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Dark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate

Updated on March 21, 2013

My Opinion

Dark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate

In my search for healthy eating, I did not want to eliminate chocolate, since it is a happy food and makes me smile. My problem was all the sugar in milk chocolate was creating havoc with my husband's bloods sugar.

We both wanted to continue eating what we love, but not harm our health. So we researched and found that dark chocolate, over 70% has heart healthy benefits and much less sugar than milk chocolate.

Dark chocolate can be bitter and not a smooth as milk chocolate, but if you start with lower percentages of dark and gradually work your way to 70% and above you will be rewarded with better health and lots of great taste and a candy you can eat without worrying about what it is doing to your health.

Chocolate Choices - Pick the One you Love

White Dark and Milk Chocolate
White Dark and Milk Chocolate

I know it is not easy to change from something you love to something you think is good for you, so I would like to know what type of chocolate do you usually eat?

What Kind of Chocolate Do You Usually Eat?

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cocoa beans

What is White Chocolate

Do You Really Want to Know

I am sorry to say that white chocolate is not technically chocolate. In order to be labeled chocolate, it must also contain cocoa solids from chocolate liquor, which is found in all chocolate except white chocolate.

White chocolate contains cocoa butter but not cocoa solids, so it may have a slight chocolate flavor but cannot be defined, according to the FDA, as chocolate. Sad but true, for those of you who love white chocolate. Since cocoa butter is the fat part of the chocolate almost all of the health benefits derived from chocolate are not present in white chocolate.

The cocoa bean contains both cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Both are found in real chocolate, but only cocoa butter is used to make white chocolate.

Chocolate is Healthy!: Myths, Truths and Delicious Recipes
Chocolate is Healthy!: Myths, Truths and Delicious Recipes

I love to cause controversy even when I know I am right. This book gives you all kinds of information about chocolate as a healthy food. Enjoy?

 
Altoids Dark Chocolate
Altoids Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate Can Be Classified as a Health Food

Really It is True

What other treat that you have come to love since childhood can be classified as a health food? Not many, I am sure. Chocolate can't either unless you are using dark chocolate. If you are a dark chocolate eater here is why you should continue or if you are not why you should start.

I must add a little caveat because dark chocolate has calories. If you are worried about gaining weight you still have to eat dark chocolate in moderation. But it still has benefits whether you are watching your weight or not. Dark chocolate has those great compounds known as flavonoids and healthy antioxidants. Flavonoids help protect your cells from the those bad free radicals you keep hearing about that can wreck havoc on your body and cause heart problems. Not only do flavonoids protect your heart they also lower blood pressure, which in turn protects you against heart disease and stroke. It also reduces your bad cholesterol (LDL), which can give you artery problems that can lead to heart disease.

Ever feel that chocolate makes you happy. Well dark chocolate makes you happier because it stimulates the production of endorphins and endorphins make you really happy. Dark chocolate also contains seritonin, which can be an antidepressant so if you are not depressed you are probably happy or can be if you eat dark chocolate.

Another benefit of dark chocolate is that it protects your skin by absorbing UV light. Your skin should glow when you eat dark chocolate because it also increases blood flor to the skin and hydrates that beautiful face of yours, at least after you have eaten your dark chocolate.

Source for all this valuable information is http://www.rd.com/heal/3-health-benefits-of-dark-c...

Your Opinion

You can argue with me if you choose to do so, but I think I have solid evidence that dark chocolate is healthy. You may think milk chocolate tastes better, but that is not the point of this debate. Dark chocolate is a health food, but milk chocolate is just a candy treat.

Dark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate

Yes, you're right!

Yes, you're right!

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    • Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      dark chocolate wins overall, but sometimes the creaminess of a good milk chocolate is just what the dr ordered. all in moderation...

    • Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

      I like chocolate and dark has a stronger chocolate flavor. it is healthier too!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The best of both worlds.

    • JuliaHidy 4 years ago

      Dark chocolate with +74% cacao has antioxidant value to your body; milk chocolate rarely has over 50% cacao and contains such a high ratio of refined sugar or glucose-fructose in it that eating the chocolate could trigger headaches or cause or exacerbate auto immune problems. Eating milk chocolate can actually cause physical problems. I don't think it's worth harming my health and immune system by eating milk chocolate.

    • wahmshelley 4 years ago

      Thank you for pointing out the health benefits of dark chocolate...I will have to try to add a bit to my diet, although I do love milk and white chocolate as a sweet treat...

      WAHM Shelley... :)

    • darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      Makes sense to me! :)

    • EstheticGoddess 4 years ago

      Anything but white chocolate, please!

