National chocolate soufflé day
February 28th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

A real chocolate pick-me-up - February 28 is National Chocolate Soufflé Day!

Soufflés may be the only thing to rival the kind of lift many women achieve with gallons of hairspray - not to mention the fact that they taste like heaven.

The flavorful base is usually made with a French crème pâtissière (pasty cream), but the secret to this lightly baked cake is whipped egg whites.   The name comes from a French verb, souffler, which literally means to "blow up" or "puff up," and that's exactly the magic that happens when you bake custard and egg whites together.

Your best bet for baking individual or even one large chocolate soufflé is the ramekin. When you're ready to take them out of the oven, it will be puffy and fluffy - and then deflate a little about ten minutes later. But, don't worry! It's supposed to do that.

Get fancy and even if you're not in trouble with your significant other, make them feel special and bake an individual chocolate soufflé for your sweetie. One little investment of your time can go a long way.

soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. moonster

    Alright fellow CNN posters – who is gonna make some and share. We wants snacks!

    February 28, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  2. ab

    just felt the pounds leap on my body reading this! chocolate - my favorite addiction....

    February 28, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • No - Really

      Naaah. It's all light and airy. No calories.

      February 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  3. Don

    Some advanced notice would have been nice. Now I have to make a special trip to the store in hopes they have fair trade chocolate.

    February 28, 2012 at 1:31 pm |
  4. Grinch

    That's bollocks-everyone knows today is National Pancake Day.

    Why doesn't this article have recipes?

    February 28, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • CN Red

      It does, in the hyperlink for "individual chocolate soufflé."

      February 28, 2012 at 11:12 am |
  5. Bunsen Honeydew

    I declare it National Bunsen Honeydew day.

    February 28, 2012 at 10:02 am |
  6. podunda

    Who comes up with this stuff ?

    February 28, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • jellybean

      yo mammy!

      February 28, 2012 at 11:10 am |
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