A Taste of Chocolate

ChocolateChristina here and today I’ve got chocolate on my mind. Not just today, actually, but most days because I’m a complete chocoholic! But here’s the thing – I haven’t had a single piece for the last week. Not one tiny crumb! Unfortunately, this is necessary because my chocolate consumption had been going through the roof recently. What with being at home all the time during lockdown and not moving enough, drastic measures were called for.

I did try cutting down at first, but found it was calling to me, and time after time I headed for the fridge without even realising I was doing it. Going cold turkey seemed the only option and I figured it would get easier after a few days. It has. Sort of. But the yearning for chocolate hasn’t totally gone away.

Hot chocolate

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The main problem is that chocolate has been my writing aid for many years. I can honestly say that all my books to date have been fuelled by chocolate. It woke me up in the mornings and made me alert enough to type coherent sentences, even though I’m really a night owl. Whenever I flagged and my energy levels felt depleted, a couple of squares of chocolate spurred me on. And as a reward for work well done or a day of writing finished, there was nothing better. In short, I used any excuse to have some, which is probably why I’m feeling its loss so keenly now.

It’s weird how our minds work though – I’ve functioned perfectly well this last week without any chocolate. Sure, the craving is still there, and I can’t count the number of times I’ve headed for the fridge, opened it and stared forlornly at the empty space where my usual Bourneville bar ought to be. But has it stopped me from writing? Not really, but I can’t help feeling as though I would have written more if I’d had my usual chocolate rewards. Silly, but there it is.

Scoffing

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I googled “is chocolate a drug?” because that’s honestly how it feels. I know that logically it’s just a bad habit I’ve got into and mostly I’m experiencing a sugar craving, but chocolate also contains things like caffeine and theobromine. I don’t drink tea or coffee except on rare occasions, so I was substituting that for chocolate instead, which worked perfectly. Apparently, these “drugs” stimulate the opiate receptors in our brains and they also lead to a release of neurochemicals that make us feel pleasure. And I found an article that says a study at Princeton University in 2008 found that rats who were given sugar (in the form of glucose) had the same receptors stimulated as when taking heroin!

Another article said that “brain scans have confirmed that intermittent sugar consumption affects the brain in ways similar to certain drugs … sugar meets the criteria for a substance of abuse and may be addictive to those who binge on it (see here). It sure is, especially combined with the other chocolate ingredients.

Cacao tree

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There are tiny amounts of other stimulants and drugs in chocolate, one of them being serotonin. I think we all know that this is a chemical that gives a feeling of well-being. The Aztecs even believed that chocolate is an aphrodisiac, but that’s not really true. Although it might excite our senses, it has not been proven by scientists to have any physical sexual effect. Chocolate contains some chemicals that could potentially work, but there just aren’t enough of them to make any real difference. However, eating it might put you in the mood because you’re already feeling good (the serotonin again), so it’s more psychological.

The Aztecs and the Mayans thought the cacao seeds (which come from the Theobroma Cacao tree) were a gift from the gods and valued them so highly they even used them as a type of currency. They didn’t mix them with sugar though, like we do, but drank it as a bitter liquid, and apparently wanted it to be frothy. When the Spanish Conquistadors brought it to Europe in the 16th century, the cacao seed was at first thought to have medicinal properties, perhaps because it’s a stimulant, but later it was just consumed for pleasure. Sugar wasn’t added until later and then it became a very popular drink – understandably so!

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Jean Chevalier – Mother and daughter drinking chocolate

Our historical heroines often have a cup of hot chocolate brought to them in the morning by their maid, and it sounds so luxurious, I always enjoy it with them vicariously. Maybe I shouldn’t though, because this wasn’t the kind we would have now. Early recipes didn’t always contain milk (it was optional) and don’t come topped with whipped cream and marshmallows (the latter is not something I like personally, but I know lots of people do). And the cacao beans were mixed with all sorts of spices. There’s a 17th century recipe on the National Trust’s Dyrham House website here which doesn’t appeal to me as it contains cloves, star anise and cayenne pepper. It also has a much larger ratio of cacao to sugar than what I would use myself, which must make it fairly bitter, and adding cinnamon would surely dilute or mask the taste quite a lot? (I’m not going to try it, but if any of you feel like experimenting, please let me know what you think of this recipe).

There’s also an 18th century recipe here which includes even more spices – I’m afraid just the thought of this makes me shudder! Other things that could be included were red pepper, black pepper, chilis, cardamom, nutmeg and rose water. Hmm, not my cup of tea … or chocolate, either. Vanilla on the other hand – yes, I don’t mind adding a bit of that!

Artisan chocolates

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I’m very fussy and like my chocolate “pure”, not with any additions other than possibly nuts. These days artisan handmade chocolates seem to be all the rage, and the makers compete to add the most outlandish of ingredients (or so it appears to me). Anything from sea salt to licorice, to various types of alcohol and fruit. That all leaves me cold (although I might, at a pinch, eat chocolate with mint in it if there’s nothing else available). The pure taste of milk or dark chocolate is so delicious in itself – why would it need to be tampered with? But I guess it’s a good thing we are all different!

Choc fountainA favourite film of mine is, of course, Chocolat (based on the novel by Joanne Harris), which shows that chocolate stimulates not just our taste buds, but our senses in every way. The scenes where the heroine prepares her various chocolate recipes are sensuous, shown in great detail, and has us drinking in the sight of the glorious result. The rich, luxurious texture, the smoothness of cacao powder mixed with cream and butter – it all makes you crave it even more. The temptation to rush off and grab some is almost irresistible. I was reminded of that film when I attended a romance convention in Kansas some years ago. One of the highlights was a book signing event that featured chocolate fountains. I had never seen one before and it was a wonderful sight!

MarabouChocolate bars and chocolate for eating rather than drinking are a fairly recent invention. It wasn’t produced in solid form until 1847 and milk chocolate was invented in 1875. The Swiss were early producers and are famous for their chocolates, as are the Belgians. Here in the UK we have Cadbury’s, who apparently started making boxed chocolates in the late 1860s, while in the US Hershey’s was begun in the 1890s. Being half Swedish, I am of course very partial to their most famous brand, Marabou, which is very similar to the Swiss types.

Well, it was probably unwise of me to write a blog post about chocolate, since it’s made me want some even more, but for now I will persevere and go without. Hopefully my writing won’t suffer too much and it might even help me get into the mindset of my latest heroine who has travelled back in time to the Viking era. She will be missing chocolate just as much as I am; in fact, the only sweet things to be found there would be honey and berries. I think I’ll give time travelling a miss – at least I have the option of going to a shop if I get truly desperate!

Can you do without chocolate? Or is there something else you don’t want to be without?

180 thoughts on “A Taste of Chocolate”

  1. I do like chocolate, but I’m not a chocoholic. In the winter, one of my favorite afternoon snacks is a hot cup of tea with a couple of pieces of milk chocolate.
    My weakness is cheesecake. I’m also one of those rare individuals who actually likes fruitcake – especially if it has been soaked in rum.
    Yummy post!

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  2. I do like chocolate, but I’m not a chocoholic. In the winter, one of my favorite afternoon snacks is a hot cup of tea with a couple of pieces of milk chocolate.
    My weakness is cheesecake. I’m also one of those rare individuals who actually likes fruitcake – especially if it has been soaked in rum.
    Yummy post!

    Reply
  3. I do like chocolate, but I’m not a chocoholic. In the winter, one of my favorite afternoon snacks is a hot cup of tea with a couple of pieces of milk chocolate.
    My weakness is cheesecake. I’m also one of those rare individuals who actually likes fruitcake – especially if it has been soaked in rum.
    Yummy post!