    • nifwlseirff 4 years ago

      Dark chocolate is definitely better than milk (which is often far too sweet).

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Dark chocolate for sure!

    • veronicatarantino 4 years ago

      To me 100% dark chocolate tastes much better..

      But I was raised in a black chocolate only home.. maybe that is why

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      dark chocolate

    • RosaMorelli 4 years ago

      I love dark chocolate, and the darker the better. The health benefits are a bonus, but I think dark tastes better anyway :)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Moose

    • Tea Pixie 4 years ago

      Milk Chocolate tastes like sugar and milk. Dark Chocolate tastes like heaven. :)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes I believe dark chocolate is healthier, but still like milk chocolate. dark is more rich just my thoughts.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      True even I know Dark chocolate is healthy i still choose milk chocolate, because dark choco is not sweet enough to satisfy my taste buds:)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Dark chocolate all the way! I used to only eat milk and white chocolate because dark wasn't sweet enough for me, but after a while of easing myself into higher cocoa percentages, I can hardly eat white or light milk chocolate because it doesn't have enough cocoa in it! Anything above 70% is too much for me though.

    • malena10 4 years ago

      I like more the taste of milk chocolate, but i know dark chocolate is more healthy!

    • Noctai LM 4 years ago

      Dark definitely. No health reasons for me, though it is good for you. I just love it especially with cranberries and nuts in it.

    • happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I have to eat dark chocolate because it contains less milk, hence less lactose, I am lactose intolerant. It's good to know it's healthy:-) Great page, *blessed*

    • EbooksFreeWeekl1 4 years ago

      I use to like milk chocolate...but something happened. Now I spring for the dark chocolate.

    • attraction 42 4 years ago

      My favorite food... dark chocolate

    • EMangl 4 years ago

      i don't care really "healthy or not", i just like dark chocolate MUCH better

    • radasum 4 years ago

      Dark chocolate, absolutely.

    • Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I guess the question is if dark chocolate is a health food, and I think the evidence is in.

    • KayeSI 5 years ago

      I love the Lindt Lindor dark chocolate truffles! Yummmm. Thanks for interesting and important info!

    • LadyKeesh 5 years ago

      I know dark chocolate is the healthier chose, but I prefer milk and white chocolate they taste sooooooooooooo good. Good lens.

    • bluestudio 5 years ago

      Dark Chocolate vs Milk Chocolate will be a eternal quest :)

    • Rosetta Slone 5 years ago from Under a coconut tree

      Dark chocolate has a unique, intense, complex flavour...milk chocolate often just tastes like sugar! It's an easy choice.

    • ionee251 5 years ago

      I just love dark chocolate.

    • casquid 5 years ago

      The darker, the better for me! Hershey's Special or Godiva.

    • Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I wish milk chocolate was the healthier choice!

    • savateuse 5 years ago

      I prefer dark chocolate, between 70 and 85%

    • Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I like all chocolate, I like dark chocolate if it's not too high a percentage (I like the one Trader Joe's sells).

    • TamarWrites 5 years ago

      It's milk chocolate for me! I love the smooth creamy texture.

    • Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Dark chocolate is healthy and can taste great. I especially love it paired with orange or ginger. But I have never been able to tolerate dark chocolate over 85%. I once bought a 95% chocolate bar and it tasted like stale cardboard (not that I've ever eaten stale cardboard)....

    • eskecime 5 years ago

      Dark chocolate all the way!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I love dark chocolate!

    • jmchaconne 5 years ago

      I love chocolate, and almonds. The combination is heavenly. Thanks for a delicious lens!

    • Mami Design 5 years ago

      I will always go for dark chocolate!

    • thingz1 5 years ago

      Yes, dark chocolate is better for you, but it's also an acquired taste.

    • Michelle Hogan 5 years ago

      No side to take when the facts are so obvious.... :P

      Pass the 70% please!

    • ccsonian 5 years ago

      Dark chocolate is the bestest, but I love both. Being that dark is a health food we need more dark chocolate now!

    • Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Dark Chocolate for me all the way!!

    • Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

      I looove dark chocolate. It even tastes better than milk choc.

    • JoshK47 5 years ago

      Definitely healthier and definitely tastes better in my opinion.

    • falling lakes 5 years ago

      dark. milk chocolate is only a sugar trap! it's the same as having a spoon of sugar!

    • Sharyn Read 5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      a little bit of what you fancy does you goo!

    • mrsclaus411 5 years ago

      Dark chocolate is way better than milk chocolate.

    • Sonia DB 5 years ago

      Dark chocolate is delicious.

