Shamed to say im a huge chocolate addict. Mainly at that certain girly time of the month. I like almost every chocolate apart from dark. I send my partner out to the local garage at 10pm to pick up a bag of revels and minsterals and within an hour there both empty. I honestly cant pin point why i like it so much, after stuffing my self to the point of feeling sick i just think why did i do it, but as soon as i can feel a space in my stomach i shove more i! Its madness but its just sooo hard to stop eating it. My mum once told me that chocolate is good for sore throats so now when i get the slightest hint of a sore throat comeing i stock up and munch away.
My all time favourite is creme eggs. I do the typical scoop out the middle and eat that first then eat the shell. I tend to buy chocolates for family members then sit on the edge of the couch glaring at them until they offer me one. That makes me feel so guilty because i bought them for someone yet im eating them. Im extremely lucky that even know i stuff my face with chocolate ive still kept my figure, but im extremely scared that one day its going to catch up on me. Not only with my figure but also with my teeth. I recently read an article saying "chocolate can protect against tooth decay". I personally dont believe it but hey, if its another excuse to eat the stuff then its good enough for me.
When out doing my weekly shop i stick to the asda own brands for just 30p. I wouldnt classify my self as an addict (but thats what they all say) as i dont eat it every single day. But when i do eat it i eat it all. Im happy im not harming myself as when i was pregnant my glucose levels where exactly where there ment to be. I also have very good teeth and visit the dentist regually. When the new aldi store opened in my town i queued up for a golden ticket and my prize was a bag of chocolate mouses which i ate very quickly. In ikea they do big bags of mini daim bars. Me and my best mate munched our way through the whole bag whilst watching tv. You never know how much youve eaten until you look at the wrappers.
Bejeweled with translucent drops,
Hidden within a verdant maze of cloudy mist,
This ancient Teacher
shows us how to blissfully coexist.
"Bitter or Sweet,
the truth of my lessons every day.
Food of the Gods,
my elixir banishes depression,
promotes good health,
and keeps the inner child at play.
Lover's luscious paint,
Voluptuous temptation upon the skin,
Winged Serpent's gift to Man...
I am an axis upon which Worlds spin.
Only the tiniest flying Teachers
May spread my passionate dust.
Though empires have clamored for my kiss,
tasting of Earth's own immortal lust.
From temple's sacred spire
to envelope all the world
in sweet ribbons of hidden desire."
"Chocolate is a divine, celestial drink, the sweat of the stars, the vital seed, divine nectar, the drink of the gods, panacea and universal medicine." - Geronimo Piperni, quoted by Antonio Lavedán, Spanish army surgeon,1796
"After eating chocolate you feel godlike, as though you can conquer enemies, lead armies, entice lovers." - Emily Luchetti
"Chocolate remedies adversity." - Jareb Teague
Theobroma Cacao, or the Cocoa Tree, belongs to the Family Malvaceae which includes okra and hibiscus. This evergreen tree's origins are hidden within the shifting mists of the Amazon, but everyone is familiar with the two major products derived from the Cacao... cocoa butter, and chocolate! It is commonly believed to have been discovered (in terms of cultivation) and distributed at least about 4000 years ago by the Mayans, although many others believe it was discovered by the Olmecs of South Central Mexico. It is found in Mesoamerican hieroglyphs from the Upper Paleolithic era, and featured largely in ceremonies throughout the Central and Southern American Native Nations.
Irregardless of where it came from originally, the Cacao has a very limited growing area, and can only be found naturally between 20 degrees North and 20 degrees South of the Earth's equatorial belt. While it can reach heights of up to 60 feet, it is far more typical for the Cacao to stand about 15-35 feet, well beneath the sheltering canopy of the larger rain forest trees growing around it. The Cacao prefers filtered sunlight, and sheltering "mother" trees.
