

Every so often when we’re out shopping, Philippe will suddenly get a craving for chocolate. He looks for the highest percentage of cocoa he can find. This is a little much for me. I tried a bite of his over 90% cocoa bar he was so proud to discover and it was a little too strong for my American tastes. Not only did it immediately shatter like glass upon biting into it, it was difficult to swallow down. But I guess that’s why one should always have a glass of wine nearby.

The specificity of this day makes it rather hard to celebrate as dark chocolate is not the same as bittersweet chocolate. It must be bittersweet and must include almonds in order to join in the fun. If you happen to enjoy precisely this and only this recipe, then this is your day. Congratulations! If not, then treat yourself to the chocolate of your choosing, with or without nuts, and enjoy. On a weird chocolate day like this one, I’m sure it’s okay to fudge a little.

Posted by:Charlie O'Shields (doodlewash)

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world!

54 replies on “National Bittersweet Chocolate With Almonds Day

  1. I think your doodlewash looks great….nothing like poo poo 😉 I am definitely a dark chocolate fan too. I think we’ve all raided the cabinets as kids to find the box of giant chocolate squares we all thought was a coveted treasure…to realize it was the most disgusting chocolate ever made….could be worse could be Baker’s Chocolate Day LOL

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  2. LOL! Trader Joe’s makes an amazing Bittersweet chocolate bar with almonds. You might recall a few weeks back hubby received a big bar as a gift and I chopped it up into cookies! 🙂 Your doodlewash is awesome as always buddy! I like looking at it more than you liked drawing it – and eating it! and I’m not fudging! 🙂

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    1. I don’t write the news, I just report it! That’s what he said, but I could never quite figure out exactly what the heck it meant. Of course it’s not something I’ve ever done or would know how to do, so that’s likely why. Glad you liked the doodlewash! 😉


  3. That is the most specific day ever! I think your doodlewash is beautiful and makes the bittersweet chocolate with almonds look better than it does.🙂 I just had some Equal Exchange Dark (55%) Chocolate myself. So, why is bittersweet chocolate not dark chocolate?

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  4. What a fantastically ‘out there’ day to dream up! You should totally coin a Doodlewash Day and see if it floats.😉 As per usual, this is good enough to eat, and it’s making me want want want.

    I’ve heard unanimously bad things about Hershey’s, though I’ve never sampled it myself; after that description, which tallies with those criticisms in a rather more… pungent… way, I’m not sure I’d like to…!

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  5. What?! No painting of a 3 layer cake with bittersweet chocolate frosting?! 🎂 hehe! Just teasing you, Charlie! Your Doodlewash looks DELISH! I prefer the dark chocolate with almonds too! ❤️🎨😄

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      1. Awww..I’m doing fine my sweet friend!! ❤️😃Just a bit tired today. Do I seem different? 😊… I think I did get frustrated while painting today and Philippe was painting next to me and did as well. We had double artist meltdown here…then we just had some wine and moved on! Lol But so sorry you’ve had a rough day… feel free to email me anytime as well friend! 👍🏻😃

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  6. Wonderful funny post – loved the stories. And the “Symphony of Sh*t” – wow. It’s great to celebrate the things that *don’t* work, too…they are also part of learning, even if it’s just to learn better what’s not worth doing. Thanks for making me laugh.🙂

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      1. Haha! That’s awesome. Yay for proud moms. Mine put up with a huge painting of an eyeball in her living room for years. Specifically, a Hairy Eyeball, complete with twisted copper “hairs” poking through the canvas. She never said a word, but I think she was relieved when I finally gave it to a friend.

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      2. I don’t think I have any photos anywhere! That was back in the stone age when we had to use real film and buy it with real money. We took photos a lot more sparingly. But whatever you’re seeing in your imagination is probably much better!🙂

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  7. I don’t care what sort of chocolate it is, but I do like dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa) with hazelnuts, my all-time fave. Yum. Whereas I prefer almonds as Scorched Almonds, being dark-ish chocolate covering whole almonds. Yum, again. I’ve had Hershey’s Kisses here, would you believe, and I quite liked them, ‘tho it’s been a while since then and things may have gone downhill. I think you did a great job, Charlie, with doodling the chocolate and nuts! In fact, your post has made me hungry, so I’ve just ordered some take-away (or as you call it, take-out) — chicken schnitzel with fries, fresh lemon and salad, and chocolate mousse for dessert…a great Sunday late lunch!~ *thumbs up

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  8. Fab painting and this ones definitely not a symphony of s**t 😊 I remember my first visit to the States and couldn’t wait to try out all the different candy bars that I’d heard about. I can concur that too many Reece’s make you feel sick and I’m with Philippe on Herseys 😄

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  9. Wonderful, the story and your brown picture! 😉 No, really, I think you did a great job, especially the almonds are pretty!!! And now I go to get me some mint chocolate (it´s the only chocolate in the house today…)!

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