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Happy National Chocolate Day!

America has no shortage of food-related holidays, but National Chocolate Day may be the best. After all, a recent study found that one of chocolate's ingredients could help improve memory loss!

To get the festivities started, here are a few ideas for celebrating the holiday in style (and calories). --Meghan DeMaria

1. Chocolate cakeIt's hard to resist this classic, particularly the lava-filled variety.

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2. BrowniesBreak out the baking pan tonight in honor of the holiday. What better way to celebrate than with a warm pan of treats?

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3. Chocolate pudding or chocolate mousseYes, chocolate pudding has its own holiday — it's just that good. Still, a creamy, cold treat might be just what you need after a day at work.

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4. Chocolate milkshakeBreak out the blender and create a sinfully delicious shake, with plenty of chocolate syrup.

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5. Chocolate barWhen all else fails, why mess up a classic? Sometimes, nothing beats a simple Hershey's bar.

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