    • lclchors 5 years ago

      I started eating dark choc. sometime ago it is a aquired taste.

    • alex89 lm 5 years ago

      Dark chocolate just tastes better, healthy or no.

    • wilfredpadilla 5 years ago

      You are right! I like dark chocolates!

    • Cold0911 5 years ago

      The darker, the better!

    • Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

      I knew it! It has to be healthy for you. You can taste the goodness.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Dark all the way

    • flicker lm 5 years ago

      I like dark chocolate better and would probably eat it even if it weren't healthier.

    • Billie Keeslar 5 years ago from Mississippi

      Dark always

    • bdkz 5 years ago

      I LOVE Dark Chocolate!

    • McAbriel 5 years ago

      I think you are corrext and the data supports the healthy bennifits of Dark Chocolate. You are also correct that it, just as milk chocolate, has to be moderated if you are dieting. As far as taste I think dark chocolate is an acquired taste.

    • Gabriel360 5 years ago

      Dark Chooalate! The bittersweet flavor is really good.

    • kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

      If I'm just eating a piece of chocolate, I prefer the dark chocolate.

    No way, Monkeybrain!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        You're right, you're right, I know you're right! But I can't help my tastes, and I LOVE white chocolate, regardless of the fat content or chocolate percentage. It just makes me turn to a puddle of goo! Next of course if milk chocolate. I used to like dark chocolate, but something switched in me a few years ago.

      • Jogalog 4 years ago

        You might be right but I'd much rather eat milk chocolate and then a piece of fruit!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        moose

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        hi

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I like both... but a good chocolate can cure depression and lift up the moods! :)

      • SoniaCarew 5 years ago

        I don't care for healthy what what! I eat chocolate for that feel good comfort feeling,....

      • candidaabrahamson 5 years ago

        I cannot help but argue with you, as you so graciously allow. I think calling dark chocolate healthy is going some--if you want health you can eat brocooli or brussel sprouts. If you want something delectable and satisfying, milk chocolate is the only wayt o go.

      • Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

        Hey! You have stacked the debate. Of course, scientifically it is healthier. No one can argue that. But I don't like the flavor and it gives me a headache. Milk chocolate generally doesn't. So I like it much better than dark.

      Recipes for the Dark Chocolate Lover - Eat and Feel Good About it

      You may find these books helpful when you first start using dark chocolate. Later you will develop your own way of using dark chocolate in your cake and candy recipes. Substitution is the key word and you will never go wrong using dark chocolate pieces in your brownie recipes. Just remember, it is best not to add too much sugar or you will defeat the health benefits of dark chocolate.

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          othellos 3 years ago

          Dark chocolate. Healthier and more intense taste. Delightful lens. Thank you for publishing it.

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          Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

          in our family we have a mix of preferences, but 60% dark pleases everyone pretty well. sweet debate!

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          Malu Couttolenc 4 years ago

          Dark chocolate is healthier. I went to Oaxaca Mexico where they grow it and I learned a lot about its benefits :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          What an informative lens. I love dark chocolate and you have done a good job as its advocate.

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          JuliaHidy 4 years ago

          It was wonderful to read your page. I didn't know that chocolate absorbed UV radiation. Eating milk and white chocolate may be tasty, but your immune system can take a negative hit for 12 to 18 hours as that's how long the sugar in the chocolate can actually notably suppress your immune system.

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          darciefrench lm 4 years ago

          Came by to wish you and yours the very best of the Holiday Season :)

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          GO MILK CHOCOLATE

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @nifwlseirff: i would say milk is much tastier than dark soo i would suggest milk

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          Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

          I know that dark chocolate is better for you but I definitely prefer milk chocolate.

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          nifwlseirff 4 years ago

          I didn't need much convincing! I find dark chocolate tastier, and it feels healthier because it is less sweet than milk chocolate. Nom!

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          SecondSally 4 years ago

          Chocolate.... GOOD!

          I love dark chocolate. :)

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          Vortrek Grafix 4 years ago

          Didn't need convincing actually. Dark is really the only "true" chocolate. It tasets better and is healthier. It a logical choice for any health conscious "goodies" glutton :-)

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          gregs411 4 years ago

          While I agree with you that dark chocolate has some health benefits, most of the time I still prefer the milk chocolate for its taste. Great lens!

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          Tea Pixie 4 years ago

          I love dark chocolate. I know there are studies out there trying to support why we should eat chocolate, but do we really need that info? I will eat it because it's delicious.

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          waihou 4 years ago

          Thanks for sharing information about chocolate.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I love chocolate so much.Great lens! :)

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          AJ 4 years ago from Australia

          I love dark chocolate and all the more for it's health benefits!

