Saturday, February 12, 2011

Keira Kroft - "For The Love of Chocolate"

Valentine's Day often brings up the power of chocolate for me. Your significant other brings you flowers and candy, just sweet little tokens of affection. But for some, its velvety smoothness can mean much more. It could signify love, comfort and laughter. It’s also featured in movies and in television shows. It’s also apparently mentioned in music as well, but we aren’t going there.
For me, it means a lot that my husband goes out his way to a packed Fannie May candies and picks up my favorite—dark chocolate covered caramels. To me that is love—and that’s also paying attention.
It has also proven to increase libido.
Personal quote: Please don’t inform any shady characters that I will follow a trail of chocolate…anywhere.
One of my favorite writers JoAnn Ross has said on her website that “she dearly hopes editors never discover that she'd write for chocolate.” But she is just joking…isn’t she?

The History of Chocolate
Delicious, delectable, soothing and, yes, American. Chocolate was a New World discovery, one of the most sought-after treasures brought back to Europe from the brave new land across the Atlantic.
Cacao, from which chocolate is created, is said to have originated in the Amazon at least 4,000 years ago. The Aztecs were so enthralled with the bean that they attributed its creation to their god Quetzalcoatl who, as the legend goes descended from heaven on a beam of a morning star carrying a cacao tree stolen from paradise. In fact, the Aztecs valued the cacao bean so much that they used it as currency.
Chocolate on TV
The closer’s Brenda is famous indulging in chocolate treats in almost every episode.
Chocolate in movies
You know the answer to this one… Chocolat. If you’re single, buy yourself a box of fine chocolates, you will need them and buy or rent it. Then indulge in the hotness that is Johnny Depp.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) Also Johnny Depp and chocolate.
(I don’t think I will ever recover from writing this blog.)

Like Water for Chocolate (1993)

This article is actually from the NY times
Chocolate once offered simple pleasure and easy choices: plain or with almonds? Milk or dark? Now, from many perspectives — including controversy about some aspects of its production — chocolate is viewed as a far more complex food.
Fine chocolate now shares the status of wine and cheese: connoisseurs have learned to taste differences among producers and even among cacao growers, with single-plantation and single-origin chocolates emerging from Indonesia, Venezuela and the Cote d’Ivoire. (The Theobroma tree, from whose seeds chocolate comes — Theobroma is Greek for “food of the gods” — grows in hot humid climates within 20 degrees of the equator.) Click on the link to read the rest of the story. http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/c/chocolate/index.html

Alas there is a chocolate.com. Have fun  http://www.chocolate.com/
My hypothesis is that the world’s favorite sweet treat plays more of an important role in Valentine's Day than we think. Is it more important than love? For some that may be true…
One lucky commenter will win, you guessed it… A heart shaped box of Fannie May chocolates.
Keira Kroft
“Glow in the Dark”


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