    Reply
  4. I do like chocolate, but I’m not a chocoholic. In the winter, one of my favorite afternoon snacks is a hot cup of tea with a couple of pieces of milk chocolate.
    My weakness is cheesecake. I’m also one of those rare individuals who actually likes fruitcake – especially if it has been soaked in rum.
    Yummy post!

    Reply
  5. I do like chocolate, but I’m not a chocoholic. In the winter, one of my favorite afternoon snacks is a hot cup of tea with a couple of pieces of milk chocolate.
    My weakness is cheesecake. I’m also one of those rare individuals who actually likes fruitcake – especially if it has been soaked in rum.
    Yummy post!

    Reply
  6. Christina – thank you for such a tantalizing post! I love chocolate, whether edible or drinkable, especially if it’s laced with coffee flavor. (Whipped cream and/or marshmallows graetfully accepted.)Since you are so fond of chocolate yourself, perhaps you have heard of an American television police procedural drama called “The Closer.” It was on TV here for 7 years. The star was Kyra Sedgwick,who played a deputy chief of police. From the first episode to the last,it was clear that her obsession was chocolate, specifically Ding Dongs, which are an American round chocolate-enrobed cake treat that is wrapped in silver foil. Her desk drawer was filled with all kinds of sweets, but especially those Ding Dongs. The series is still on eery day in re-runs and I’ve seeneach episode numerous times. I swear I’ve gained weight by watching Ms. Sedgwick moan as she unwraps and lovingly strokes,then bites into her Ding Dongs in every episode. (I’ve never had a Ding Dong,BTW.) As for me, aside from coffee-laced chocolate, the best chocolate I ever tasted was French, sent by a vendor in Paris to my boss here in Maryland. I was allowed to select only one piece. (SOB!) I still remember the taste. And the wonderful sensation when slowly and reverently chewing. Sigh…Why do I now have a serious but unrequited craving for chocolate at this early hour of the morning?

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  7. Christina – thank you for such a tantalizing post! I love chocolate, whether edible or drinkable, especially if it’s laced with coffee flavor. (Whipped cream and/or marshmallows graetfully accepted.)Since you are so fond of chocolate yourself, perhaps you have heard of an American television police procedural drama called “The Closer.” It was on TV here for 7 years. The star was Kyra Sedgwick,who played a deputy chief of police. From the first episode to the last,it was clear that her obsession was chocolate, specifically Ding Dongs, which are an American round chocolate-enrobed cake treat that is wrapped in silver foil. Her desk drawer was filled with all kinds of sweets, but especially those Ding Dongs. The series is still on eery day in re-runs and I’ve seeneach episode numerous times. I swear I’ve gained weight by watching Ms. Sedgwick moan as she unwraps and lovingly strokes,then bites into her Ding Dongs in every episode. (I’ve never had a Ding Dong,BTW.) As for me, aside from coffee-laced chocolate, the best chocolate I ever tasted was French, sent by a vendor in Paris to my boss here in Maryland. I was allowed to select only one piece. (SOB!) I still remember the taste. And the wonderful sensation when slowly and reverently chewing. Sigh…Why do I now have a serious but unrequited craving for chocolate at this early hour of the morning?

    Reply
  8. Christina – thank you for such a tantalizing post! I love chocolate, whether edible or drinkable, especially if it’s laced with coffee flavor. (Whipped cream and/or marshmallows graetfully accepted.)Since you are so fond of chocolate yourself, perhaps you have heard of an American television police procedural drama called “The Closer.” It was on TV here for 7 years. The star was Kyra Sedgwick,who played a deputy chief of police. From the first episode to the last,it was clear that her obsession was chocolate, specifically Ding Dongs, which are an American round chocolate-enrobed cake treat that is wrapped in silver foil. Her desk drawer was filled with all kinds of sweets, but especially those Ding Dongs. The series is still on eery day in re-runs and I’ve seeneach episode numerous times. I swear I’ve gained weight by watching Ms. Sedgwick moan as she unwraps and lovingly strokes,then bites into her Ding Dongs in every episode. (I’ve never had a Ding Dong,BTW.) As for me, aside from coffee-laced chocolate, the best chocolate I ever tasted was French, sent by a vendor in Paris to my boss here in Maryland. I was allowed to select only one piece. (SOB!) I still remember the taste. And the wonderful sensation when slowly and reverently chewing. Sigh…Why do I now have a serious but unrequited craving for chocolate at this early hour of the morning?

    Reply
  9. Christina – thank you for such a tantalizing post! I love chocolate, whether edible or drinkable, especially if it’s laced with coffee flavor. (Whipped cream and/or marshmallows graetfully accepted.)Since you are so fond of chocolate yourself, perhaps you have heard of an American television police procedural drama called “The Closer.” It was on TV here for 7 years. The star was Kyra Sedgwick,who played a deputy chief of police. From the first episode to the last,it was clear that her obsession was chocolate, specifically Ding Dongs, which are an American round chocolate-enrobed cake treat that is wrapped in silver foil. Her desk drawer was filled with all kinds of sweets, but especially those Ding Dongs. The series is still on eery day in re-runs and I’ve seeneach episode numerous times. I swear I’ve gained weight by watching Ms. Sedgwick moan as she unwraps and lovingly strokes,then bites into her Ding Dongs in every episode. (I’ve never had a Ding Dong,BTW.) As for me, aside from coffee-laced chocolate, the best chocolate I ever tasted was French, sent by a vendor in Paris to my boss here in Maryland. I was allowed to select only one piece. (SOB!) I still remember the taste. And the wonderful sensation when slowly and reverently chewing. Sigh…Why do I now have a serious but unrequited craving for chocolate at this early hour of the morning?

    Reply
  10. Christina – thank you for such a tantalizing post! I love chocolate, whether edible or drinkable, especially if it’s laced with coffee flavor. (Whipped cream and/or marshmallows graetfully accepted.)Since you are so fond of chocolate yourself, perhaps you have heard of an American television police procedural drama called “The Closer.” It was on TV here for 7 years. The star was Kyra Sedgwick,who played a deputy chief of police. From the first episode to the last,it was clear that her obsession was chocolate, specifically Ding Dongs, which are an American round chocolate-enrobed cake treat that is wrapped in silver foil. Her desk drawer was filled with all kinds of sweets, but especially those Ding Dongs. The series is still on eery day in re-runs and I’ve seeneach episode numerous times. I swear I’ve gained weight by watching Ms. Sedgwick moan as she unwraps and lovingly strokes,then bites into her Ding Dongs in every episode. (I’ve never had a Ding Dong,BTW.) As for me, aside from coffee-laced chocolate, the best chocolate I ever tasted was French, sent by a vendor in Paris to my boss here in Maryland. I was allowed to select only one piece. (SOB!) I still remember the taste. And the wonderful sensation when slowly and reverently chewing. Sigh…Why do I now have a serious but unrequited craving for chocolate at this early hour of the morning?

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  11. Best cure for a craving is to associate it with something unpleasant. Andrea in her Lady Arianna mystery ‘Sweet Revenge’ uses chocolate to disguise the taste of poison. Maybe reading this would help. Also I find that you can buy very thin biscuits with almost a monolayer coating of chocolate. Try one with your coffee as you read Andrea’s mystery and who knows … though I’ve started craving more Lady Arianna mysteries!

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  12. Best cure for a craving is to associate it with something unpleasant. Andrea in her Lady Arianna mystery ‘Sweet Revenge’ uses chocolate to disguise the taste of poison. Maybe reading this would help. Also I find that you can buy very thin biscuits with almost a monolayer coating of chocolate. Try one with your coffee as you read Andrea’s mystery and who knows … though I’ve started craving more Lady Arianna mysteries!