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          JoshK47 4 years ago

          Popping back in with some angel dust!

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          Noctai LM 4 years ago

          Ah, so sorry I've been a dark chocolate nut sine i was about 4. You forgot to mention if you add cranberries or nuts. Not to mention it tastes even better.

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          Srena44 4 years ago

          nice lens

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          Rose Jones 4 years ago

          One of my favorite topics. Yum.

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          Tia Novak 4 years ago

          Yes, definetely. Thanks. Nice arguments.

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          casquid 5 years ago

          You've got it all going on, girl! I know that we share the same 24 hours in every day, but you make total use of every minute. It all makes, complete sense.

          Thanks for stopping by my lens and liking it. I like yours, too!

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          Joan Haines 5 years ago

          Yes, I am convinced. Good thing I don't especially like white chocolate, since it's the worst one, and not even really chocolate anyway.

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          GoGirl2012 5 years ago

          I Love Chocolate especially dark Chocolate

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          Deadicated LM 5 years ago

          I like it all myself but have worked in more dark over the past year or so, especially since it's being called a health food now. Whoo-hoo!!!

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          TamarWrites 5 years ago

          Personally, I will eat ANY kind of chocolate!

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          Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

          I'm all for any reasoning that allows me to have my chocolate and eat it too : ) But seriously, I definitely agree that dark chocolate is healthy, but as with everything else, everything in moderation.

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          eskecime 5 years ago

          I already preferred dark chocolate over white chocolate.

          Thanks to this lens, now I know that it's healthier!

          Thanks for the information :P

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Dark chocolate is the best - I buy it in individual serving size packages so that I am not tempted to eat too much.

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          cgbroome 5 years ago

          For years and years I couldn't stand dark chocolate but as I got older I started to gravitate towards it. For me, frankly, I love all chocolate but have also heard that dark chocolate is the healthiest so I have found myself going for it more often than not nowadays. Thanks for the lens!

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          JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

          I don't think I could live without chocolate! =D I prefer the taste of dark chocolate, too.

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          Karen1960 5 years ago

          I love dark chocolate anyway, but being able to tell myself it's good for me while i gobble another bar makes it even better :-)

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'm a dark chocolate lover

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          BusinessSarah 5 years ago

          I've never really cared for white chocolate -- it kind of creeps me out -- and I always knew that dark chocolate was better for you, but now I know why! You've definitely convinced me -- thanks for a great lens!

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          suzy-t 5 years ago

          Interesting debate. I'm not sure I ever thought of the health benefits of chocolate when I was choosing between milk or dark...but I will now !

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Great debate! I love any form of chocolate... especially dark chocolate!

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          Auntie-M LM 5 years ago

          Hey, I've been eating healthy for years -- lol.

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          JoshK47 5 years ago

          Great stuff - I've already been a fan of dark chocolate, so no convincing needed! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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          falling lakes 5 years ago

          I was already there with You

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          Sharyn Read 5 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

          nice job - love my dark chocolate - like you, I've even done a lens on it! :)

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          mrsclaus411 5 years ago

          Sweet lens.

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          Sonia DB 5 years ago

          I enjoyed your lens.

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          Chuck Nelson 5 years ago from California

          My wife is the chocolate expert in our house. I seldom eat it but we call it "vitamin C" because she has a daily chocolate treat.

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          Jethro 5 years ago from Philippines

          I love eating chocolates. Any kinds will do. Thanks for this lens. :)

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          lclchors 5 years ago

          didn't need to I was already on board

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          alex89 lm 5 years ago

          gotta say, I didn't really need to be convinced... Not only do I love dark chocolate, but my doctors are after me to gain weight in a healthy way, so the fact that its so full of good things and is good for the heart are just perks.

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          mlt89 5 years ago

          I love white chocolate because I can only eat a little at a time!

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          Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

          I've always like milk chocolate better, no contest.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Science has proved that dark chocolate is better for you than milk and white, I do eat dark chocolate, but I do have a preference for milk chocolate. Unfortunately

          the health benefits only apply if you eat small quantities of dark chocolate.

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          Wayne Rasku 5 years ago

          You had me at "Hello"

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I love chocolate either way and I think it is all healthy as it gets me off my butt to go for a walk after I have eaten it!~

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          flicker lm 5 years ago

          I didn't need any convincing, but found your information interesting nonetheless. :)

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          Camile 5 years ago from Doha Qatar

          I love dark chocolate even it makes my teeth colored black while eating ",)

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          Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

          I was already convinced - dark chocolate all the way! Now I'm hungry... :)