Today is the day when people all over the world celebrate some of their favorite chocolate treats.   Interestingly, it’s not the only "candy holiday," but it's one of the few that has gained international popularity.

Sure chocolate can be found in cookies and candy, but did you know that there are many varieties of smoothies, yogurts and even carbonated beverages that have a cocoa kick that could make a delicious, occasional treat?  And many are made by ABA member companies!  For example, Brand Source, Inc. makes hot chocolates and gourmet lattes.  The Coca-Cola Company makes several chocolate Odwalla protein drinks, as well as Godiva Belgian Blends.  Dr Pepper Snapple Group makes Yoo-Hoo, and Egg Cream America, Inc., of New York makes chocolate egg creams for your enjoyment.  PepsiCo distributes Starbucks Mocha and Mocha Lite ready-to-drink Frappuccinos, and the Tru-Ade Company makes Tru-Ade Chocolate.  Check out our "Who Makes What" page for more!

And don’t forget, all of these beverages can be part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle – just be sure to balance the calories you take in by getting out and getting active.  Happy International Chocolate Day!