Sweetest Day is the third Saturday of October and while it is primarily celebrated in the North Midwest and East of the USA, your Chocolate Priestess thinks that shouldn't stop you tomorrow from telling someone you care about them. Sisters and Brothers, you don't need to make this a big spending spree to tell someone you care but here's a little history on the holiday and my suggestion for what you might do to celebrate.
Retail Confections, according to this Wikipedia article (for what ever value you give that) are trying to promote this as a day to treat the man you love. We can see this romantic bent to the holiday on this web article but both articles give more historical information as well. Again historical facts tell of a very strong confectioner connection with either the holiday started by a candy company employee in 1921 or by 12 Cleveland candy makers in 1922. This first publicized Sweetness Day was aided by candy handouts from two well known actress but they didn't give out sweets to their boyfriends. No, instead Ann Pennington, former Ziegfeld star turned movie actor, gave out treats to newspaper boys and Theda Bara, stage turned movie star, visited Cleveland hospitals.
Today though the holiday is spreading as people leave the Great Lakes and Northeast for other regions of the USA. While I'm sure you'll see this holiday promoted as a time to give out candy, I have another suggestion, Sisters and Brothers.
Sit down tomorrow with someone you care about and share a glass or cup of low fat or fat free chocolate milk. You'll get the sweetness and the cocoa plus you'll get all the healthy proteins, vitamins, and minerals of milk. You can pick any type of milk but below I'm going to reveal the brand I'll use tomorrow to say "I care about you" to someone I appreciate.
A while back, Sisters and Brothers, I did a product review of Dean’s “Over the Moon” fat free chocolate milk. The folks from Dean’s contacted me and sent me a few coupons for free half gallons of the product so I’m revealing it to you now as a "Sacrament". I’m going to look at it two ways. First as is, straight from the carton to my body. Second I’m going to heat some and see how it works as a hot drink.
If that sounds like a good healthy want to tell someone you think they are sweet on Sweetness Day, check your local stores for Dean's "Over the Moon" chocolate milk. Or check here to find stores and offers nearest you.
In other news, we have our first entrant into the 2009 Halloween Challenge in the category of "Best Baked Halloween Treat 2009" -- this is The Cookie Sandwich Company who has sent 5 varieties of their cookies, 3 of these chocolate. You will see a "Special Sacrament" with them next week so you have time to order if you like what you read.
Sisters and Brothers, may you too take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.