There are about 22 different species of Theobroma, and the Cacao is typically separated into three main groups; Criollo, Forastero, and Trinitario. Criollo was developed in Northern South America and Central America. With the Criollo, the distinctive ovoid fruit pod of the Cacao is either red or yellow, tapering to a point with five or ten longitudinal ridges, and the fruit walls are thinner than the other varieties. Their seeds are either white or purple, and not at all astringent, a defensive seed spreading technique of the other varieties. While Criollo cacaos are believed to produce the highest quality chocolate, they are also the most susceptible to disease and the lowest yielding of the Cacaos.
Forastero cacaos come from the Amazon Basin, and their ellipsoid fruits are usually smoother, thick-walled without the pointed tip, and may be red, yellow. orange or even purple. Their dark purple seeds are flatter than the other varieties, and the Forasteros dominate the world cacao market (approximately 80%), being the most prolific of the three groups although not considered the best of the three for quality chocolate. Trinitarios originated in Trinidad, and are a hybrid of the other two types. Therefore, appearance can vary widely in the Trinitarios, and the chocolate they produce is considered to be a of high quality. Trinitarios and Criollos are considered "flavor" beans, which will be blended with the "bulk" beans from Forasteros in varying recipes around the world.
"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands - and then eat just one of the pieces." Judith Viorst
"I'm not sure what the theme of my homily today ought to be. Do I want to speak of the miracle of Our Lord's divine transformation? Not really, no. I don't want to talk about His divinity. I'd rather talk about His humanity. I mean, you know, how He lived His life, here on Earth. His *kindness*, His *tolerance*... Listen, here's what I think. I think that we can't go around... measuring our goodness by what we don't do. By what we deny ourselves, what we resist, and who we exclude. I think... we've got to measure goodness by what we *embrace*, what we create... and who we include." ~ Pere Henri from the film Chocolat
Cacaos have a notoriously difficult time pollinating successfully. Their delicate pink and white flowers are small, only about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch across, and are of rather complex design. Their major pollinators are tiny Midges (Genus Forcipomyia, as well as Dasyheolea and Stylobezzia) , Aphids, Thrips, Ants, and Flies! These pollinators are not drawn by scent, as Cacao blossoms have no smell, but rather by chance. Growers, of course, can hand pollinate their trees but even this does not guarantee a successfully formed cacao pod. These "pods" are actually Pepo-like (think Watermelon, Okra, or Cucumber) berries with leathery outer skins, sweet mucilaginous edible flesh, and the seeds (referred to as beans) from which chocolate is made... much to the relief of chocoholics around the world!
The yellow-white flesh, or placenta, is said to be very sweet with a mild lemon flavor found refreshing by harvesters on a hot day. Both the flowers
and the fruit of the Theobromas are consider " cauliflorous", meaning that flowers (and later fruits) form directly along the trunk and branches of the tree at the site of a former leaf known as a "cushion".
It has been estimated that only one in every 100 Cacao blossoms successfully crosses the obstacles it faces to become a full fledged harvest-able pod. Conditions must be right throughout the growing process too for the Cacao to produce successful fruits. The rich oft-times volcanic soil in which Cacao grows, as well as weather conditions throughout the growing, will affect the flavor of the beans. Many never develop past the chileo or juvenile stage. Once ripe, the fruits growing in the wild will not drop from the tree or split open on their own either; waiting to be removed by a wide variety of forest creatures, or man.
Each pod contains approximately 20-40 beans. Those Cacaos with astringent seeds would be unpalatable to many creatures who would then drop them, beginning the potential growth of a new Cacao. Cacaos bear fruit and flowers, often at the same time, year round, although June and December are the usual harvest times. High winds and storms can be severely damaging to the rather delicate Cacao tree, which is subject to breakage. Growers always plant windbreaks, often times of other potential crop trees like Banana or Rubber trees. Cacao or Cocoa butter, also known as Oil of Theobroma, is a popular skin emollient around the world, and is also frequently used to coat pills or suppositories.
"Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!" Elaine Sherman, Book of Divine Indulgences
Theobromine is an alkaloid within the cacao beans that can resemble caffeine, but is less powerful in effect. This alkaloid's effect upon the heart and kidneys is more effective making it wonderfully useful in expelling any accumulation of fluid in the body after experiencing a cardiac failure. It is often given in such cases with digitalis to relieve this dilatation. Theobromine also dilates blood vessels making it useful in the treatment of high blood pressure. Theobromine has protective effects against streptoccous, shigella, staphlococcus, and related pathogens. However, it should also be noted that theobromine is considered addictive and a habit forming stimulant!
Chocolatl did not arrive in West Africa until about 1879, and it was consumed only as a beverage until about 1828 when the cocoa press was invented, allowing for the production of cocoa powder which was necessary for the making of chocolate confections. Currently, the Ivory Coast produces the majority of the world's chocolate at an estimated 30%. Other countries included in the Top 10 list of chocolate producers would be: Ghana, Indonesia, Nigeria, Brazil, Cameroon, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico and the Domincan Republic.
"Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can't remember what they are." - Matt Lauer
There are in essence three types of chocolate in an endless array of possibilities. White chocolate consists of just cocoa butter, sugar, milk, vanilla and occasionally other flavors; creating a confection of delicate taste and texture. Dark chocolate is made up of cocoa liquor, cocoa butter, sugar or other sweetener, and a variety of flavorings. Dark chocolate carries more of the Cacao nutritional benefits, and is generally considered healthier for you than chocolate that has been diluted with Milk. Milk Chocolate, however, remains as the most popular chocolate in the confectionery scene, despite the fact that the addition of milk cancels it's antioxidant effects. Semi-sweet chocolate contains calcium, carbohydrates, fat, iron, phosphorous, potassium, protein, and the vitamins A, B and C.
Unusually high in both fiber and protein for a fruit, Cacao is consumed in countless forms across the world every day. Researchers at the University of California recently found that chocolate, especially Dark chocolate, is rich in complex flavonoids that help us to maintain good circulation, reduce blood pressure and clotting, which is a major cause of heart attacks. Their findings further support that chocolate increases the antioxidant activity within the body, which can reduce the damage of cancer-causing charged particles as well as generally improving our immune system!
The name, Theobroma Cacao, was first given by the father of botanical taxonomy, Carolus Linneas. Literally, theo meaning God, and broma meaning food or drink; the beans of the Cacao were originally prepared into a much prized drink whose ingredients would varied depending on which Mesoamerican tradition was being used (Aztec, Mayan, Incan, Toltec or Olmec).
Chocolatl or Xocolatl refers to the original beverage produced by several Mesoamerican Native Nations. It was generally a chilled rather gritty beverage of ground roast cacao beans, maize, vanilla beans, chilies, cinnamon and other spices, water, and honey. It was believed to be a healthy invigorating tonic, an aphrodisiac, a mental stimulant, mood elevator, and source of divine blessings (like youthfulness) and inspirations, especially shamanic visions.
Across Mesoamerica, it was believed that the first Cacao tree grew in the "Garden of Life" where it's marvelous fruit fed the Gods until they charged Quetzalcoatl (aka Kukulcan or Ququmatz), the Winged Serpent, with bringing the Cacao to Earth to share with mankind. Quetzalcoatl is said to have ridden a beam of the Morning Star to bring the Cacao to Earth. Quetzalcoatl was a deity of winds, air, the dawn, and fertility, especially vegetative fertility, and was a patron of shamans, merchants, crafters & artists. At that time, Chocolatl was reserved for nobility and shamans, used during special ceremonies and as food sacrifices, along with blood, to the Gods. The Mayans held a yearly festival beginning April 22nd for Ekchuah, their cocoa grower's/sellers god. Traditionally a cocoa-colored dog is sacrificed during this festival. The cacao beans were also used as currency across Mesoamerica. 100 cacao beans, for example, could buy a slave.
