(A post by Marsha Hudnall)
So how many boxes of chocolate did you get this holiday season? My bounty included chocolate-covered chocolate cheesecake, chocolate truffles, hollow chocolate pears and apples, chocolate covered popcorn, chocolate covered cherries, chocolate kisses, chocolate hazelnut thingies, chocolate peanut butter cups, shaved chocolate for hot chocolate…and that doesn’t include what I bought for others! I love chocolate, but must admit that I’m a little tired of it at this point. I’ll put it all out for my New Year’s Eve party and am sure it will go.
One of my girlfriends will only eat dark chocolate. Partly it’s because that’s what she really likes – yay for her. But there’s another part of her that rationalizes that dark chocolate is healthier for us. Nutritionists caution us about that rationalization, though. There have been too few studies to make that a solid claim. A recent article in USA Today explains more. The president of Scharffen Berger Chocolate – one of my favorite brands! – sums it up well for me. He says they don’t make chocolate for its health benefits; they do it for its taste. Yay for him! I eat what I want, and that’s exactly why I eat it!
Photo by kashmere