    Reply
  13. Best cure for a craving is to associate it with something unpleasant. Andrea in her Lady Arianna mystery ‘Sweet Revenge’ uses chocolate to disguise the taste of poison. Maybe reading this would help. Also I find that you can buy very thin biscuits with almost a monolayer coating of chocolate. Try one with your coffee as you read Andrea’s mystery and who knows … though I’ve started craving more Lady Arianna mysteries!

    Reply
  14. Best cure for a craving is to associate it with something unpleasant. Andrea in her Lady Arianna mystery ‘Sweet Revenge’ uses chocolate to disguise the taste of poison. Maybe reading this would help. Also I find that you can buy very thin biscuits with almost a monolayer coating of chocolate. Try one with your coffee as you read Andrea’s mystery and who knows … though I’ve started craving more Lady Arianna mysteries!

    Reply
  15. Best cure for a craving is to associate it with something unpleasant. Andrea in her Lady Arianna mystery ‘Sweet Revenge’ uses chocolate to disguise the taste of poison. Maybe reading this would help. Also I find that you can buy very thin biscuits with almost a monolayer coating of chocolate. Try one with your coffee as you read Andrea’s mystery and who knows … though I’ve started craving more Lady Arianna mysteries!

    Reply
  16. You made me laugh, Christina, because I have been going through the same lockdown madness for chocolate, and had reached the same conclusion (cold turkey is the only hope).
    It is hard. No other snack satisfies like chocolate. Endless cups of tea and coffee, for something to do, only work up to a point.
    People say that weight control begins in the kitchen, but it doesn’t – it begins in the grocery store. My favorite market has a double aisle of chocolate. I make a conscious effort not to go down that aisle.
    But strong as the craving is, I know I can beat it back — I’ve done it before. It is doable.
    Good luck to both of us 🙂

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  17. You made me laugh, Christina, because I have been going through the same lockdown madness for chocolate, and had reached the same conclusion (cold turkey is the only hope).
    It is hard. No other snack satisfies like chocolate. Endless cups of tea and coffee, for something to do, only work up to a point.
    People say that weight control begins in the kitchen, but it doesn’t – it begins in the grocery store. My favorite market has a double aisle of chocolate. I make a conscious effort not to go down that aisle.
    But strong as the craving is, I know I can beat it back — I’ve done it before. It is doable.
    Good luck to both of us 🙂

    Reply
  18. You made me laugh, Christina, because I have been going through the same lockdown madness for chocolate, and had reached the same conclusion (cold turkey is the only hope).
    It is hard. No other snack satisfies like chocolate. Endless cups of tea and coffee, for something to do, only work up to a point.
    People say that weight control begins in the kitchen, but it doesn’t – it begins in the grocery store. My favorite market has a double aisle of chocolate. I make a conscious effort not to go down that aisle.
    But strong as the craving is, I know I can beat it back — I’ve done it before. It is doable.
    Good luck to both of us 🙂

    Reply
  19. You made me laugh, Christina, because I have been going through the same lockdown madness for chocolate, and had reached the same conclusion (cold turkey is the only hope).
    It is hard. No other snack satisfies like chocolate. Endless cups of tea and coffee, for something to do, only work up to a point.
    People say that weight control begins in the kitchen, but it doesn’t – it begins in the grocery store. My favorite market has a double aisle of chocolate. I make a conscious effort not to go down that aisle.
    But strong as the craving is, I know I can beat it back — I’ve done it before. It is doable.
    Good luck to both of us 🙂

    Reply
  20. You made me laugh, Christina, because I have been going through the same lockdown madness for chocolate, and had reached the same conclusion (cold turkey is the only hope).
    It is hard. No other snack satisfies like chocolate. Endless cups of tea and coffee, for something to do, only work up to a point.
    People say that weight control begins in the kitchen, but it doesn’t – it begins in the grocery store. My favorite market has a double aisle of chocolate. I make a conscious effort not to go down that aisle.
    But strong as the craving is, I know I can beat it back — I’ve done it before. It is doable.
    Good luck to both of us 🙂

    Reply
  21. I have to laugh, I just ate a delicious brownie before reading your post! I’m addicted to chocolate and try to limit my intake. I treat myself to chocolate when I am feeling bad or think it will give me a boost of energy. I have been guilty of keeping a secret stash! I can go without chocolate, it’s just a matter of finding another alternative for it. Thank Christina for the sweet post!

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  22. I have to laugh, I just ate a delicious brownie before reading your post! I’m addicted to chocolate and try to limit my intake. I treat myself to chocolate when I am feeling bad or think it will give me a boost of energy. I have been guilty of keeping a secret stash! I can go without chocolate, it’s just a matter of finding another alternative for it. Thank Christina for the sweet post!

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  23. I have to laugh, I just ate a delicious brownie before reading your post! I’m addicted to chocolate and try to limit my intake. I treat myself to chocolate when I am feeling bad or think it will give me a boost of energy. I have been guilty of keeping a secret stash! I can go without chocolate, it’s just a matter of finding another alternative for it. Thank Christina for the sweet post!

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  24. I have to laugh, I just ate a delicious brownie before reading your post! I’m addicted to chocolate and try to limit my intake. I treat myself to chocolate when I am feeling bad or think it will give me a boost of energy. I have been guilty of keeping a secret stash! I can go without chocolate, it’s just a matter of finding another alternative for it. Thank Christina for the sweet post!

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  25. I have to laugh, I just ate a delicious brownie before reading your post! I’m addicted to chocolate and try to limit my intake. I treat myself to chocolate when I am feeling bad or think it will give me a boost of energy. I have been guilty of keeping a secret stash! I can go without chocolate, it’s just a matter of finding another alternative for it. Thank Christina for the sweet post!

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  26. Oh, I’m so jealous, Maryellen – I love brownies! But you’re right, it is possible to find alternatives for chocolate and that’s what I’m trying to do. Secret stash for emergencies – I don’t dare have one right now because I wouldn’t have the willpower to keep away from it, but maybe in a while? (Who am I kidding? )

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  27. Oh, I’m so jealous, Maryellen – I love brownies! But you’re right, it is possible to find alternatives for chocolate and that’s what I’m trying to do. Secret stash for emergencies – I don’t dare have one right now because I wouldn’t have the willpower to keep away from it, but maybe in a while? (Who am I kidding? )

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  28. Oh, I’m so jealous, Maryellen – I love brownies! But you’re right, it is possible to find alternatives for chocolate and that’s what I’m trying to do. Secret stash for emergencies – I don’t dare have one right now because I wouldn’t have the willpower to keep away from it, but maybe in a while? (Who am I kidding? )

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  29. Oh, I’m so jealous, Maryellen – I love brownies! But you’re right, it is possible to find alternatives for chocolate and that’s what I’m trying to do. Secret stash for emergencies – I don’t dare have one right now because I wouldn’t have the willpower to keep away from it, but maybe in a while? (Who am I kidding? )

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  30. Oh, I’m so jealous, Maryellen – I love brownies! But you’re right, it is possible to find alternatives for chocolate and that’s what I’m trying to do. Secret stash for emergencies – I don’t dare have one right now because I wouldn’t have the willpower to keep away from it, but maybe in a while? (Who am I kidding? )

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  31. I’m so glad it’s not just me, Janice! It is hard but definitely doable. Someone told me to drink tea as that helps with the caffeine craving at least so I’m trying to do that. And yes, definitely staying away from the supermarket chocolate aisle! Best of luck to us both!

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  32. I’m so glad it’s not just me, Janice! It is hard but definitely doable. Someone told me to drink tea as that helps with the caffeine craving at least so I’m trying to do that. And yes, definitely staying away from the supermarket chocolate aisle! Best of luck to us both!