"Carob is a brown powder made from the pulverized fruit of a Mediterranean evergreen. Some consider carob an adequate substitute for chocolate because it has some similar nutrients (calcium, phosphorus), and because it can, when combined with vegetable fat and sugar, be made to approximate the color and consistency of chocolate. Of course, the same arguments can as persuasively be made in favor of dirt." ~Sandra Boynton, author of Chocolate: the Consuming Passion
Chocolatl was not typically given to women or children in these rather male dominated society, as it was considered too intoxicating and valuable. It is rumored that Montezuma consumed 50 goblets of Chocolatl a day, each one dyed red and served in a golden goblet that was discarded after use. Which is how he had it served to Cortez upon his arrival in the New World. Even after being introduced to Europe through Spain's explorer, Christopher Columbus, the secret of making chocolatl was kept hidden in monasteries and the homes of the wealthy and nobles of Spain for nearly a century! Even after Hernan Cortez brought back more cacao beans to Spain, the secret of how to prepare it did not begin to spread widely for about another 60 years.
The Cacao tree as seen through the eyes of enduring myth, legend, and lore, grants it a place as a World Tree, or Tree of Knowledge, for Mesoamerica. Wisdom, youth, and power were thought to be gained by drinking or eating of it's fruit. The Cacao is also associated with Chac (the Mayan god of rain and lightning), Tonacateculli, (the goddess of food) and Calchiuhtlucue (the goddess of water) who were believed to protect the Cacao. Cacao beans and a dish called Chocolate Mole are still traditional offerings on the Day of the Dead.
Scientists conjecture that it's enduring connection to the concepts of Love and Lust is supported by the current theory that it chemically stimulates the body into producing the same chemicals we produce when falling in love! The infamous Madame Du Barry and Cassanova were both said to ply their lovers with chocolate, and this decadent treat is inevitably linked with lust, passion, romance, fertility, and sensual delights in general.
Those called by this Teacher should be aware of their mood levels at all times. Not feeling passionate about much of anything in your life? Do you ever feel like you are leaping from lover to lover? Do you find yourself engaging in risky behavior just to feel alive? You may have unbalanced Cacao energy! Cacao people will also find it extremely difficult to bring their ideas and goals into proper fruition without adding some wisdom from another Teacher in their plans; one of many areas in which it is useful to look at potential balancing energies.
The confessional scene from Chocolat...
Luc Clairmont: "Each time I tell myself it's the last time, but then I get a whiff of her hot chocolate, or... "
Madame Audel: "...Seashells. Chocolate seashells, so small, so plain, so *innocent*. I thought, oh, just one little taste, it can't do any harm. But it turned out they were filled with rich, sinful..".
Yvette Marceau: "...And it *melts*, God forgive me, it melts ever so slowly on your tongue, and tortures you with pleasure."
Cacao's connectivity, sensitivity, and reliance upon All Our Relations reinforces it's image as a World Tree. Diligence in maintaining the necessary ingredients in the proper balance is required of Cacao people engaged in a project or working towards a goal. Likewise, Cacao teaches that the goals we set for ourselves and the concepts that we want to bring to fruition in our lives, should be both well planned for, and they should also spring forth from the center of our being as something that moves us in a vital way.
Cacao teaches us to take in Life, to connect, absorb, enjoy, and spread by reflecting the vibrant joys and sensual treats found in Life with enthusiasm, as well as moderation and wisdom.
Intuition used in harmony with Knowledge, Strength found in balancing moderation with indulgence, immersion in the senses, evoking feelings of love, well-being, or exuberance for Life are all Cacao lessons; especially the concept of inspiring others with these attitudes. Cacao people, like most Tree people, need a healthy and diverse support network. Humor and introspection are vital tools to staying well grounded. The film Chocolat is filled with wonderful examples of this Teacher in varying degrees of Balance.
