“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz
“Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.”
― Judith Viorst, Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Etc
Surely you knew that October 28 is National Chocolate Day. No. Well, it is, and of all foods, surely chocolate is most deserving of its own special day! I got a running start on the day with a rich chocolate brownie, with sea salt, and a small cup of good black coffee, while listening to live jazz on Sunday evening.
The quotes by Schulz and Voirst are two boundaries to the truth of chocolate. A little chocolate now and then is a very good thing…and…stopping at “a little” is an enormous test of human nature.
I grew up on milk chocolate, Mom’s preference, and an occasional variant: triple-layer German chocolate cake. That was, for decades, Dad’s preference for birthday cake, which became most of our preference for birthday cake. I do not know that it was so much the flavor as the effort of putting it together and the ties of tradition, the sign that this birthday was a Brown family event.
In the years since, I went from tea to black coffee and from milk chocolate to very dark chocolate, more bitter than sweet. With these very strong flavors, the volume I want to consume has dropped, along with the caloric overhead. So, the change in taste helped steer a more moderate course between “a little chocolate” and a whole Hershey bar.
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