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  33. I’m so glad it’s not just me, Janice! It is hard but definitely doable. Someone told me to drink tea as that helps with the caffeine craving at least so I’m trying to do that. And yes, definitely staying away from the supermarket chocolate aisle! Best of luck to us both!

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  34. I’m so glad it’s not just me, Janice! It is hard but definitely doable. Someone told me to drink tea as that helps with the caffeine craving at least so I’m trying to do that. And yes, definitely staying away from the supermarket chocolate aisle! Best of luck to us both!

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  35. I’m so glad it’s not just me, Janice! It is hard but definitely doable. Someone told me to drink tea as that helps with the caffeine craving at least so I’m trying to do that. And yes, definitely staying away from the supermarket chocolate aisle! Best of luck to us both!

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  36. Thank you, that’s a good point, Quantum, although I have a feeling I’d probably eat chocolate-covered poison if that was all there was to hand! I have just read Andrea’s latest mystery and they are definitely addictive too – can’t wait for the next one!

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  37. Thank you, that’s a good point, Quantum, although I have a feeling I’d probably eat chocolate-covered poison if that was all there was to hand! I have just read Andrea’s latest mystery and they are definitely addictive too – can’t wait for the next one!

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  38. Thank you, that’s a good point, Quantum, although I have a feeling I’d probably eat chocolate-covered poison if that was all there was to hand! I have just read Andrea’s latest mystery and they are definitely addictive too – can’t wait for the next one!

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  39. Thank you, that’s a good point, Quantum, although I have a feeling I’d probably eat chocolate-covered poison if that was all there was to hand! I have just read Andrea’s latest mystery and they are definitely addictive too – can’t wait for the next one!

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  40. Thank you, that’s a good point, Quantum, although I have a feeling I’d probably eat chocolate-covered poison if that was all there was to hand! I have just read Andrea’s latest mystery and they are definitely addictive too – can’t wait for the next one!

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  41. That French chocolate sounds wonderful, Binnie Syril! Continental chocolates are usually amazing and your description has me wanting some. I don’t think I’ve ever seen “The Closer” but the main character sounds like my kind of person. I’ve never had Ding Dong’s either but I’ll look for them next time I go to the US. Sorry to have given you chocolate cravings early in the morning but glad you enjoyed the post!

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  42. That French chocolate sounds wonderful, Binnie Syril! Continental chocolates are usually amazing and your description has me wanting some. I don’t think I’ve ever seen “The Closer” but the main character sounds like my kind of person. I’ve never had Ding Dong’s either but I’ll look for them next time I go to the US. Sorry to have given you chocolate cravings early in the morning but glad you enjoyed the post!

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  43. That French chocolate sounds wonderful, Binnie Syril! Continental chocolates are usually amazing and your description has me wanting some. I don’t think I’ve ever seen “The Closer” but the main character sounds like my kind of person. I’ve never had Ding Dong’s either but I’ll look for them next time I go to the US. Sorry to have given you chocolate cravings early in the morning but glad you enjoyed the post!

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  44. That French chocolate sounds wonderful, Binnie Syril! Continental chocolates are usually amazing and your description has me wanting some. I don’t think I’ve ever seen “The Closer” but the main character sounds like my kind of person. I’ve never had Ding Dong’s either but I’ll look for them next time I go to the US. Sorry to have given you chocolate cravings early in the morning but glad you enjoyed the post!

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  45. That French chocolate sounds wonderful, Binnie Syril! Continental chocolates are usually amazing and your description has me wanting some. I don’t think I’ve ever seen “The Closer” but the main character sounds like my kind of person. I’ve never had Ding Dong’s either but I’ll look for them next time I go to the US. Sorry to have given you chocolate cravings early in the morning but glad you enjoyed the post!

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  46. Thank you, Mary T, so glad you liked it! I used to love cheesecake but unfortunately ate a bit too much at one point, so now I’m not so keen. (Have tried doing the same with chocolate, by the way, and it didn’t work). Having a couple of pieces of chocolate with your tea sounds like a great idea! We need comfort foods in winter time.

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  47. Thank you, Mary T, so glad you liked it! I used to love cheesecake but unfortunately ate a bit too much at one point, so now I’m not so keen. (Have tried doing the same with chocolate, by the way, and it didn’t work). Having a couple of pieces of chocolate with your tea sounds like a great idea! We need comfort foods in winter time.

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  48. Thank you, Mary T, so glad you liked it! I used to love cheesecake but unfortunately ate a bit too much at one point, so now I’m not so keen. (Have tried doing the same with chocolate, by the way, and it didn’t work). Having a couple of pieces of chocolate with your tea sounds like a great idea! We need comfort foods in winter time.

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  49. Thank you, Mary T, so glad you liked it! I used to love cheesecake but unfortunately ate a bit too much at one point, so now I’m not so keen. (Have tried doing the same with chocolate, by the way, and it didn’t work). Having a couple of pieces of chocolate with your tea sounds like a great idea! We need comfort foods in winter time.

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  50. Thank you, Mary T, so glad you liked it! I used to love cheesecake but unfortunately ate a bit too much at one point, so now I’m not so keen. (Have tried doing the same with chocolate, by the way, and it didn’t work). Having a couple of pieces of chocolate with your tea sounds like a great idea! We need comfort foods in winter time.

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  51. I keep a jar of M&Ms on the table. I have 4 of them at a time. Most days i have them only 3 times in the day. This is not a full “serving”; I have had my chocolat “fix” without adding too much sugar or fat.

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  52. I keep a jar of M&Ms on the table. I have 4 of them at a time. Most days i have them only 3 times in the day. This is not a full “serving”; I have had my chocolat “fix” without adding too much sugar or fat.

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  53. I keep a jar of M&Ms on the table. I have 4 of them at a time. Most days i have them only 3 times in the day. This is not a full “serving”; I have had my chocolat “fix” without adding too much sugar or fat.

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  54. I keep a jar of M&Ms on the table. I have 4 of them at a time. Most days i have them only 3 times in the day. This is not a full “serving”; I have had my chocolat “fix” without adding too much sugar or fat.

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  55. I keep a jar of M&Ms on the table. I have 4 of them at a time. Most days i have them only 3 times in the day. This is not a full “serving”; I have had my chocolat “fix” without adding too much sugar or fat.

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  56. Christina, I wouldn’t kick chocolate out of bed, but I’d not at all a chocoholic. I do have a taste for really fine truffles and a local European chocolatier sells hazelnuts dipped in dark chocolate. THOSE I could get addicted to, but I think it’s the hazel nuts that do it for me.
    For a low calorie substitute, maybe something like Ginger Peach tea, perhaps with a spoonful of sugar stirred in if you need a bit of a sugar hit? It’s very nice, and there are lots of other good blends to sample.
    Good luck with your Cold Turkey!

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  57. Christina, I wouldn’t kick chocolate out of bed, but I’d not at all a chocoholic. I do have a taste for really fine truffles and a local European chocolatier sells hazelnuts dipped in dark chocolate. THOSE I could get addicted to, but I think it’s the hazel nuts that do it for me.
    For a low calorie substitute, maybe something like Ginger Peach tea, perhaps with a spoonful of sugar stirred in if you need a bit of a sugar hit? It’s very nice, and there are lots of other good blends to sample.
    Good luck with your Cold Turkey!

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  58. Christina, I wouldn’t kick chocolate out of bed, but I’d not at all a chocoholic. I do have a taste for really fine truffles and a local European chocolatier sells hazelnuts dipped in dark chocolate. THOSE I could get addicted to, but I think it’s the hazel nuts that do it for me.
    For a low calorie substitute, maybe something like Ginger Peach tea, perhaps with a spoonful of sugar stirred in if you need a bit of a sugar hit? It’s very nice, and there are lots of other good blends to sample.
    Good luck with your Cold Turkey!