Learning when to indulge and when to abstain is a key Cacao lesson. It is up to us to not only recognize our own talents, but choose to use them to a good purpose! There is a giddy delight to the lessons imparted by this Teacher that cautions us to beware indulgent imbalances. Yet, whenever we feel like too little butter over too much bread, or feel like the Adversities and Darkness inherent in Living and Learning might be consuming us... Cacao is an excellent Teacher to turn to for replenishment and enlightenment! Cacao can help us fill up on the passionate and enlivening creative energy of Life, release our Shadow, or shed addictive behavior. How does this amazing Teacher appear in your life?
"Don't wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty. Chocolate isn't like premarital sex. It will not make you pregnant. And it always feels good." - Lora Brody, Growing Up on the Chocolate Diet "Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment." ~Unknown
"I am a serious chocoholic. For the serious chocoholic, chocolate is better than sex. If you believe that, you REALLY need to meet that special someone who can change your mind. If you HAVE met that special someone and still believe that, I REALLY NEED to know where you get your chocolate!!!" ~ Unknown
"Put a smile on your face, make the world a better place." ~Hershey's Chocolate
Potential Balancing Energies: Snake, Birds of all sorts especially the Quetzal and Raven, Earthworm, Beetle, Fly, Aphid, Thrip, Ant, Midge, and other Insects, Hibiscus, Okra, Maize, Chili peppers, Water, Vanilla Bean, Banana, and Rubber tree
I am addicted to boosts!!! My friends kept making this worse by buying them for me and making me eat them!! They no have no sympathy for me now that I have become addicted! They are soooooo mean!! I have given them up for lent and now they have put them in the vending machine at work to make it even worse for me!! I have to look at them every day now....whilst they look back at me teasing me and making me want them!! Does anybody suffer from this boost addiction?? They taste just sooo good. They are great any time of the day....you can even have them for breakfast.....they are fantastic when drunk 2!! I wish my friends could understand my addiction but they don't. They are not addicted to chocolate so don't understand....although Lucy is addicted to crisps so I made her give them up for lent so she would understand! HA!!
I didn't think I had a chocolate addiction until I rediscovered Cadbury's Crunchies. This happened a week or so ago when I bought one on a whim. To truly enjoy a Crunchie, you need to have a cup of tea at hand. Dip the Crunchie in the tea and lick the chocolate off the honeycomb inside. The remainder of the chocolate melts into the honeycomb in the middle and makes a gorgeous concoction of chocolatey honeycomby goodness. Since discovering this joy, I have bought a multipack of Crunchies. I realised today that I have eaten at least one Crunchie a day with a cup of tea. Before this I rarely drank tea and hadn't had a Crunchie for months! I really hope that this addiction doesn't spread to other chocolate bars but I feel I am dangerously close to the point where one Crunchie a day isn't enough and I start having 2 then 3 then 4 a day. Before I know it, I'll be one of those women whose faces have collapsed in on themselves after losing all their teeth and I'll have to start dip all my food into tea in order to soften it enough for my gummy mouth to handle. I feel an intervention may be necessary!
My chocolate addiction has got so bad that I have jsut invested in a chocolate fountain! I thought it would be great until I realised that it needs approx 750g of chocolate ideally belgium luxury chocolate at a cost of £9 per bag.
I loved chocolate from the day I was allowed it! My favourite for a long time was smarties and then I bought a box of 48 packs and took 1 pack religiously every day to work and then by pack 47 I was fed up of them. that was 5 years ago. I bought a pack the other day for my son and had a few - I am hooked on them again.
I love putting a mini mars bar in the microwave for 20 secs and then eating it when it's all melted and gooey. It's the best way to eat it.
I was anemic after the birth of my first child and was advised to take green and blacks dark chocolate for iron as well as other food items. What a shame! It was such a hardship eating all that chocolate!
Also another favourite of mine is buying an easter egg and leaving it in the fridge for a bit then cracking it and eating the thicker bits first. My husband then eats the crumbs or whatevers left.
I'd love there to be a real willy wonka chocolate factory so that I could swim in the chocolate lake. That's probably the only way my chocolate addition would be cured!
