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Sunday Scribblings – #105 Chocolate

Happy Sunday, everyone!

Every Wednesday, blogging buddy Aaron over at The Confusing Middle posts a “Sunday Scribblings” prompt for other bloggers to ponder and respond to on the following Sunday. If you’re a blogger looking for more inspiration, I highly recommend jumping in and joining in on the fun!

This week’s prompt is: Chocolate!




I was at the bakery on Friday morning picking up breakfast for the house, and I couldn’t help but to overhear this conversation between a young girl and the woman who was with her.

“I want a cupcake!” The little girl exclaimed, standing in front of the case holding ornately decorated cupcakes with colorful icing.

“Okay, what kind?” The woman asked her.

“Chocolate!”

“Okay. What color do you want?”

“Chocolate!”

“Yes, I’ll get you a chocolate cupcake, but what color?”

“…chocolate!”

“I — okay, pink or blue?”

“Pink!”

I laughed to myself and turned to the exasperated adult.

“She was very concerned that you weren’t going to get her a chocolate cupcake.”

She laughed with me and then paid so they could go enjoy their chocolate cupcake with pink frosting.
After seeing this exchange, I couldn’t not begin this Sunday Scribblings post with it. Especially because I can relate to the little girl in this situation. Don’t give me vanilla. Not when chocolate is an option.

As a metaphor for how people have different tastes, my great grandmother used to say “that’s why they make chocolate and vanilla.” But the vanilla people are wrong. I don’t make the rules.

I’ve always been a chocolate fiend, even when I was as young as the girl at the bakery.

My grandmother still tells the story of the time I sprinted into her house as a child and when she asked me what was wrong, I exclaimed, “I’M HAVING A CHOCOLATE FIT!”

Another time when I was younger, my grandfather told me that he wanted to have a birthday cake for Jesus at our Christmas Eve dinner. As everyone knows, the type of cake is the choice of the birthday person, so I made sure to assert, “Jesus likes chocolate.”

What can I say, I have a lot of feelings about chocolate! In fact, I have so many feelings about chocolate that I have no idea how I’m going to write a cohesive post about it all…but I’m going to try!

Like most kids, I preferred milk chocolate when I was younger, but eventually became a sophisticated intellectual who loves dark chocolate. Now, I find milk chocolate wholly unappetizing, so I get really excited when they remake any classic milk chocolate treat in dark chocolate. In college, I bought a dark chocolate Kit-Kat every time I went to the convenience store on campus. I wish that they would make all chocolate candies in dark chocolate. My favorite candy bar is the Reese’s NutRageous, and if they made that in dark chocolate, I might actually explode.

A few years ago, I found one of my favorites, Buncha Crunch, in dark chocolate in the store Face Values and I almost dropped to my knees and wept with joy. Dan was quite embarrassed by the scene I was causing. So, you know, win-win!

I’ve always been known for my love of chocolate (and not just by the now-deeply-upset workers from Face Values). In college, I always had chocolate animal crackers in my dorm room. My love for chocolate custard is unparalleled. When I go out for ice cream (if there is no chocolate custard), I get a flavor with a chocolate base or a milkshake with chocolate ice cream mixed with an ice cream that goes well with chocolate like peanut butter, coconut, or caramel. Pro tip: if you’re at Cold Stone Creamery and not sure if you should get their dark chocolate or their chocolate cake batter ice cream, ask them to mix the two. You’re welcome.

At one of my previous jobs, one of our customers was a chocolate retailer. A salesman went to their factory for a meeting and came back with a bunch of “rejected” misshapen chocolate. There was an industrial size bag of caramel-filled dark chocolates that I took and put directly in my desk. I told everyone that they could come and get a couple of chocolates if they wanted to, but I wasn’t letting anyone take the giant bag from me. It was mine.

In my house, we have a “candy corner” where everyone goes immediately when they enter because they know we have a wide variety of delicious candies and chocolates there. Since I’ve started working at the marshmallow shop, I try to keep us stocked with the signature treat from there: a vanilla marshmallow topped with homemade caramel and covered in dark chocolate. They can’t be beat!

