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It’s National Chocolate Day!!

Today, October 28, is National Chocolate Day in the United States. I am a chocoholic, but only dark chocolate. And if I have a choice, it is dark chocolate with orange.

Nothing really fancy, but this chocolate (pictured above) is my current choice. I bought it when in Canada a few weeks ago. Simply marvelous!

Due to the increased health advantages of dark chocolate over milk chocolate, I rarely eat milk chocolate anymore. My thinking is why not stick with the best! Health benefits include:

  • Blood pressure. Flavanols in dark chocolate may improve blood pressure.
  • Heart disease. May reduce heart disease by lowering risk of plaque buildup in arteries.
  • Skin. Flavanols can protect skin from sun damage and improve hydration.

I usually have a small piece of dark chocolate every day. When I was working, I found that it provided a little bump in energy in the afternoon. My favorite little snack was dark chocolate covered orange rind. A local company made them and I was hooked. Much to my dismay, they closed their business.

I also love the dark chocolate orange sticks. Trader Joe’s used to carry some, but they stopped carrying them. Heavy sigh.

When I can’t make it to any of the local chocolate stores, the following is available in most stores. Delicious and fills the need.

But, my absolute favorite dark chocolate is from Seattle Chocolates. Their Orange Appeal Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar is lip-smacking, low moaning good. My preferred method of eating is to just place a small square in my mouth and simply let it melt on its own. Smooth and flavorful.

UPDATE – I am beyond sad; this has been discontinued (per the manufacturer). No wonder I have not been able to find it recently.

Sorry, I have to go enjoy some chocolate – dark chocolate.

Managing Your Vices

I was sitting at the car dealer, waiting for the car to get serviced. Looking up, I saw this.

Yup, Vice Manager. Which of course got me thinking about my own little vices. My vice is dark chocolate.

But what exactly is a vice? An immoral or evil habit or practice.

Hmmm, I don’t think that eating chocolate should be considered as an immoral or evil habit or practice. Maybe I need a new definition.

Criminal activity involving prostitution, pornography, or drugs. Hell no, that definition won’t work for me!

A fault, defect, or shortcoming. I would hate to think of chocolate as a defect. Of course eating chocolate (in excess) could be a shortcoming with regards to a healthy weight.

Aha, the Free Merriam-Webster dictionary has a definition of vice as a minor bad habit. Now I can live with that definition. Eating dark chocolate is a minor–but oh, so tasty–vice.

So now that I have acknowledged my vice, let’s get into details.

Dark chocolate! And if it is orange dark chocolate, the better. My favorite chocolate is Seattle Chocolates Orange Appeal (great play on words) Truffle Bar.

The managing of this vice is difficult. If I happen to have one of these chocolate bars, I must devour it immediately. Not much managing going on there.

My next favorite chocolate is the little Dove Promises – Dark Chocolate, of course.

Small bites of creamy dark chocolate that indeed deliver the promise of a quality taste experience. I have a bag of these at my desk, and usually indulge in one every afternoon. Perfection in size and taste, without over doing it. And only 42 calories each.

And that is how I manage my chocolate vice. What’s your vice–your minor bad habit? And how do you manage it?