Do You Like Chocolate?
man is a chocoholic. I suppose I should have figured this out
when we went on our first date to the Hershey chocolate
factory. You can no longer tour the actual factory, but
instead you go through a simulation somewhat like a ride at an
amusement park. I will say that chocolate manufacturing really
smells delicious, though. The entire city of Hershey smells
like a chocolate bar and even the street lights look like
That being said, Iím not especially fond of
chocolate. Please donít tell anyone. Given a choice, I would
rather have something else, hard candy for instance. My
favorite chocolate item is chocolate milk, 2%. The additive
sort of kills the flavor of regular milk and makes it
tolerable. I donít know if the reason I donít like
chocolate is the thought of all the calories I am consuming or
the fact that chocolate was once thought to be bad for your
skin. As a teen, I would peel the chocolate off an ice cream
bar before eating it as we believed that it caused acne.
On the other hand, my man will eat anything
chocolate. Iíve seen him consume a fudge brownie with
chocolate ice cream and chocolate syrup over the top of it.
This much chocolate is so rich it makes my jaws hurt just to
think about eating it. Before bed he always has cookies and
milk, either Oreos or chocolate chip. And he usually has a bag
of Reeseís Pieces, or some other chocolate-covered treat
stashed away where it is easy to grab. His favorite ice cream
flavor is chocolate, of course, or maybe something with chunks
of real chocolate such as Moose Tracks.
The modern world has developed a chocolate
culture. We are saturated in chocolate, and not just in the
U.S. The entire world loves chocolate. Think of the well known
names in the candy business, such as Nestle and Hersey.
Chocolate-coated candy bars, such as Milky Way and Snickers
are made by the Mars company as are M&Mís. A box of
chocolates is considered an appropriate gift for any occasion.
Pure chocolate is not sweet; you may be
surprised to know. It has sugar or syrup added to make it
taste the way it does. If you have ever tried to nip a bit of
momís baking chocolate, you must have had a bitter surprise.
Sugar is added to make chocolate sweet, semi-sweet, or bitter
sweet. Milk is added to make milk chocolate.
Chocolate is a very old flavoring, going back
to the ancient Mayans and Aztecs who used it unsweetened as a
bitter drink. Columbus discovered chocolate in the New World
and took it back with him to Spain. At first it was used as a
drink. It was not until later that a process for making solid
chocolate was found. Because the cocoa beans used for
chocolate making cannot be grown just anywhere, early
chocolate was a treat that only the elite could afford to
Now, of course, chocolate it is mass produced
and found everywhere in everything, from beverages, to baked
goods, to ice cream, to candy. It is especially popular at
holidays such as, Valentine and Easter, but no special reason
is needed by most people to eat chocolate. Some have tried to
justify chocolate consumption by saying it is good for you,
has antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory and improves vascular
function. I suspect this is only an excuse for a chocolate
fetish. It always has a very high calorie count due to the
butterfat it contains.
So, apparently my chocoholic has a lot of
company. Iíve been thinking, it must be good if so many
people like it. I might as well bake a pan of brownies and try
to forget that I donít like chocolate.