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  59. Christina, I wouldn’t kick chocolate out of bed, but I’d not at all a chocoholic. I do have a taste for really fine truffles and a local European chocolatier sells hazelnuts dipped in dark chocolate. THOSE I could get addicted to, but I think it’s the hazel nuts that do it for me.
    For a low calorie substitute, maybe something like Ginger Peach tea, perhaps with a spoonful of sugar stirred in if you need a bit of a sugar hit? It’s very nice, and there are lots of other good blends to sample.
    Good luck with your Cold Turkey!

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  60. Christina, I wouldn’t kick chocolate out of bed, but I’d not at all a chocoholic. I do have a taste for really fine truffles and a local European chocolatier sells hazelnuts dipped in dark chocolate. THOSE I could get addicted to, but I think it’s the hazel nuts that do it for me.
    For a low calorie substitute, maybe something like Ginger Peach tea, perhaps with a spoonful of sugar stirred in if you need a bit of a sugar hit? It’s very nice, and there are lots of other good blends to sample.
    Good luck with your Cold Turkey!

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  61. Thank you, Mary Jo! I will have to try that and I can use a sweetener in tea as I’m used to that (even less calories!). Fine truffles and hazelnuts dipped in chocolate – mmm, sounds divine!

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  62. Thank you, Mary Jo! I will have to try that and I can use a sweetener in tea as I’m used to that (even less calories!). Fine truffles and hazelnuts dipped in chocolate – mmm, sounds divine!

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  63. Thank you, Mary Jo! I will have to try that and I can use a sweetener in tea as I’m used to that (even less calories!). Fine truffles and hazelnuts dipped in chocolate – mmm, sounds divine!

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  64. Thank you, Mary Jo! I will have to try that and I can use a sweetener in tea as I’m used to that (even less calories!). Fine truffles and hazelnuts dipped in chocolate – mmm, sounds divine!

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  65. Thank you, Mary Jo! I will have to try that and I can use a sweetener in tea as I’m used to that (even less calories!). Fine truffles and hazelnuts dipped in chocolate – mmm, sounds divine!

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  66. Maybe I should try that as I’m actually not a huge fan of M & Ms! I think it’s the crunchy coating I’m not keen on. It’s great if you are able to ration yourself like that. I really struggle with willpower, which is why it’s probably easier to just not have anything chocolatey in the house. I manage in the morning and early afternoon, but after that all my good intentions fly away … 🙂

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  67. Maybe I should try that as I’m actually not a huge fan of M & Ms! I think it’s the crunchy coating I’m not keen on. It’s great if you are able to ration yourself like that. I really struggle with willpower, which is why it’s probably easier to just not have anything chocolatey in the house. I manage in the morning and early afternoon, but after that all my good intentions fly away … 🙂

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  68. Maybe I should try that as I’m actually not a huge fan of M & Ms! I think it’s the crunchy coating I’m not keen on. It’s great if you are able to ration yourself like that. I really struggle with willpower, which is why it’s probably easier to just not have anything chocolatey in the house. I manage in the morning and early afternoon, but after that all my good intentions fly away … 🙂

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  69. Maybe I should try that as I’m actually not a huge fan of M & Ms! I think it’s the crunchy coating I’m not keen on. It’s great if you are able to ration yourself like that. I really struggle with willpower, which is why it’s probably easier to just not have anything chocolatey in the house. I manage in the morning and early afternoon, but after that all my good intentions fly away … 🙂

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  70. Maybe I should try that as I’m actually not a huge fan of M & Ms! I think it’s the crunchy coating I’m not keen on. It’s great if you are able to ration yourself like that. I really struggle with willpower, which is why it’s probably easier to just not have anything chocolatey in the house. I manage in the morning and early afternoon, but after that all my good intentions fly away … 🙂

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  71. I don’t dislike chocolate, but I don’t generally go out of my way to eat it. I prefer fruit flavors, especially lemon. Given a choice between chocolate cake and lemon cake, I’ll take the lemon any time!
    I think I might have liked hot chocolate more the unsweetened way (I like my coffee black and unsweetened), and those spice additions actually sound interesting. I might try them.

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  72. I don’t dislike chocolate, but I don’t generally go out of my way to eat it. I prefer fruit flavors, especially lemon. Given a choice between chocolate cake and lemon cake, I’ll take the lemon any time!
    I think I might have liked hot chocolate more the unsweetened way (I like my coffee black and unsweetened), and those spice additions actually sound interesting. I might try them.

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  73. I don’t dislike chocolate, but I don’t generally go out of my way to eat it. I prefer fruit flavors, especially lemon. Given a choice between chocolate cake and lemon cake, I’ll take the lemon any time!
    I think I might have liked hot chocolate more the unsweetened way (I like my coffee black and unsweetened), and those spice additions actually sound interesting. I might try them.

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  74. I don’t dislike chocolate, but I don’t generally go out of my way to eat it. I prefer fruit flavors, especially lemon. Given a choice between chocolate cake and lemon cake, I’ll take the lemon any time!
    I think I might have liked hot chocolate more the unsweetened way (I like my coffee black and unsweetened), and those spice additions actually sound interesting. I might try them.

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  75. I don’t dislike chocolate, but I don’t generally go out of my way to eat it. I prefer fruit flavors, especially lemon. Given a choice between chocolate cake and lemon cake, I’ll take the lemon any time!
    I think I might have liked hot chocolate more the unsweetened way (I like my coffee black and unsweetened), and those spice additions actually sound interesting. I might try them.

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  76. I like chocolate but it is not a necessity for me. If I have some in the house it does call to me – but I think it is mostly the sweet that I long for. We did love Cadbury but in the USA we no longer get the true version which makes all the difference. We can only get the Americanized version of it. I love Swiss chocolates and some of the local Chocolatiers make some fantastic pieces, but the cost makes me think twice – which is good.
    I enjoyed reading your blog as it gave me appreciation for your pain and glad that I do not suffer the same.

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  77. I like chocolate but it is not a necessity for me. If I have some in the house it does call to me – but I think it is mostly the sweet that I long for. We did love Cadbury but in the USA we no longer get the true version which makes all the difference. We can only get the Americanized version of it. I love Swiss chocolates and some of the local Chocolatiers make some fantastic pieces, but the cost makes me think twice – which is good.
    I enjoyed reading your blog as it gave me appreciation for your pain and glad that I do not suffer the same.

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  78. I like chocolate but it is not a necessity for me. If I have some in the house it does call to me – but I think it is mostly the sweet that I long for. We did love Cadbury but in the USA we no longer get the true version which makes all the difference. We can only get the Americanized version of it. I love Swiss chocolates and some of the local Chocolatiers make some fantastic pieces, but the cost makes me think twice – which is good.
    I enjoyed reading your blog as it gave me appreciation for your pain and glad that I do not suffer the same.

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  79. I like chocolate but it is not a necessity for me. If I have some in the house it does call to me – but I think it is mostly the sweet that I long for. We did love Cadbury but in the USA we no longer get the true version which makes all the difference. We can only get the Americanized version of it. I love Swiss chocolates and some of the local Chocolatiers make some fantastic pieces, but the cost makes me think twice – which is good.
    I enjoyed reading your blog as it gave me appreciation for your pain and glad that I do not suffer the same.

