Celebrating Chocolate... And Labor Day

We all love a long weekend, even more so when the long weekend signifies the end of a sweltering summer. Labor Day, according to Wikipedia is “a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the country.” It was first celebrated nationally in 1894, and it was a large step for unions and social justice across the nation.

Not only is it an impactful day in history, it also carries with it some rules. Ever heard the phrase “don’t wear white after labor day?” That phrase isn’t simply to avoid getting chocolate on your pants during the long winter. It began in the turn of the 20th century, when it was difficult to tell the difference between “old” money and “new” money (see The Great Gatsby). There were all sorts of rules and regulations high society men and women made to tell the difference, including no longer wearing white after the warm summer days.

We don’t agree with social stratification, but like we mentioned earlier, white stains so easily—especially when your favorite dessert is chocolate. So what kind of dessert should you have in your white pants to celebrate the Labor Day weekend? We have compiled a list of delicious chocolate combinations from our favorite food blogs to try—or, if you aren’t the do-it-yourselfer, you can always pop over to our main website page and order some decadent, hand made chocolate from Ziva.

These S’more Brownies would be perfect for a weekend campfire near the house from the Food Network:

 

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/smore-brownies-recipe-1928483

 

This Chocolate Cream Pie recipe from MidWest Living would be perfect for cooling off after some fun in the sun:

http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/chocolate-cream-pie/

How about these Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies from AllRecipes—a staff pick!—for the perfect ending to a perfect barbeque.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/9843/chocolate-mexican-wedding-cookies/?internalSource=staff%20pick&referringId=1557&referringContentType=recipe%20hub&clickId=cardslot%205

And last, but not least, these wicked Salted Chocolate Matzo Toffee from My Recipes:

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/salted-chocolate-matzo-toffee

We know your Labor Day weekend will be filled with fun in the last bit of sun for the summer-- and hopefully, chocolate. We just want to make the world a better place, one peace at a time. 

S'Mores Brownies
Chocolate Cream Pie
Chocolate Mexican Wedding Cookies
Salted Chocolate Matzo Toffee