I adore chocolate. Peanut M&Ms are my all time favorite. And I like the large Hershey drops, too. I won't turn down the fancy brands. Love chocolate combined with nuts, caramel. Pretty much anything, except for bacon (Yeah, it's a no-no; trust me on this).
The Pre-Columbian peoples of the Americas drank chocolate in a wide variety of forms, mixing in vanilla, maize, chili pepper or achiote. Using recipes handed down the generations, Mexicans incorporate chocolate into many of their meals, not using it simply as an ingredient for confections.
The Europeans sweetened and fattened it by adding refined sugar and milk. In the 19th century, John Cadbury developed an emulsification process to make solid chocolate creating the modern chocolate bar. Although cocoa is originally from the Americas, today Western Africa produces almost two-thirds of the world's cocoa, with Côte d'Ivoire growing almost half of it.
I always knew chocolate was special. There is no good reason not to eat it; just not to overeat it. Chocolate fills a craving nothing else will.
When I sell a story, I grab a girlfriend or Handsome and go to our favorite custard spot. (Yeah, it's worth the hour drive to spoon bites of this delicacy.)
And thank goodness for Sam's Club where I buy the large Hershey nugget assorted chocolate bag. (I have to stash it in the pantry so I don't over indulge on the toffee bits!)
I realize some of you are more salty-inclined. My men consume vast quantities of Cheeze-its and chips.
But not me. Maybe it's a girl thing. <VBG>
So time to share! What's your secret treat? Chocolate? Ice Cream? Bubble bath? Book?
Vicki Batman reluctantly shares her chocolate with anyone. Find her at: http://vickibatman.blogspot.com OR at: http://plottingprincesses.blogspot.com.
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