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  80. I like chocolate but it is not a necessity for me. If I have some in the house it does call to me – but I think it is mostly the sweet that I long for. We did love Cadbury but in the USA we no longer get the true version which makes all the difference. We can only get the Americanized version of it. I love Swiss chocolates and some of the local Chocolatiers make some fantastic pieces, but the cost makes me think twice – which is good.
    I enjoyed reading your blog as it gave me appreciation for your pain and glad that I do not suffer the same.

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  81. Thank you, Margot, I wish I was like you! But hopefully the sugar craving will lessen with time. I didn’t know that there was a different version of Cadbury in the US – how interesting! I wonder why they don’t use the same recipe? And yes, those handmade chocolates are very expensive, aren’t they! (But worth it occasionally).

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  82. Thank you, Margot, I wish I was like you! But hopefully the sugar craving will lessen with time. I didn’t know that there was a different version of Cadbury in the US – how interesting! I wonder why they don’t use the same recipe? And yes, those handmade chocolates are very expensive, aren’t they! (But worth it occasionally).

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  83. Thank you, Margot, I wish I was like you! But hopefully the sugar craving will lessen with time. I didn’t know that there was a different version of Cadbury in the US – how interesting! I wonder why they don’t use the same recipe? And yes, those handmade chocolates are very expensive, aren’t they! (But worth it occasionally).

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  84. Thank you, Margot, I wish I was like you! But hopefully the sugar craving will lessen with time. I didn’t know that there was a different version of Cadbury in the US – how interesting! I wonder why they don’t use the same recipe? And yes, those handmade chocolates are very expensive, aren’t they! (But worth it occasionally).

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  85. Thank you, Margot, I wish I was like you! But hopefully the sugar craving will lessen with time. I didn’t know that there was a different version of Cadbury in the US – how interesting! I wonder why they don’t use the same recipe? And yes, those handmade chocolates are very expensive, aren’t they! (But worth it occasionally).

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  86. Do let me know if you enjoy them, Lil! If you like spicy things they should definitely be for you. We are all different and although I don’t mind lemon cake, I’d go for the chocolate one any day 🙂

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  87. Do let me know if you enjoy them, Lil! If you like spicy things they should definitely be for you. We are all different and although I don’t mind lemon cake, I’d go for the chocolate one any day 🙂

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  88. Do let me know if you enjoy them, Lil! If you like spicy things they should definitely be for you. We are all different and although I don’t mind lemon cake, I’d go for the chocolate one any day 🙂

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  89. Do let me know if you enjoy them, Lil! If you like spicy things they should definitely be for you. We are all different and although I don’t mind lemon cake, I’d go for the chocolate one any day 🙂

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  90. Do let me know if you enjoy them, Lil! If you like spicy things they should definitely be for you. We are all different and although I don’t mind lemon cake, I’d go for the chocolate one any day 🙂

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  91. I am a recovered chocaholic….but I do still love it. During the lockdown, I have tried to use strategy. I know I am a person who needs something sweet during the day. So, I have been purchasing the large bags of ginger snaps, and some very plain butter cookies. I eat a couple of those during the day. It is a way to provide me with a sense of what I “think” I need.
    I reckon if I do not get the good cookies, I am doing better.
    I think this is a terrific post. I know my weaknesses, and I have a lot of them. This year I will not be buying several bags of fun size candy bars for trick or treaters. It always made me feel guilty when I hoped that not a child would appear at my door. I doubt most parents will allow their children to be going door to door, so I won’t need any candy.
    I don’t know, maybe all this sense of deprivation will allow me to realize I can live without that good stuff. Or not.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  92. I am a recovered chocaholic….but I do still love it. During the lockdown, I have tried to use strategy. I know I am a person who needs something sweet during the day. So, I have been purchasing the large bags of ginger snaps, and some very plain butter cookies. I eat a couple of those during the day. It is a way to provide me with a sense of what I “think” I need.
    I reckon if I do not get the good cookies, I am doing better.
    I think this is a terrific post. I know my weaknesses, and I have a lot of them. This year I will not be buying several bags of fun size candy bars for trick or treaters. It always made me feel guilty when I hoped that not a child would appear at my door. I doubt most parents will allow their children to be going door to door, so I won’t need any candy.
    I don’t know, maybe all this sense of deprivation will allow me to realize I can live without that good stuff. Or not.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  93. I am a recovered chocaholic….but I do still love it. During the lockdown, I have tried to use strategy. I know I am a person who needs something sweet during the day. So, I have been purchasing the large bags of ginger snaps, and some very plain butter cookies. I eat a couple of those during the day. It is a way to provide me with a sense of what I “think” I need.
    I reckon if I do not get the good cookies, I am doing better.
    I think this is a terrific post. I know my weaknesses, and I have a lot of them. This year I will not be buying several bags of fun size candy bars for trick or treaters. It always made me feel guilty when I hoped that not a child would appear at my door. I doubt most parents will allow their children to be going door to door, so I won’t need any candy.
    I don’t know, maybe all this sense of deprivation will allow me to realize I can live without that good stuff. Or not.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  94. I am a recovered chocaholic….but I do still love it. During the lockdown, I have tried to use strategy. I know I am a person who needs something sweet during the day. So, I have been purchasing the large bags of ginger snaps, and some very plain butter cookies. I eat a couple of those during the day. It is a way to provide me with a sense of what I “think” I need.
    I reckon if I do not get the good cookies, I am doing better.
    I think this is a terrific post. I know my weaknesses, and I have a lot of them. This year I will not be buying several bags of fun size candy bars for trick or treaters. It always made me feel guilty when I hoped that not a child would appear at my door. I doubt most parents will allow their children to be going door to door, so I won’t need any candy.
    I don’t know, maybe all this sense of deprivation will allow me to realize I can live without that good stuff. Or not.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  95. I am a recovered chocaholic….but I do still love it. During the lockdown, I have tried to use strategy. I know I am a person who needs something sweet during the day. So, I have been purchasing the large bags of ginger snaps, and some very plain butter cookies. I eat a couple of those during the day. It is a way to provide me with a sense of what I “think” I need.
    I reckon if I do not get the good cookies, I am doing better.
    I think this is a terrific post. I know my weaknesses, and I have a lot of them. This year I will not be buying several bags of fun size candy bars for trick or treaters. It always made me feel guilty when I hoped that not a child would appear at my door. I doubt most parents will allow their children to be going door to door, so I won’t need any candy.
    I don’t know, maybe all this sense of deprivation will allow me to realize I can live without that good stuff. Or not.
    I hope everyone is taking care and staying safe.

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  96. Thank you, Annette – I like your strategy! I’ve been eating very sweet apples, which helps a bit, and the occasional pinch of Frosties (naughty, I know). I hardly ever crave cookies or biscuits which is lucky as my husband loves them and always has some in the house. But the occasional Rich Tea biscuit is lovely! I hadn’t given any thought to Halloween but I’m sure you’re right and not that many kids will go trick or treating – how sad! But better for us as the temptation of those fun size candy bars is difficult to resist.

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  97. Thank you, Annette – I like your strategy! I’ve been eating very sweet apples, which helps a bit, and the occasional pinch of Frosties (naughty, I know). I hardly ever crave cookies or biscuits which is lucky as my husband loves them and always has some in the house. But the occasional Rich Tea biscuit is lovely! I hadn’t given any thought to Halloween but I’m sure you’re right and not that many kids will go trick or treating – how sad! But better for us as the temptation of those fun size candy bars is difficult to resist.

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  98. Thank you, Annette – I like your strategy! I’ve been eating very sweet apples, which helps a bit, and the occasional pinch of Frosties (naughty, I know). I hardly ever crave cookies or biscuits which is lucky as my husband loves them and always has some in the house. But the occasional Rich Tea biscuit is lovely! I hadn’t given any thought to Halloween but I’m sure you’re right and not that many kids will go trick or treating – how sad! But better for us as the temptation of those fun size candy bars is difficult to resist.

