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Confessions of a Chocoholic

Updated on February 8, 2015

Mixed Chocolate Candy

I Love Chocolate

I am a chocoholic. I love chocolate. At times it is my best friend. Some times it is my only friend. I can eat it at any part of the day. There have been times when I have eaten an entire 16 oz. bag of chocolate, a small box of candy or a giant size bar of chocolate in one sitting. This hasn't happen in a long time. But the cravings for chocolate are always there. "My name is Sandy and I'm a chocoholic!"

When I have been dieting, I have ignored this craving and carried on. Other times I have caved in to it. I will start with a small piece of chocolate, savor it and taste the creamy rich luxurious goodness; let it melt in my mouth and close my eyes in ecstasy. Then devour the rest.

Chocolate of Choice

Ghirardelli Signature Squares

Chocolate has been the love of my life since I was a little girl. It was a family tradition. Coming home from Sunday school, we would stop at the corner store. Everyone was entitled to pick up one candy bar of choice. I would go for the Flick chocolate wafers from Ghirardelli. I remember they came in a tube with the chocolate wafers stack on top each other. I would take each wafer and let the chocolate slowly melt in my mouth. There was no better chocolate than Flick. I have not seen these in the store since I was a child. Not sure if they still make them, but I do love their chocolate. These are now my favorite from Ghirardelli. The Ghirardelli Signature Squares are quite heavenly in taste.

See what I mean!

Ghirardelli signature Squares on Amazon

Art of Appreciation Gift Baskets Love and Joy of Ghirardelli Chocolate

Hershey's Gift Box

Hershey's Chocolate and Chocolate Factories

My wish list is to experience chocolate from all over the world. Beside chocolate from America, I have eaten Canadian and Belgian chocolate. On my wish list is to visit all the chocolate factories in the world.

We did get a chance to visit Hershey's Chocolate World, here in America. They do not show the actual factory. But the tour/store is the closest that is offered to the public. The aroma of this Hershey’s Chocolate was everywhere.

So many more countries and chocolate factories to explore!

See what Amazon has available with Hershey's Chocolate.

Hershey’s Chocolate World on Amazon Here

History of Chocolate

Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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Dark Chocolate is Good for You

Not all Chocolate is bad for you. Studies have shown the higher the carob content the healthier it is to consume, in moderation of course. Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that eat up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments. Dark chocolate in unrepentant studies have shown that it can lower one's blood pressure. This type of chocolate contains natural stimulants, which enhance focus and concentration, and stimulates the production of endorphins, which helps improve mood. It is recommended that eating 1/2 ounce to 1 ounce a day to get all the benefits you need.

White Chocolate and milk chocolate will not have these benefits. Milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate.

Godiva Sampler Chocolate Gift Basket

Chocolate Great Gift Ideas

Truffles, Recipe Cards, Humor and Brownies

Chocolate Switch Plate Covers, Shirts, Mouse Pads, Gift Baskets and More on 3DRose

Chocolate on 3DRose

See all of the various products with designs by Sandy Mertens when you scroll down each individual index page on 3DRose. You will see my name about 3/4s down the list with the links to get product design page. Above are some of the gift items with chocolate designs. Here are a couple of page examples.

Sandy Mertens Chocolate Quotes - Coffee Gift Basket – View Here

Sandy Mertens Chocolate Designs – Sweatshirt – View Here

Chocolate and Recipe Calendars

Chocolate Never Looked So Good

Calendars on Zazzle - View Here

The first calendar showing above has photos of chocolate desserts and goodies throughout. The second calendar has a recipe for each month. Including a couple of recipes for chocolate treats.

Shirts, Clocks,Mugs, Neckties and More

Chocolate on Many Gift on Zazzle

Chocolate Holidays Found on the Internet

* American Chocolate Week--March 14-20

* National Chocolate Day--October 28

* National Chocolate Day--December 28

* National Chocolate Day--December 29

* National Milk Chocolate Day--July 28

* National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day--November 7

* National Chocolate Mint Day--February 19

* National Chocolate Chip Day--May 15

* National Chocolate Eclair Day--June 22

* National Chocolate Covered Anything Day--December 16

* National Chocolate Covered Raisins Day--March 24

* National Chocolate Custard Month--May 1-31

* National Chocolate Pudding Day--June 26

* National Chocolate Ice Cream Day--June 7

* National Chocolate Milkshake Day--September 12

Have I forgotten any holiday?

If so, let me know in the comment section.

Leonidas Belgian Chocolates: 100 Year Anniversary Tin

© 2009 Sandy Mertens

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      cinderella14 Just think about all the chocolate holidays that you can celebrate.

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      Sharon 3 years ago from Philippines

      I am also a chocolate lover and I love this hub for giving some things about chocolates. I was also amazed to know there are holiday for each kind of chocolates. Cool!

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      I love chocolate in any shape or form!

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      I love any chocolate, but my wife hates it. Strange!!

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      poutine 5 years ago

      Yes, I confess, I am one.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesome lens! Of course, now I'm craving some nice dark chocolate... Ritter is one of my favorite brands. :) Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      ResearchAddict 6 years ago

      I love Swiss chocolate! And Italian chocolate! Here are some you might like...

      1. Lindor truffles with rasberry filling

      2. Perugina Baci chocolate

      3. Ragusa chocolate

      All these I find super yummy!

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Ooh, delicious. I love Zotter chocolate (handmade in Austria), Milka (also from Austria), Godiva (from Belgium). I love the fact that chocolate is good for you! :)

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      LisaDH 8 years ago

      I love chocolate, too. The world would be a sad, sad place without it.

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      Now that made me really hungry for some chocolate - hmmm do I have any?

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      This lens looks good enough to eat but then I am a big time chocolaholic.

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      Lisa 8 years ago from Rhode Island

      mmm yum love chocolate

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Love chocolate also, but these days I'm trying to be more

      careful and not eat it so often.

      Poutine

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      Dianne Loomos 8 years ago

      I know dark chocolate is healthier but I love milk chocolate. Canadian Cadbury milk chocolate is wonderful! We also have a local chocolatier who makes fabulous chocolate. Yay for chocolate! If it's not chocolate it's not candy is my motto.

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      puzzlerpaige 8 years ago

      Just looking at the pictures of chocolate in this lens made me smile. Yes, chocolate is a wonderful friend.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Oh man! I love those chocolate wafers! This lens makes me want chocolate! Yummy!

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      ulla_hennig 8 years ago

      I love chocolate, too! All kinds of, I must admit.

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      Brookelorren LM 8 years ago

      Yummy

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      Joan4 8 years ago

      Loved that list of chocolate holidays! Who knew? I do love chocolate! This lens was fun and delicious to read!

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      Rhonda Albom 8 years ago from New Zealand

      I love chocolate and this lens! I was thrilled when they first started saying dark chocolate was good for you - its that itty bitty quantity that I struggle with!

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      andreaberrios lm 8 years ago

      Yummy! I really love chocolates! There is no way I would stop eating chocolates, not even when I'm on a diet ;) Great lens. 5*

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      needatitleokc 8 years ago

      very good I love chocolate too, especially the dark choclate.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

      Hi, my name is Sylvestermouse and I am a Chocoholic:)

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love the dark chocolate! great lens!

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      RuthCoffee 8 years ago

      Chocolate deserves it's own food group, it's way too special to not have it's own designation.