Books for World Chocolate Day

Learn about the chocolate industry, make some tasty chocolate treats, or read a chocolate-themed novel!

June 28, 2022

World Chocolate Day (also known as International Chocolate Day or just Chocolate Day) is an annual celebration of CHOCOLATE! It occurs on July 7 every year, which is suggested to be the anniversary of the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550. World Chocolate Day has been around since 2009.

Of course, other Chocolate Day celebrations exist. The United States celebrates National Chocolate Day on 28 October. Ghana, the second largest producer of cocoa, celebrates Chocolate Day on February 14. In Latvia, World Chocolate Day is celebrated on July 11. Why not make every day Chocolate Day?


Learn About Chocolate


A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America

Steve Almond

A self-proclaimed candy fanatic and lifelong chocoholic traces the history of some of the much-loved candies from his youth, describing the business practices and creative candy-making techniques of some of the small companies.


Sweet Science & Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat

Kay Frydenborg

A fascinating account for teen readers that captures the history, science, and economic and cultural implications of the harvesting of cacao and creation of chocolate.

Chocolate Chocolate

Chocolate Chocolate
The True Story of Two Sisters, Tons of Treats, and the Little Chocolate Shop That Could

Frances Park, Ginger Park

The sister co-owners of a chocolate shop recount their efforts to open and run the store, an endeavor marked by formidable practical challenges, their Asian-American heritage, and the personal stories of customers from all walks of life.

The emperors of chocolate

The Emperors of Chocolate
Inside the Secret World of Hershey and Mars

Joël Glenn Brenner

Examining one of the most bitter rivalries in American business, a journalist journeys inside the secretive world of the Mars company; the life of its founder, innovative entrepreneur and autocrat Forrest Mars; and its long-time battle with Hershey.

The great American chocolate chip cookie book

The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book

Carolyn Wyman

Full of fun facts, myths, secrets, and cookie recipes apt to make you as famous as Amos among your family and friends, The Great American Chocolate Chip Cookie Book makes for great reading and great baking.


Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian Dreams

Michael D’Antonio

One of the twentieth century’s most eccentric and idealistic titans of industry, Milton S. Hershey brought affordable milk chocolate to America, creating and then satisfying the chocoholic urges of millions. He pioneered techniques of branding, mass production, and marketing and gained widespread fame as the Chocolate King.


Chocolate Recipes

The chocolate addict's baking book

The Chocolate Addict’s Baking Book

Sabine Venier

Calling all chocoholics—come satisfy your sweet tooth, indulge in your all-time favorites and discover new ways to get your fix with 75 diverse chocolate-based desserts from Sabine Venier, the founder of Also The Crumbs Please.

Chocolate, chocolate & more chocolate!

Chocolate, Chocolate & More Chocolate!

Elie Tarrab

Provides more than 80 recipes for special-occasion chocolate confections, outlining necessary techniques ranging from melting and dipping to molding and crystallization while offering such options as truffles, Christmas logs and Valentine’s Day macaroon hearts

Chocolates and confections

Chocolates and Confections
At Home With the Culinary Institute of America

Peter P Greweling

Richly illustrated with more than 150 full-color photos that show key techniques and finished chocolates and confections, a home candy-maker’s guide covers chocolates, truffles, toffees and taffies, fudge and pralines, marshmallows, jellies, nuts and much more.

Death by chocolate cakes

Death by Chocolate Cakes
An Astonishing Array of Chocolate Enchantments

Marcel Desaulniers

Collects recipes and cooking techniques for such desserts as chocolate peanut root beer rumble, midnight truffle cake, and excessively expressive espresso ecstasy that feature chocolate as the main ingredient.

Hot cocoa bombs

Hot Cocoa Bombs
Delicious, Fun, and Creative Hot Chocolate Treats!

Natalie Wise

Maida Heatter's book of great chocolate desserts

Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts

Maida Heatter

Chocoholics unite! Maida’s back and bringing the world’s best chocolate recipes with her. Maida, of course, is Maida Heatter, sorceress supreme of all things chocolate. Now cocoa aficionados, food fiends, and master chefs everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief as Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts, the classic New York Times best-seller, returns after ten years out of print.

Making chocolate

Making Chocolate
From Bean to Bar to S’More

Todd Masonis, Greg D’Alesandre, Lisa Vega, Molly Gore

Four craft chocolate makers describe how to make your own chocolate through the “quick-start” and “deep-dive” methods and discuss the sourcing, fermenting, drying and roasting of the cacao beans and how to incorporate your homemade craft chocolate into artisan treats.

Taste of Home chocolate delights

Taste of Home Chocolate Delights
201 Brownies, Truffles, Cakes and More

Taste of Home

Chocolate-lovers…rejoice! The ultimate chocolate cookbooks is here! Taste of Home Chocolate Delights features 201 luscious sensations ideal for any occasion—from coffee breaks and dessert time to morning noshing and late-night snacking. Take a look inside, and you’ll find everything you need to satisfy your chocolate-covered sweet tooth.

Theo Chocolate

Theo Chocolate
Recipes & Sweet Secrets From Seattle’s Favorite Chocolate Maker

Debra Music, Joe Whinney

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Here are delicious sweet and savory chocolate recipes, along with the fascinating story of how North America’s first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory came to be (and why they are so passionate about how their chocolate is made).


Chocolate In Fiction

Asking for truffle

Asking for Truffle
A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery

Dorothy St James

While looking into her former school friend’s murder in the seaside town of Camellia Beach, Charity Penn attends free cooking lessons at the town’s chocolate shop, where she uncovers a deadly plot to destroy the seaside town.

Better than chocolate

Better Than Chocolate

Sheila Roberts

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they’re about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank—and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?



Joanne Harris

A young widow opens a chocolate shop in a French village, transforming its normally austere inhabitants into unabashed sensualists. The event coincides with Lent, and the villagers’ rejection of traditional self-denial angers the parish priest who declares war.

The chocolate book bandit

The Chocolate Book Bandit
A Chocoholic Mystery

JoAnna Carl

Chocolate shop owner Lee McKinney Woodyard investigates the murder of a retiring member of the library board at a board meeting where all in attendance are suspect.

The chocolate maker's wife

The Chocolate Maker’s Wife

Karen Brooks

An illegitimate nobleman’s daughter is rescued from abuse and drudgery by a chocolate proprietor in 17th-century London, where her high-society popularity is unknowingly threatened by her employer’s secret past.

The loveliest chocolate shop in Paris

The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris

Jenny Colgan

After a fateful accident at the chocolate factory where she works, Anna Trent is given the opportunity to work for an elite Parisian chocolate shop, where she falls in love with the city and awakens to new dimensions in her life.