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  99. Thank you, Annette – I like your strategy! I’ve been eating very sweet apples, which helps a bit, and the occasional pinch of Frosties (naughty, I know). I hardly ever crave cookies or biscuits which is lucky as my husband loves them and always has some in the house. But the occasional Rich Tea biscuit is lovely! I hadn’t given any thought to Halloween but I’m sure you’re right and not that many kids will go trick or treating – how sad! But better for us as the temptation of those fun size candy bars is difficult to resist.

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  100. Thank you, Annette – I like your strategy! I’ve been eating very sweet apples, which helps a bit, and the occasional pinch of Frosties (naughty, I know). I hardly ever crave cookies or biscuits which is lucky as my husband loves them and always has some in the house. But the occasional Rich Tea biscuit is lovely! I hadn’t given any thought to Halloween but I’m sure you’re right and not that many kids will go trick or treating – how sad! But better for us as the temptation of those fun size candy bars is difficult to resist.

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  101. My husband calls me a chocoholic, and I think that’s a fair assessment. You’re a stronger woman than I am, Christina, and I admire your fortitude! Thanks for an enjoyable post.

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  102. My husband calls me a chocoholic, and I think that’s a fair assessment. You’re a stronger woman than I am, Christina, and I admire your fortitude! Thanks for an enjoyable post.

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  103. My husband calls me a chocoholic, and I think that’s a fair assessment. You’re a stronger woman than I am, Christina, and I admire your fortitude! Thanks for an enjoyable post.

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  104. My husband calls me a chocoholic, and I think that’s a fair assessment. You’re a stronger woman than I am, Christina, and I admire your fortitude! Thanks for an enjoyable post.

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  105. My husband calls me a chocoholic, and I think that’s a fair assessment. You’re a stronger woman than I am, Christina, and I admire your fortitude! Thanks for an enjoyable post.

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  106. I can take or leave chocolate. I like a bit every now and again but I wouldn’t have a sweet tooth. I much prefer something savory. One chocolate I do like is Lindt. It’s gorgeous. My husband usually buys me a box at Christmas.
    Nice post Christina.

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  107. I can take or leave chocolate. I like a bit every now and again but I wouldn’t have a sweet tooth. I much prefer something savory. One chocolate I do like is Lindt. It’s gorgeous. My husband usually buys me a box at Christmas.
    Nice post Christina.

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  108. I can take or leave chocolate. I like a bit every now and again but I wouldn’t have a sweet tooth. I much prefer something savory. One chocolate I do like is Lindt. It’s gorgeous. My husband usually buys me a box at Christmas.
    Nice post Christina.

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  109. I can take or leave chocolate. I like a bit every now and again but I wouldn’t have a sweet tooth. I much prefer something savory. One chocolate I do like is Lindt. It’s gorgeous. My husband usually buys me a box at Christmas.
    Nice post Christina.

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  110. I can take or leave chocolate. I like a bit every now and again but I wouldn’t have a sweet tooth. I much prefer something savory. One chocolate I do like is Lindt. It’s gorgeous. My husband usually buys me a box at Christmas.
    Nice post Christina.

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  111. Great post, Christina. I’m Anne Gracie and I’m a chocoholic. It’s been several weeks since my last piece of chocolate . . . *G* And I agree, the only solution is to go cold turkey. As for substitutes, a slice of cheese — brie for preference — does it for me, so I guess it’s the chocolate fat rather than the sugar that I’m addicted to.
    I’m also not a fan of the chocolate mixed with weird and wonderful ingredients, though there was a shop here that used to sell a chocolate chilli ice-cream that was delicious. The shop closed and I’ve had a craving for that ice-cream ever since. But generally I’ll go for chocolate with nuts. And I sometimes have hot chocolate, not made with milk — just the small amount that’s usual with coffee or tea — and add an extra spoonful of unsweetened Dutch cocoa, and that’s yummy.

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  112. Great post, Christina. I’m Anne Gracie and I’m a chocoholic. It’s been several weeks since my last piece of chocolate . . . *G* And I agree, the only solution is to go cold turkey. As for substitutes, a slice of cheese — brie for preference — does it for me, so I guess it’s the chocolate fat rather than the sugar that I’m addicted to.
    I’m also not a fan of the chocolate mixed with weird and wonderful ingredients, though there was a shop here that used to sell a chocolate chilli ice-cream that was delicious. The shop closed and I’ve had a craving for that ice-cream ever since. But generally I’ll go for chocolate with nuts. And I sometimes have hot chocolate, not made with milk — just the small amount that’s usual with coffee or tea — and add an extra spoonful of unsweetened Dutch cocoa, and that’s yummy.

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  113. Great post, Christina. I’m Anne Gracie and I’m a chocoholic. It’s been several weeks since my last piece of chocolate . . . *G* And I agree, the only solution is to go cold turkey. As for substitutes, a slice of cheese — brie for preference — does it for me, so I guess it’s the chocolate fat rather than the sugar that I’m addicted to.
    I’m also not a fan of the chocolate mixed with weird and wonderful ingredients, though there was a shop here that used to sell a chocolate chilli ice-cream that was delicious. The shop closed and I’ve had a craving for that ice-cream ever since. But generally I’ll go for chocolate with nuts. And I sometimes have hot chocolate, not made with milk — just the small amount that’s usual with coffee or tea — and add an extra spoonful of unsweetened Dutch cocoa, and that’s yummy.

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  114. Great post, Christina. I’m Anne Gracie and I’m a chocoholic. It’s been several weeks since my last piece of chocolate . . . *G* And I agree, the only solution is to go cold turkey. As for substitutes, a slice of cheese — brie for preference — does it for me, so I guess it’s the chocolate fat rather than the sugar that I’m addicted to.
    I’m also not a fan of the chocolate mixed with weird and wonderful ingredients, though there was a shop here that used to sell a chocolate chilli ice-cream that was delicious. The shop closed and I’ve had a craving for that ice-cream ever since. But generally I’ll go for chocolate with nuts. And I sometimes have hot chocolate, not made with milk — just the small amount that’s usual with coffee or tea — and add an extra spoonful of unsweetened Dutch cocoa, and that’s yummy.

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  115. Great post, Christina. I’m Anne Gracie and I’m a chocoholic. It’s been several weeks since my last piece of chocolate . . . *G* And I agree, the only solution is to go cold turkey. As for substitutes, a slice of cheese — brie for preference — does it for me, so I guess it’s the chocolate fat rather than the sugar that I’m addicted to.
    I’m also not a fan of the chocolate mixed with weird and wonderful ingredients, though there was a shop here that used to sell a chocolate chilli ice-cream that was delicious. The shop closed and I’ve had a craving for that ice-cream ever since. But generally I’ll go for chocolate with nuts. And I sometimes have hot chocolate, not made with milk — just the small amount that’s usual with coffee or tea — and add an extra spoonful of unsweetened Dutch cocoa, and that’s yummy.

