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Giving Up Chocolate?

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At this time of year, some people give up something dear to them for Lent. I've never attended a church that taught this practice, and my only experience with it is growing up in a neighborhood with a lot of kids whose families gave up things for Lent. My young friends would give up things like popsicles, which was not difficult at that time of year in Ohio. Anyway, today's blog post is from an e-mail this week that made me LOL. (Thanks, Joe!) This might make anyone who gave up chocolate for Lent or for any other reason wonder why in the world they did.

Giving Up Chocolate?
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I was walking down the street when I was accosted by a particularly dirty and shabby-looking homeless woman who asked me for a couple of dollars for dinner.

I took out my wallet, got out ten dollars and asked, "If I give you this money, will you buy chocolate with it instead of dinner?"

"No, I had to stop eating chocolate years ago," the homeless woman told me.

"Will you use it to go shopping instead of buying food?" I asked.

"No, I don't waste time shopping," the homeless woman said. "I need to spend all my time trying to stay alive."

"Will you spend this on a beauty salon instead of food?" I asked.

"Are you crazy?!' replied the homeless woman. I haven't had my hair done in 20 years!"

"Well, I said, "I'm not going to give you the money." I paused and watched her expression before continuing, "Instead, I'm going to take you out for dinner with my husband and me tonight."

The homeless woman said in shocked disbelief, "Won't your husband be furious with you for doing that?! I know I'm dirty, and I probably smell disgusting."

"That's okay," I replied. "It's important for him to see what a woman looks like after she has given up shopping, hair appointments, and chocolate."

picture of dinner invitee

What are your thoughts on chocolate? What's the best (or worst) chocolate you've ever had?


"Inside some of us is a thin person struggling to get out, but he can usually be sedated with a few pieces of chocolate." - a Chocaholics Anonymous member

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Save our planet — it's the only one with chocolate!

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20 Comments on “Giving Up Chocolate?”

  1. #1 Dahv
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 7:18 am

    I saw this comic last night and thought of it while reading through this post. 🙂


    It’s pretty funny, as are many of them in the archive.

    That animation is pretty disturbing — was it part of the story? 😀

  2. #2 Becka
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    I think the worst chocolate I ever had was that Russian chocolate that Tatiana served us in Vernon. It was definitely waxy.

  3. #3 Rob
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 8:11 am

    @Dahv – Good to hear from you! The comic was indeed funny. Thanks for sharing it. That disturbing, animated picture was part of the e-mail I received. I just had to resize it to fit the content column of my blog.

    @Becka – Oh, yeah, I had forgotten about that chocolate. We ate some “interesting” things at their home, some of which were actually quite tasty, like that garlic chese. Mmm!

  4. #4 Donna
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Once I was melting baking chocolate for a recipe — my husband came in and wanted to lick the spoon when I was done. Without thinking, I let him. Oops! He thought I did it on purpose (which would actually have been really funny …).

  5. #5 Carrie
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Ha! Thanks for the laugh. I think my favorite chocolate is the mousse that our pastor’s wife makes. Or is it Mississippi Mud Cake?

  6. #6 Jenn
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 11:07 am

    The worst chocolate I have ever had (and I love chocolate!) was from Trader Joe’s in Atlanta, GA, which usually has some awesome chocolate. It was a special chocolate mixed with cayenne pepper, I think, or some other spicy pepper. It was so disgusting and made me feel so sick I had to leave work and go home for the day. I shiver just thinking about it….

  7. #7 b.j.
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 11:26 am

    The truffles my friend and I make from Ghiardelli Dark chocolate has to be my favorite! I must admit though, I could take or leave chocolate. Not a big deal. My sister doesn’t like it at all. But, that’s okay. My other sister makes up for the both of us! 🙂
    I love this post. Hilarious!

  8. #8 Laura
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    I am a huge fan of dark chocolate, especially those Ghiardelli bars with the raspberry filling. There’s a reason I don’t frequent the Campus Store very regularly…. 🙂

  9. #9 Kathleen
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Best chocolate? Hard to say, but Hershey’s dark chocolate would certainly be up there. And it isn’t even available here! 🙁

    Worst chocolate would definitely be some Michael bought in France. Passion fruit and jalapeño? Michael liked it, but then, Michael is the person who does things like ketchup on baked potatoes…

  10. #10 Vikki
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    I love dark chocolate, but my favorite chocolates are Fannie May truffles and pixies. You can only find them in certain parts of the country and, unfortunately, not where I live now. However, I must say that they aren’t as good as they used to. They were originally a Chicago based company but were sold to some other company in PA. The new company promised they weren’t going to change the recipe, and I don’t think they did, but they definitely skimp on the chocolate coating.

  11. #11 Deborah
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks for a great laugh! (John Mark laughed, too!)

