July 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM ET
July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day, meaning you have the perfect excuse to indulge that chocolate hankering over the weekend. Not that most Americans even need a reason — according to a recent study nearly half of Americans nibble on a chocolate treat every day.
Milk chocolate might be overshadowed by its darker cousin, which is getting all the attention for its health benefits. But its creamy sweetness makes it the perfect ingredient for decadent desserts and savory dishes alike. Besides, chocolate of any kind is a proven mood-booster that may even help you live longer. Get (happily) cooking with these delicious recipes below!
Hoda's favorite peanut butter cup brownies
Nutella bread pudding in the slow cooker
S'mores 5 ways, including rosemary or mint marshmallows and a s'mores hot chocolate
Seared sea scallops with jicama salad, coconut cream, cocoa nibs and milk chocolate
Peanut butter pie with cookie crust and easy hot fudge sauce
Caramel chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches