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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

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Do You Like Chocolate....
 


Do You Like Chocolate?

My 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 Hershey kisses.

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 enjoy.

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.



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