    The best chocolate I’ve ever had… Hmmm…

    I remember sampling some delicacies at a little chocolate shoppe in Charleston. The proprietor gave me a big discount because I knew something about the French-speaking country in a newspaper article framed on the wall…

    BUT, I’d really have to say that the BEST chocolate is concocted (and sometimes shared!) by our very own (famous!) cousin, Karen, who works at The American Club. (She may also read this post.)


  12. #12 Deb
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Rob ~ I haven’t commented in awhile, but after seeing that lady w/o a chocolate fix, I knew I had to send the link to my husband and leave a comment here. That is hilarious!

    I’m a chocolate lover but not a lover of dark chocolate (the kind that’s supposed to be good for you!). So I’d say ANY dark chocolate is my worse chocolate…sometimes I’ll try one and then have to discreetly get rid of the piece. One of the most recent BEST chocolate tastes I’ve had in quite awhile is a new recipe my daughter tried for St. Patrick’s Day called Chocolate Grasshopper Cheesecake….it’s quite yummy with chocolate in the crust, chocolate swirled in the cheesecake itself, and chocolate pieces all around the whipped cream border. YUM!

    Here’s the link: http://girottifamily.typepad.com/mountain_musings/2010/03/chocolate-grasshopper-cheesecake.html

  13. #13 Bonnijean Marley
    on Mar 18th, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    The best chocolate was Lake Champlain chocolate truffles that we got on a trip to Vermont. Since that trip, we’ve ordered from them a couple of times. That chocolate is so good. Their truffles are exquisite. The worst chocolate is the off-brand chocolate like Palmer you find at discount stores at holidays.

  14. #14 Sandra Colagiacomo
    on Mar 19th, 2010 at 12:53 am

    The best chocolate I ever had came from a cafe on the Rue de Rivoli in Paris named “Angelina’s”. A chocolatier and pâtisserie in front and a restaurant in back, it was probably the ultimate tourist trap, but the chocolates were divine and the hot chocolate was like drinking a melted dark chocolate bar with extra whipped cream served on the side. You could almost feel your arteries closing up in sheer bliss.

    My dearest friend is named Angie, but I have called her “Angelina” for many years. Naturally I had to buy her the chocolate pot and cups with “her” name in gold and a box of truffles to complete the set.

    Please excuse any errors in my French spelling. I lasted a week in high school French with a teacher who had a passion for absolutely nothing, French included.

  15. #15 Rob
    on Mar 19th, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Thanks to all for your ratings of various chocolates! There is a lot of both excellent and inferior stuff out there. My relatives in France claim that Belgian chocolate is the best. The last time we were in France, we were able to go to Brugges and we did taste some amazing chocolate there! Becka and I went to a little shop our friend Pam had told us about and the hot chocolate was like what you described, Sandra.

    @Donna – I was babysitting one time and was told I could eat anything I wanted to. I saw some baking chocolate in the cupboard and thought, “Yum! Chocolate!” It was hours before the bitter taste was out of my mouth! Poor Rick!

    @Jenn – Last summer at IT, someone brought in a bar of chocolate with hot peppers in them. We knew it was there, so it wasn’t like a prank. It was just kind of weird — not bad, not good, just weird … to me, at least. 🙂

    Keep the comments coming! I think I’m going to go eat a couple chocolate chips….

  16. #16 Vikki
    on Mar 19th, 2010 at 7:56 am

    I’ve not tried the peppered chocolate and I don’t think I want to. But, with Easter coming, I remembered a kind of chocolate that doesn’t deserve the name, (guess that’s why they call it “flavored”). It’s got to be the HUGE, hollow, $2 Easter bunnies in a box!

  17. #17 Rob
    on Mar 19th, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    @Vikki – The chocolate with the chili peppers in it was definitely chocolaty, but there was a warm after-glow that was, well, odd. Oh, yeah, those nasty hollow Easter bunnies! Who could forget those?!

  18. #18 Ann B.
    on Mar 23rd, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Worst chocolate – the cheap stuff you get at Easter in the cheaper bags at the grocery store. Or, a chocolate cake that doesn’t have enough chocolate in it.

    Best chocolate – about impossible to decide. One person above said Fannie Maes – that’s at or near the top of the list. Their chocolate toffees are THE BEST. My sister used to mail them to me from Michigan.

    However, you also can’t beat plain old M&Ms melted for 45 seconds in the microwave!

  19. #19 Rob
    on Mar 27th, 2010 at 7:50 am

    @Ann B. – Thanks for your thoughts on chocolate. We’ll have to try your tip on M&M’s — sounds good!

  20. #20 Sue
    on Mar 28th, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    My favorite chocolate would be Ghiardelli brownies, although I agree with Deborah that Karen’s chocolate turtles are amazing.

    I believe heaven will have chocolate trees!