celebrating National Chocolate Day

If you’re drawn to the purity and creativity found in artisanal handcrafted chocolate you are no doubt celebrating today. Indeed, chocolate is truly the universal language of love and happiness and no matter where in the world you live or what you call it … chocolate (in the English and Spanish speaking countries), chocolat (French), cioccolato, (Italian), shokolad (in Slavic countries and Hebrew), Schokolade (in German) and numerous other global variations … we celebrate the wonders of chocolate on October 28th.

celebrating chocolate around the world

It’s no surprise that there are many days devoted to the celebration of chocolate throughout the year. July 7th is one of them, as we celebrate chocolate of the world in unison. Some sources may refer to July 7th as National Chocolate Day or simply as Chocolate Day, but two major sources (Wikipedia and the National Day Calendar) both agree that #WorldChocolateDay is the most commonly used term for this global day of chocolate appreciation. The National Day Calendar designates October 28th as #National Chocolate Day, which typically relates to the American market. And September 13th is designated as “International Chocolate Day.” So there are many days devoted to chocolate appreciation around the world.

Xocodiva Artisan Chocolates makes a lovely selection of fresh chocolates in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Read more about them in this post.

craft chocolate is truly something worth celebrating each and every day

As someone who has researched and celebrated the world of artisan chocolate and cacao since 2009 through 20 countries (and counting!) I can assure you that every country celebrates chocolate (or cocoa/cacao) in its own way. But that chocolate is indeed a universal vessel of celebration in pretty much every country of the world.

Grenada is one of the best places in the world to celebrate chocolate and cacao. Especially during the Grenada Chocolate Festival! Come meet Edmond of the Grenada Chocolate Company. What a great smile!

I love the way the entire country of Grenada comes together every spring to celebrate is cacao, chocolate, and cocoa culture via its incredible chocolate festival. We visited cacao farms, learned the dance of the cacao, learned how the cocoa is harvested and processes, indulged in excellent cocoa cuisine, explored the chocolate museum in St. George’s, and were even invited to an incredible art show featuring the world of chocolate and cacao. Grenada is a beautiful and welcoming country with an intense pride in its heritage, chocolate and cacao. Visiting the Grenada Chocolate Festival should be on the bucket list of every chocolate lover.

Roger Hale and his wife Zoila give chocolate tours in Belize at Lamanai Chocolate that show you how their chocolate is handcrafted in the Maya tradition.

Each country I have visited in my chocolate research celebrates chocolate and cacao in its own way. I love the way Belize has embraced the Mayan connection to cacao and that there are several companies making terrific chocolate in the Mayan tradition. You’ll find more about them here, where I introduce you to the hand-rolled truffles we ate right at the source where the beans where roasted and hand-ground. You have to travel to the jungle to taste chocolate like this as it cannot travel to you.

travel the world to truly experience chocolate and cacao


Indeed, chocolate travel enables us to go to the source and see where the cacao is growing, how it is processed, and meet the people engaged in it. Please check out this post for more on how you can explore the world via chocolate.

chocolate smiles
Paola of The Candy Bar
in Toronto has one of the best smiles in the world of chocolate. Is it because she is always surrounded by a variety of the best chocolate of the world? Or does working with chocolate attract happy people?

I hope you celebrate National Chocolate Day by enjoying some truly memorable chocolate–wherever you are. We may not yet be completely free to travel due to the lingering effects and morphing dangers of the COVID19 pandemic. But hopefully, you will help support the chocolate industry by dropping into a great local chocolate shop where you live, or by ordering some fabulous chocolate directly from a chocolate maker, or via one of the growing number of chocolate subscription clubs that are popping up around the world.

Coconama is a unique Vancouver-based chocolate shop that is well worth visiting, or you can order from them online. Do celebrate National Chocolate Day no matter where you are and help support the makers of delicious handcrafted chocolate from any of these creative chocolate makers. Check out the array of Winnipeg-based chocolatiers in my hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. And if you are feeling generous, please donate to the hurricane relief fund for cocoa farmers of the Dominican Republic by clicking on this link.

Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I researched and wrote Volume I of Chocolatour that won a Readers' favourite Award in 2014. Always enjoy experiencing new destinations and flavours.

61 Responses

  1. Janet May-Hewson says:

    Happy Chocolate Day!