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  116. Thank you, Teresa! I do wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth, but I’ve always been that way. Not that I don’t like savoury things, but I need something sweet afterwards. Lindt is wonderful – we always have those at Christmas too! So creamy …

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  117. Thank you, Teresa! I do wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth, but I’ve always been that way. Not that I don’t like savoury things, but I need something sweet afterwards. Lindt is wonderful – we always have those at Christmas too! So creamy …

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  118. Thank you, Teresa! I do wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth, but I’ve always been that way. Not that I don’t like savoury things, but I need something sweet afterwards. Lindt is wonderful – we always have those at Christmas too! So creamy …

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  119. Thank you, Teresa! I do wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth, but I’ve always been that way. Not that I don’t like savoury things, but I need something sweet afterwards. Lindt is wonderful – we always have those at Christmas too! So creamy …

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  120. Thank you, Teresa! I do wish I didn’t have a sweet tooth, but I’ve always been that way. Not that I don’t like savoury things, but I need something sweet afterwards. Lindt is wonderful – we always have those at Christmas too! So creamy …

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  121. LOL, Anne – sounds like we should go to a meeting together *G*! I haven’t tried cheese as a substitute, that’s a good idea. I love brie too and mild cheddar … this could become another addiction. Chocolate with nuts – yes, that’s lovely! I’ll have to allow myself to have some at Christmas I think. Can’t be good all the time!

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  122. LOL, Anne – sounds like we should go to a meeting together *G*! I haven’t tried cheese as a substitute, that’s a good idea. I love brie too and mild cheddar … this could become another addiction. Chocolate with nuts – yes, that’s lovely! I’ll have to allow myself to have some at Christmas I think. Can’t be good all the time!

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  123. LOL, Anne – sounds like we should go to a meeting together *G*! I haven’t tried cheese as a substitute, that’s a good idea. I love brie too and mild cheddar … this could become another addiction. Chocolate with nuts – yes, that’s lovely! I’ll have to allow myself to have some at Christmas I think. Can’t be good all the time!

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  124. LOL, Anne – sounds like we should go to a meeting together *G*! I haven’t tried cheese as a substitute, that’s a good idea. I love brie too and mild cheddar … this could become another addiction. Chocolate with nuts – yes, that’s lovely! I’ll have to allow myself to have some at Christmas I think. Can’t be good all the time!

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  125. LOL, Anne – sounds like we should go to a meeting together *G*! I haven’t tried cheese as a substitute, that’s a good idea. I love brie too and mild cheddar … this could become another addiction. Chocolate with nuts – yes, that’s lovely! I’ll have to allow myself to have some at Christmas I think. Can’t be good all the time!

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  126. In the US Cadbury is licensed by Hershey, and they don’t use the same mix of fats that the Brit recipe uses; the US only uses cocoa butter. It’s the FDA 🙂 Hershey isn’t what it used to be either, for that matter.
    My favorite chocolate comes from See’s. My favorite everything comes from See’s. Except that I can’t stand licorice 🙂

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  127. In the US Cadbury is licensed by Hershey, and they don’t use the same mix of fats that the Brit recipe uses; the US only uses cocoa butter. It’s the FDA 🙂 Hershey isn’t what it used to be either, for that matter.
    My favorite chocolate comes from See’s. My favorite everything comes from See’s. Except that I can’t stand licorice 🙂

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  128. In the US Cadbury is licensed by Hershey, and they don’t use the same mix of fats that the Brit recipe uses; the US only uses cocoa butter. It’s the FDA 🙂 Hershey isn’t what it used to be either, for that matter.
    My favorite chocolate comes from See’s. My favorite everything comes from See’s. Except that I can’t stand licorice 🙂

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  129. In the US Cadbury is licensed by Hershey, and they don’t use the same mix of fats that the Brit recipe uses; the US only uses cocoa butter. It’s the FDA 🙂 Hershey isn’t what it used to be either, for that matter.
    My favorite chocolate comes from See’s. My favorite everything comes from See’s. Except that I can’t stand licorice 🙂

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  130. In the US Cadbury is licensed by Hershey, and they don’t use the same mix of fats that the Brit recipe uses; the US only uses cocoa butter. It’s the FDA 🙂 Hershey isn’t what it used to be either, for that matter.
    My favorite chocolate comes from See’s. My favorite everything comes from See’s. Except that I can’t stand licorice 🙂

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  131. I’m seeing the comments with the replies properly associated, but the dates and times seem to be “most recent first” — is that the new fashion?

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  132. I’m seeing the comments with the replies properly associated, but the dates and times seem to be “most recent first” — is that the new fashion?

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  133. I’m seeing the comments with the replies properly associated, but the dates and times seem to be “most recent first” — is that the new fashion?

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  134. I’m seeing the comments with the replies properly associated, but the dates and times seem to be “most recent first” — is that the new fashion?

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  135. I’m seeing the comments with the replies properly associated, but the dates and times seem to be “most recent first” — is that the new fashion?

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  136. I’m a sugar-holic. It never mattered until I hit my 40s. I could eat anything and chocolate was my main fix. But when I realized I couldn’t process carbs the way I used to, I had to go cold turkey on the sugar. There wasn’t any way I could have it in the house and not eat. It took a few weeks, but the craving–and the bad habits–gradually faded. You’ll get there!

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  137. I’m a sugar-holic. It never mattered until I hit my 40s. I could eat anything and chocolate was my main fix. But when I realized I couldn’t process carbs the way I used to, I had to go cold turkey on the sugar. There wasn’t any way I could have it in the house and not eat. It took a few weeks, but the craving–and the bad habits–gradually faded. You’ll get there!

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  138. I’m a sugar-holic. It never mattered until I hit my 40s. I could eat anything and chocolate was my main fix. But when I realized I couldn’t process carbs the way I used to, I had to go cold turkey on the sugar. There wasn’t any way I could have it in the house and not eat. It took a few weeks, but the craving–and the bad habits–gradually faded. You’ll get there!

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  139. I’m a sugar-holic. It never mattered until I hit my 40s. I could eat anything and chocolate was my main fix. But when I realized I couldn’t process carbs the way I used to, I had to go cold turkey on the sugar. There wasn’t any way I could have it in the house and not eat. It took a few weeks, but the craving–and the bad habits–gradually faded. You’ll get there!

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  140. I’m a sugar-holic. It never mattered until I hit my 40s. I could eat anything and chocolate was my main fix. But when I realized I couldn’t process carbs the way I used to, I had to go cold turkey on the sugar. There wasn’t any way I could have it in the house and not eat. It took a few weeks, but the craving–and the bad habits–gradually faded. You’ll get there!

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  141. Thank you, Patricia, I’m sure you’re right – I just have to persevere! Glad it worked for you, that’s good to know.

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  142. Thank you, Patricia, I’m sure you’re right – I just have to persevere! Glad it worked for you, that’s good to know.

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  143. Thank you, Patricia, I’m sure you’re right – I just have to persevere! Glad it worked for you, that’s good to know.

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  144. Thank you, Patricia, I’m sure you’re right – I just have to persevere! Glad it worked for you, that’s good to know.

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  145. Thank you, Patricia, I’m sure you’re right – I just have to persevere! Glad it worked for you, that’s good to know.

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  146. Makes you wonder why they bother producing something called Cadbury’s if it isn’t going to taste like the original! That would be like making McDonald’s burgers that didn’t taste like McDonald’s … Weird! But I guess they have their reasons.

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  147. Makes you wonder why they bother producing something called Cadbury’s if it isn’t going to taste like the original! That would be like making McDonald’s burgers that didn’t taste like McDonald’s … Weird! But I guess they have their reasons.

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  148. Makes you wonder why they bother producing something called Cadbury’s if it isn’t going to taste like the original! That would be like making McDonald’s burgers that didn’t taste like McDonald’s … Weird! But I guess they have their reasons.

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  149. Makes you wonder why they bother producing something called Cadbury’s if it isn’t going to taste like the original! That would be like making McDonald’s burgers that didn’t taste like McDonald’s … Weird! But I guess they have their reasons.

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  150. Makes you wonder why they bother producing something called Cadbury’s if it isn’t going to taste like the original! That would be like making McDonald’s burgers that didn’t taste like McDonald’s … Weird! But I guess they have their reasons.

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