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The Chocolate Fairy & Random Acts of Kindness

Updated on January 12, 2016

The Chocolate Fairy

Okay. Here’s how this started. I recently posted the following to Facebook:

The Universe is now accepting applications for "The CHOCOLATE Fairy." How to apply:

1) Proclaim your love of chocolate. Out loud. For example, stand on your chair and project well for all to hear: “Oh chocolate, how I love thee. Thou art the food of the gods!” Or you might sing, “I love chocolate, yes I do,” over and over again to your favourite tune.

2) Purchase a bar of quality dark chocolate. The pure stuff. Any flavour. Not too dark.

3) Deliver to Katrina Ariel, whose chocolate craving is currently clashing with the void of said food in her house.

All applicants get a happy face sticker and a big smile.

Sadly, I live in the country (about 30 minutes out of town) and have not yet had a chocolate delivery, but I’m still hoping. However, it got me thinking that donning the role of the Chocolate Fairy would be a great way to get in some random acts of chocolate. Um, I mean kindness.

I don’t know about you, but quality dark chocolate is essential. I read ingredients on labels, and don’t want anything artificial in there, thank you very much. Some of my favourite chocolatiers include Endangered Species, Denman Island Chocolate, Theo and Vivani.

Can you think of someone in your life who might appreciate a delicious, unannounced gift? You might consider adding something chocolatey next time you’re in the grocery store. Maybe you’ll even wrap it with a bow, or tape a note to it.

I’ve tried going without chocolate at times in my life. I can do it, but I’d rather not. If you’re one of those people who abstains from chocolate, please know I don’t think any less of you, in fact, you have phenomenal will power, so go you!

But for the rest of us, the global community of chocolate lovers, the idea of the Chocolate Fairy is like a glimmer of hope in the dark of winter. I vote for as many Chocolate Fairies as possible, really. We need more than one.


“May your life be filled, as mine has been, with love and laughter; and remember, when things are rough all you need is ... Chocolate.” 
― Geraldine Solon

Chocolate Saves the Day

Imagine yourself going about your day. Maybe you’re overworked (aren’t we all?), or perhaps you’ve been struggling with something personal.

Then, someone shows up with a big smile on their face, and gives you a bar of chocolate. They wish you well and leave you to your treat. It’s something that might just turn a not-so-great day into a fantastic one!

Or, maybe you feel great, on top of the world and wanting to share all that enthusiasm. Wouldn’t it be nice to be make someone else feel appreciated? I bet you know someone who would accept a chocolate offering with gratitude.

Chocolate and flowers might be cliché gifts, but they matter. I’d say they’re cornerstones of the foundation of thoughtfulness.

Sure, there are tons of other ways to show someone you care and make them feel special, so by all means do so! But giving chocolate is easy. It doesn’t have to be expensive, and can even have health benefits (if you value antioxidants and stimulating serotonin over the accompanying sugar rush.)

“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” 
― Katharine Hepburn

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." — Charles M. Schulz

Random Acts of Kindness (Beyond Chocolate)

Okay, so this article is part silliness, partially about the love of chocolate, but the heart of it is this:

It’s pretty awesome to make someone feel special.

In fact, making someone’s day can be a huge feeling of personal satisfaction. It doesn’t have to cost money either, or even involve chocolate. Here are some ideas for random acts of kindness:

  • Write a love-note on sticky paper and hide it in your spouse or kid’s lunch.
  • Brush the snow off someone else’s windshield, or shovel their sidewalk.
  • Give flowers for no reason.
  • Pay someone’s grocery bill, or toll, or lunch bill.
  • Complement someone, out of the blue.
  • Smile! It’s contagious.

And, of course, those who love chocolate would always appreciate an unlooked-for treat!

What are your ideas for random acts of kindness? Please comment below and share!

“Your hand and your mouth agreed many years ago that, as far as chocolate is concerned, there is no need to involve your brain.” 
― Dave Barry

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“Coffee and chocolate—the inventor of mocha should be sainted.” 
― Cherise Sinclair

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My current favourite chocolate bar is . . . Endangered Species dark chocolate with almonds and sea salt. YUM!

Chocolate Eating Tips

It’s easy to plow through a bar of chocolate (ahem, did I just say that out loud?), but it’s even better to go slowly and savor it. Did you know that there are yoga classes that start with a bit of dark chocolate? It enhances the practice, high on breathing and that little bit of bittersweet delicacy.

Tips for eating chocolate:

  • Go for the quality stuff (see above.) Dark chocolate is healthiest.
  • Pay attention while you eat it. If you’re putting it in your mouth without really tasting it, you miss out on so much!
  • Sharing chocolate is good karma. Even if you don’t want to share, try. You’ll survive, and make friends at the same time.
  • If you accidentally overdose on chocolate, lettuce is a good idea. So is water. Maybe Rescue Remedy. Definitely breathe lots. Brush your teeth. Get out for a walk.
  • Chocolate chips can be paired with nuts for a healthier snack. The protein and fat from the nuts balances out the sugar.
  • Moderation is optional.

Can you give me your best chocolate eating tip?

Please post it in a comment below, and let me know your favourite flavour too! You never know, the Chocolate Fairy might be watching and taking notes.

“Chocolate symbolizes, as does no other food, luxury, comfort, sensuality, gratification, and love.” 
― Karl Petzke

“When we don't have the words chocolate can speak volumes.” 
― Joan Bauer

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