National Chocolate Day: 32 of our best chocolate recipes to celebrate

National Chocolate Day: Greatest food holiday ever?

I know what you're thinking. Hmmm. What about Thanksgiving? That's a pretty good food holiday.


True. Except the part where you have to share all that food with... gulp... family.

But National Chocolate Day? You're only limited by your hiding places.

We scoured the Los Angeles Times Test Kitchen's archives for our favorite chocolate recipes. (As you click through the photo gallery above, you'll find recipe links embedded in the pop-up captions.)

Now, at this point, we could go on and on about chocolate's health benefits.

Like, how the cocoa bean is rich in flavonoids, which appear to lend us antioxidant superpowers, according to the Cleveland Clinic. And how components of chocolate have been found to help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain.

But, seriously. The best reason to eat chocolate is that it's just flat out awesome.

How are you celebrating National Chocolate Day?