  2. Bev Phillips says:

    What a treat seeing Chocolatour in my inbox today! It’s good to be reminded of the joys of international chocolate tourism again. Thanks for spreading some joy, Doreen.

    • Thx so much, Bev. I really have slipped in the amount of new content I’m putting out as life has taken me in another direction. But I’m trying to keep up as best I can. I hope you and Howard are doing well. Any chance you’re coming out this way this summer?

  3. Esther says:

    Doreen, you have converted me to eating great chocolate almost every day. Lots of it to be had here in Vancouver, BC.

  4. Frances Petrowski says:

    Wow! Reading this makes we want to travel to these places AND eat chocolate! You have spoiled me for chocolate. I agree with you – the fewer ingredients the better it tastes! I will celebrate World Chocolate Day by ordering some today. Thanks for sharing about your informative chocolate travels❤️

    • Thanks so much, Frances. It has been great watching you progress in your chocolate discoveries. Once you eat the good stuff it’s really hard (almost impossible!) to eat the overly sweet candy-like crap mascarading as chocolate any longer.

  5. Kim says:

    Doreen sure does know her chocolate and I am lucky enough to be married to her and I also love chocolate.

  6. Thanks for the reminder but chocolate seems to be part of my daily diet:-)
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  7. Jay Remer says:

    Another wonderfully interesting glimpse into the world of chocolate. Such a treat touring the world with someone who loves to travel and loves chocolate!

  8. Bev P says:

    Happy World Chocolate Day, Doreen! As many others have already said, we can keep celebrating World Chocolate Day every day of the year. That would make life a little bit better, I think. Thanks for your years of educating us about chocolate!

    • Thx so much for your comment, Bev, and kind words. I love educating people about chocolate. I did a chocolate educational on Zoom today with a group of American seniors and was thrilled with the interest level. They had a lot of great Q’s to keep me on my toes. ❤️

  9. Donna says:

    Happy World Chocolate Day!
    Good info….thanks for sharing all things chocolate and cacao.

  10. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel to some of these places today! Happy World Chocolate Day. I’ll have to go in search of some local chocolate today, but none will be as exotic as any that you’ve discovered.

    • Hi Judy and thx so much for stopping by. I hope you’ve fared OK during the pandemic. Check your local drug/grocery store for chocolate. You’d be surprised at the variety some of them carry. Or treat yourself to mail order delivery from a great Canadian chocolate maker like Hummingbird Chocolate. Your taste buds will thank you for it. 🙂

  11. I’ve been thinking of you, Doreen, wondering how you are enduring the current nix on travel. It must be difficult for you. But World Chocolate Day is just what we need to wipe away all the ills that have plagued our poor planet in the last six months. Thanks for the uplift.

    • Hi Linda and thx so much for your kind words. My world did indeed come to a screeching halt with the pandemic. No more travel and no more chocolate events that I have planned to host, participate in, or just attend. You likely noticed how silent my blog has been. My spirit just hasn’t been in it. But I could never let a World Chocolate Day go by without spreading some chocolate love across the waves. I hope you find some to enjoy. 🙂

  12. The wonderful thing about World Chocolate Day is that you can celebrate it just about anywhere in the world. I eat dark chocolate every single day. My favorite place to eat it was in Bora Bora — I have a photo holding a piece of chocolate out near my overwater bungalow! Doesn’t get any better than that!

  13. Ben says:

    We should celebrate chocolate every day and not just on World Chocolate Day. If I could celebrate, it would be with delicious white chocolate, which I find to be so delightful!

    • Thx for stopping by, Ben. I agree! Chocolate is definitely worthy of daily celebrations. But what I enjoy most is traveling to the source & seeing where the cocoa is grown and the chocolate is made.

  14. You are the best person to celebrate World Chocolate Day. I celebrated by eating a good piece of dark chocolate. I would love to go on your Costa Rica trip. Can’t commit just yet. Will have to see how my health fairs this fall.

    • Hi Judy and thanks for your comment. I’m sorry you’ve been dealing with health issues. I truly hope they work out for the best. If you reconsider about the Chocolatour to Costa Rica, please let me know by the end of this month. We may cancel if we don’t get the full roster of reservations by then. Cheers and all the best to you. 🙂

  15. Lori says:

    Shouldn’t everyday be World Chocolate Day? It is at our house. Now on to Grenada!

