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National Chocolate Mint Day (February 19)

Check out the weird holiday National Chocolate Mint Day on February 19. Learn the history of chocolate mint and get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on February 19 is National Chocolate Mint Day. Check out the other weird February holidays!

History of National Chocolate Mint Day

Chocolate and mint paired together is one of the best flavor combinations out there. The National Confectioners Association is the organization who declared this weird holiday to be today, February 19.

Interestingly enough, there’s actually an herb called mint chocolate. It’s called that because the leaves taste that way!

The history of chocolate is interesting, dating back to the ancient Aztecs and Mayans. The bean itself is quite bitter, so Europeans began to mix other spices into it to improve the taste, including mint and sugar.

Mint was also originally drunk has a hot, bitter drink for medicinal purposes, only by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Combining both mint and chocolate was the perfect blend of two healthful prescriptions.

Chocolate treats were then mass produced in the mid 1800s, with mint chocolates (or chcoolate mints) becoming popular in the early 1900s. Huyler’s, in New York, was one of the first to do so.

The York Peppermint Patty was invented in the 1940s by Henry Kessler. He opened up the York Cone Company in the 1920s, when it made ice cream cones. Today it is owned by Hershey.

Thin Mints, the popular Girl Scout cookie, began to be sold in 1953. It is still their most popular cookie.

Mint chocolate chip ice cream was created in 1973 by a culinary student named Marilyn Ricketts when she was attending South Devon College in England.

Ideas for National Chocolate Mint Day

You can grab some chocolate mint treats on Amazon, or you can make any of these delicious recipes!

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