The one chocolate treat we’ve bought recently that has been a big hit are these hazelnut Lindt chocolates. They are little, two-bite hazelnut dark chocolate bars that are smooth and delicious. At this point, people ask us to bring Ziplocs full of them to every family gathering. The problem is that while we used to have a Lindt store near us, it has closed and we now have to drive over an hour for our Lindt chocolates. What used to be a regular $25 trip to the Lindt store is now a rare $250 trip to the Lindt store.

Worth it.

Nowadays, my sweet tooth isn’t as strong. Since sugar can trigger some stomach issues for me, I really have to enjoy it in moderation. And now that it has the tendency to cause me so much pain, I don’t even really crave it anymore. The one time I really will indulge is when I’m having a rough day and just need something small to raise my spirits. In order to get those endorphins going, I’ll have one of those two-bite hazelnut Lindt chocolates. They’re perfect for that little midday pick-me-up.

But I can’t have them too late, of course, or else the caffeine in the dark chocolate might keep me up…

26 thoughts on “Sunday Scribblings – #105 Chocolate

  1. Oh wow, your chocolate post is much more in-depth than mine! I enjoy a little bit of dark chocolate but find it bitter so try to stay away from it. I am one of those people (who will probably infuriate you) that loves white chocolate haha. But most of the time I do gravitate to milk chocolate for treats and things.

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    1. Lol nooooooo…white chocolate isn’t even really chocolate >< but yes, I have always had way too many feelings about chocolate, even now when I don’t eat it too much anymore 😅

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  2. Love the part about the “rejected” chocolates! Years ago, one of the people I worked with brought a plate of chocolate chip cookies to the office, explaining that she had made cookies for her boyfriend and those were the rejects because they weren’t perfectly round. My own lack of caring about their shape was obvious with the first handful.

    Speaking of one of your other food obsessions, Suzi told me that when she was grocery shopping the other day, she was standing in front of the frozen foods section trying to remember which kind of French fries I liked. I told her I was fine with whatever, but she insisted she was sure I liked one kind more than another. (I like steak fries because I like them all. Annoying you is just a bonus. LOL)

    She told me she got shoestring fries, which I originally told her were my least-favorite because the super-skinny ones are hard to handle with ketchup on them, but the shoestrings are more like what you get at McDonald’s or Burger King, which are fine. 🙂

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  3. I have a huge sweet tooth. If every meal I consumed was mostly sugar, I’d die a very quick and happy death. But since I’m an intuitive eater and understand that moderation is key, I tend to only keep 2 types of chocolate treats in the house: milk chocolate Lindt balls and milk chocolate covered honeycomb. I have one or the other after each meal and it usually hits the spot. I’ve started coming around to dark chocolate recently, but it’s still not the type I crave.

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    1. Intuitive eating is what’s up 🙌🙌 actually, my intuitive eating dietitian recommended that I keep *more* of what I love in my house because easy access makes binging less likely! I’ve found that it does work for me…although if all we had was milk chocolate, I guess I’d stay away from it altogether 😜

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      1. If I keep my guilty pleasures around all the time, then I’d treat everyday as a ‘special occasion’. Same with snack foods; if they’re within reach, they will wind up in my digestive system whether I’m hungry or not. Have you tried those new Cheeze It White Cheddar Puffs?? Like crack I tell ya!! It takes every ounce of willpower for me not to finish off an entire bag in one sitting!

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      2. Haha! I thought I would, too, but the novelty fades after a bit for me. Then again, I generally get bored too easily of things in life 🤣 hahaha I have not…and maybe I should not…

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      3. Seeings as I eat the same exact meal every single work day and have been doing so for 5 years… things don’t really get old for me. I think it’s one of my super powers. 🦹‍♀️

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      4. Hahaha it sounds like it! Yeah it’s a shame, snacks will go bad because I’ll crave them every day for 3 weeks and stock up then not eat them for 2 years 🤣

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    1. Highly recommend finding a place with soft-serve ice cream. It’s the best 🤤 and I’m glad that you got to enjoy some dark chocolate today!

      Thanks for checking out the blog, liking, and commenting…I appreciate it! ☺️

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