  16. How could I miss World Chocolate Day?! But now I know I need to follow up on chocolate activities when I get to Grenada, Belize, or Costa Rica! Sounds fun.

    • Hi Cindy and thanks for your comment. there are usually worthy chocolate events and attractions in just about every destination. But the ones I’ve cited are some of the best.

  17. I read this too late to celebrate World Chocolate Day, but as I think back I did, indeed, savour some chocolate that day. In a perfect world, every day would be Chocolate Day.

  18. Another tantalizing post from my favorite chocolate queen. I’ve read about Grenada’s Chocolate Festival (and included it in a travel roundup)–it must have been a thrill to be there. I love the Costa Rica poster, too!

    • Thanks for your sweet comment, Pamela. Yes, the Grenada Chocolate Fest is incredible. I hope to return there soon. Maybe next year. And, yes. I love the #chocolateart in the poster included in the post. The world of cacao is so sensual. It lends itself well to artistic interpretation.

  19. That’s why I was craving a yummy bite of dark chocolate on Sunday! I was channelling your post! As always, I love reading your chocolate stories and learning, learning, learning. I had no idea Grenada was a place to visit! I hope your trip is filling up!

  20. I am afraid the day slipped past here – as did the Fourth of July – with little fanfare, however, I am a firm believer in every day being a day to celebrate chocolate!! Good post, Doreen!!

  21. I love the idea of chocolate bringing people together. Happy World Chocolate Day!

  22. Thanks for giving me another reason to celebrate with chocolates on Sept. 13th International Chocolate Day. We missed July 7’s World Chocolate Day.

  23. Evelyne says:

    Happy World Chocolate Day, which in my book I toast to almost every day with a chocolate bite lol. I love how you travel around your passion. Grenada here I come.
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    • Indeed, Evelyne. Grenada is a superb place for chocolate travel when the Chocolate Fest is on. But if you want to getaway from the Montreal winter in January, join me in Costa Rica for the custom Chocolatour. I think you would love it. The direct link is at the end of this post. 🙂

  24. Beverly says:

    Thanks for your information about chocolate. Your post was very informative.

  25. Phoenicia says:

    How on earth did I miss World Chocolate Day? Doreen – you clearly forgot to send me the memo!

    Chocolate is very much a part of my life. In fact yesterday I ate a few after dinner mints (as one does) and a slice of Chocolate cheesecake from Marks & Spencer. I savored every mouthful!

    • It’s wonderful to have devoted chocolate lovers like you among my readers, Phoenicia. Stay tuned! The next big chocolate day of the year is International Chocolate Day on Sept 13th. Consider this your advance notice. 🙂

  26. Krystee says:

    I had no idea today was World Chocolate Day, but I can’t think of a better reason to celebrate! Thanks for taking us around the world in chocolate!

    • Hi Krystee and thanks for visiting Chocolatour. Yes, there are many days of the year devoted to celebrating chocolate. This is one of my favourites, as it gives us a chance to truly explore the world of chocolate and all that is has to offer.

  27. Bruce Smith says:

    I always enjoy your posts and I know that you have given me a much greater knowledge of chocolate. I haven’t been able to do much chocolate travel but after today’s post I have decided to at least go out and find some special chocolate this afternoon to celebrate World Chocolate Day.
    Thanks for your posts.

    • Yay, Bruce! Thanks for joining the discussion, and thanks very much for the words of support. they mean much to me. 🙂 I hope you find some great chocolate to enjoy today with your beautiful wife. 🙂

  28. Janet says:

    It’s wonderful to have a special day just for Chocolate. Happy World Chocolate Day!
    Chocolate has been embedded into celebrations all around the globe throughout the world. It deserves it’s own day!

  29. Linda Strange says:

    World Chocolate Day . I get a vision of our globe with lovely dark chocolate poured all over it! Mmmmmm! Enjoy,!

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Happy chocolate day to all those who partake. May your informational journeys on chocolate continue, reading about your quest and your passion for chocolate stay a rewarding part of our lives. Doreen Thanks for your insights, cheers Elizabeth

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Elizabeth. It was visiting you in Ecuador, and learning about your passion for cacao that helped me develop my own passion. May our friendship and alliance always continue. 🙂

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