Today is a food holiday even food-holiday-haters can get behind: National Chocolate Day. It's the day to fully indulge all your chocolate cravings, and really let your inner chocoholic shine. This year, we at HuffPost Taste have decided to focus our attention on the undisputed trendy chocolate of the times: dark chocolate. The darling of the chocolate world right now, dark chocolate seems to be everyone's favorite. By now it's pretty common knowledge that eating dark chocolate isn't bad for us, but is actually recommended by doctors because of its many health benefits, such as being loaded with antioxidants. We didn't really need an excuse, but since it's doctor-approved, we're reaching for the nearest bar of dark chocolate and digging up our favorite recipes made with the darkest of chocolates on this national holiday.
Dark chocolate makes cakes richer, cookies more complex and brownies even harder to resist (we know, we didn't think it was possible either). Even if you're loyal to milk chocolate, these dark chocolate cake, cookie, and brownie recipes might just bring you over to the dark side. Here 48 examples of dark chocolate madness. And don't worry, once you're done perusing these recipes and we've fully convinced you to go crazy celebrating National Chocolate Day, we're here to show you why you should eat chocolate every day. Stick with us.