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National Chocolate Éclair Day

This day celebrates the chocolate éclair, a chocolate icing topped version of a pastry invented in France in the mid-19th century. Éclairs are an oblong pastry made with choux dough, which is a light pastry dough made with only butter, water, flour and eggs. The treats are made by being piped through a pastry bag, and being baked until they are crispy. Their hollow inside is filled, usually with custard or cream, and icing is put on top. Their name means “flash of lightning” in French, because they are eaten in a flash, or very quickly. They sometimes are confused with long johns, but those are made with doughnut pastry not choux dough!

How to Observe

Naturally, the day is celebrated by eating a chocolate éclair or two! Go to a local bakery or make some yourself.

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