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Are you a real chocoholic? Test yourself to know if you're the real thing!

Updated on November 22, 2010
After trying this mixture, you'll know once and for all if it's the chocolate you're after... or just delicious, fatty sweets (they're awesome too, you know).
After trying this mixture, you'll know once and for all if it's the chocolate you're after... or just delicious, fatty sweets (they're awesome too, you know).
It’s quite common to hear people refer to themselves as chocoholics.  But are they really?  Perhaps you fancy yourself to be a chocoholic as well.  But is it really chocolate you crave?  Or do you just like chocolate flavored treats?  

I have often wondered how I might separate the real chocolate addicts from those of us who just like sweets (which have their own, but different, addictive draws).  Finally, I formulated a test that will prove, once and for all, your true classification.

The ingredients are simple enough
The ingredients are simple enough
In they go!
In they go!

What is the test?

To determine whether or not you’re a true chocoholic or not, we must do a taste test.  What I suggest you try is a mixture I’ve developed consisting of nothing more than plain, nonfat yogurt and Dutched cocoa powder.  

I recommend you try these two ingredients, mixed together until smooth, in a one-to-ten weight ratio of cocoa powder relative to yogurt.  I actually eat this snack a lot (yeah, I’m a real chocoholic, according to my test at least), and regularly mix 30 grams of cocoa powder with 300 grams of yogurt, but that’s an awful lot, and for your test, you need only mix 10 grams of cocoa with 100 grams of yogurt.  

The first time you taste this mixture, you’ll be overcome by the impression that it’s bitter.  That’s to be expected- just think of unsweetened cocoa as you would coffee.  They’re not so different, and when you avoid sweetening either, you can truly appreciate the complexity of the roasted bean itself.

And here is where the test comes in.  If you develop a liking for this snack, chances are your true love is chocolate, and not its sweet, fatty carriers.  If you don’t like the mixture and it doesn’t grow on you, you will know conclusively that chocolate- at least in its most basic components- is not your true love.

So! Are you a chocoholic?

What was the outcome of your test?

See results

Why does the test work?

There are two primary reasons why this test is at least moderately valid.

For one thing, we as humans are designed to love fats and sugars.  They’re good, and even if other ingredients mixed in with them are not to our liking, we’re more likely to enjoy them anyway simply because they’re reinforced with those other highly attractive components.

By removing the sweetness and fat from the chocolate, you’re left with no powerful distractions.  If you were just along for the sugar-fat ride, you’ll be getting off the bus here.

There’s another reason why I use cocoa powder for this test and not liquor or some other unsweetened chocolate substance.  Cocoa powder holds the highest concentration of theobromine, a chemical substance (also called xantheose) that may be a component of chocolate’s potentially addictive properties.

Theobromine is a stimulant similar to caffeine, and also a diuretic and vasodilator (it widens your blood vessels).  It is also known as being a compelling component of chocolate’s function as an aphrodisiac, can reduce coughing and symptoms of asthma, and may help to prevent cancer.

My thinking is this: if you’re hooked on theobromine and want to see if you are, the best way to test your reaction is to take a large dose of it.  This yogurt-cocoa powder snack packs a ton of it.

More about the Cocoa-Powder & Yogurt Mixture

I tried this one on a whim (needed chocolate, ran out of sweets and didn’t have time to bake something) and got hooked.  Ever since, I’ve been hooked.

I find this chocolate-yogurt snack to be a great pick-me-up.  It’s packed with protein, it’s a stimulant, and it’s low in fat- yet incredibly rich and filling.  In fact, theobromine is actually known to suppress appetite, and I’ve found that after eating this, I’m not hungry for hours and hours- even when I want to be.  I actually have to be careful to eat it only after everything else at night, or early in the afternoon so I can still enjoy supper.  

Do keep in mind, though, that if you try this mixture using normal, un-alkalized cocoa powder, you’ll barely be able to choke it down, chocolate addiction or not!  Dutched cocoa has been treated with alkali to neutralize its acidity.  This allows you to really taste the chocolate.  Dutched cocoa powder is harder to get than the normal stuff though- so when you’re looking at ingredients, make sure your powder is either listed as “Dutched” or “treated with alkali.”

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I hope you enjoy it as much as I do, SanneL!

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      I love yogurt, especially the Greek thick yogurt, and I definitely like the bitterness of dark chocolate, so I will try this one out. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks jacqui2011! Sounds like you've got a sweet tooth! Those are fun :D

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      jacqui2011 6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      What an interesting hub. I don't think I am a chocoholic, but I do love the taste of chocolate. In fact I like anything sweet. Great hub.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hurrah! Chocoholics UNITE!

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      emilybee 7 years ago

      How interesting! I am pretty sure I am a chocoholic ;) but I'll try your test to verify for sure! Thanks for the yummy yummy hub.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh, I'm so glad you like it! Chocolate really does come out to play when distractions like sugar and other flavors and fillings aren't there to serve as a distraction :D

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      Lyn.Stewart 7 years ago from Auckland, New Zealand

      yummmmmm - I love the bitterness it's like the bitterness of dark gurana chocolate (my favourite)

      Thanks for this it's nice to learn a way to enjoy the tast without all the added sugar

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hehee, well, we'll see I suppose, if you ever give it a try! It's not for everyone, but the chocolate is DEFINITELY there XD

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love chocolate very much. Maybe I am in the categories of chocoholic person. I never try chocolate-yogurt snack. But I believe this is the delicious one. Thank you very much.~prasetio

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hahaa- I'm interested to see how it goes! I bet most people won't like it XD

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      kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      I'll definitely try that some time. Then I'll have to come back and take your poll. :) I think I'm more of an everything-sweet-a-holic. haha. Very interesting hub!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 7 years ago from San Francisco

      @blark- yeah, It's great as a flavor! I'm a fan of all its forms ^_^

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      blark 7 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      A most interesting hub indeed! I wouldn't really call myself a chocoholic so I don't think I'll be trying this out, but I do like chocolate flavor, as you say!

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