I confess—I love chocolate. But I’m also something of a chocolate snob these days. If I’m going to eat chocolate, I want it to be real chocolate, not the imitation stuff that fills Easter baskets and Christmas stockings. Those chocolate bunnies? Forget it. And don’t even get me started on that thing called “white chocolate.” I don’t mind carob-coated raisins; they’re actually quite good in snack packs. But if a product’s not chocolate, it shouldn’t be labeled as such.
I’m not even sure that artificial stuff has the same benefits. For instance, real chocolate is a mood elevator. Does the fake stuff have enough of the active ingredient that makes us feel better? I doubt it. No wonder we feel so icky after being conned into eating it.
When I was a kid, I happily scarfed down chocolate bunnies and Santas because, hey, it was candy. Now, though, in this era of “healthy” dark chocolate, I’ve discovered the world of Dove and Bliss. They’re mainstream products, so I’m not truly a snob in the sense my chocolate has to be expensive. However, it definitely has to taste like the real thing. If it has some caramel or truffle or coconut in it, so much the better. And if someone really wants to make me happy, stuff my dark chocolate with some marzipan.What’s your chocolate preference? Are you particular about the kind of chocolate you like?