I have been addicted to chocolate all my life.... well since I was 12 months old! My mum and dad denied me chocolate until I was 12 months old in a hope that I would not develop a sweet tooth.... it did not work!
As a child I enjoyed a small piece of chocolate at least on a daily basis, if not more.
As a teenager and a college student I would buy my chocolate out of the vending machine at school/ college or the local shop. By the time I was 15 I would eat a chocolate bar, such as a mars bar, in a morning and one in an afternoon!
When I got pregnant at 28 and was "eating for two" I would eat as much chocolate that I could get my hands on and have been known to eat a whole chocolate orange in one sitting! I would eat 15 chocolate digestives in one go and regularly enjoyed hot chocolates, fudge cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate bars, chocolate icecream.... infact anything that had chocolate in the title!
After another two children and the same eating habits, happily blaming my chocolate addiction on my hormones I have become three stone over weight! (This may also be down to a couple of bottles of wine a week too and a curry LOL).
What do I love about chocolate?.... EVERYTHING. The taste, the texture, the melting, the sugar rush, the dark brown colour, the list is endless..... I JUST LOVE IT!
But, its not that easy getting rid of an addiction, after 34 years chocolate has been a huge part of my life. I eat it when I am happy, I eat it when I am sad....
Now, I am on the Rosemary Connolly diet and am not allowed to eat anything over 5% fat per 100g and excercise 6 hours per week.
Have I beaten my addiction?
NO, of course not but I now drink a very low calorie hot chocolate drink such as options twice a day (at 37cals and very little fat per drink its far better for me that my on average 600Kcal intake of chocolate products) and this is keeping my chocolate addiction at bay...... FOR NOW!
I actually adore chocolate, I think I am the ultimate chocoholic and anyone would be hard pressed to beat me! Out of all the different types I find it dfficult to pick a favourite. I suppose white chocolate would be my least favourite however, that does no mean I don't like it!
Truffles are incredible, in my opinion the ultimate treat and never fail to make you feel better 0 a bit like chocolate ice cream! I'm not so keen on the liquor ones, except champagne truffles - they are gorgeous! However, coffee and fondant filled truffles are also delicious. It's making me hungry to write this!
Thorntons always have a great range of chocolate and its got its signiture quality taste that singles it out, Hotel Chocolat also has a trademark quality to it, though it is different from thorntons. I'm mentioning rather high-quality chocolate, not the everyday stuff like branded bars. Out of this selection I have to say that terrys chocolate orange wins every time, it's heavenly!
I do TRY and give up chocolate every year for lent but so far I've only managed it 1 and a half times! The half was when I gave up after a couple of weeks...
Lets hope I'm better this year!
If anyone ever banned choclate i think i would cease to exist. As many of my friends will tell you i can not live without the stuff!!!! I will have almost any type except white, but my favourite has to be Wipsa bars, Galaxy chocolate of any size shape and variety, or anything from Hotel Chocolat, or thorntons.
Despite this addiction, i still manage to give it up for lent every year, which is extremely especially whne i have to walk past the newsagents where i usually get my daily bar from, and usually have to go in with certin friends so they can have some, either to wind me up or to eat it infront of me very slowly, as usually being a guy there is a bet n how long i will last or if i will last the distance.
One good thing about it is that my parents nearly always get me a big easter egg much to my younger brothers annoyance, but i always tell him to do it and maybe one day he will get one.
But in small doses of course!
Chocoholic me says if its cadburys and it fruit and nut or turkish delight gimme gimme gimme.
love it to death and it probably will be the death of me if you believe everything you read.
But oh the delight of putting that first piece in your mouth and gently letting it melt and then eating the next piece and the next is sheer heaven.
However having said that I have recently had to cut back on by supply of choccy delights and now ration myself to a piece or two each day from a rather large bar I must say. But the trick is not to see it looking at you and saying eat me .
The dreamy chocolate taste and the fruit and nuts in a good cadburys fruit and nut bar are just too much to bear for me. How about you others out there what is your favorite chocolate treat?
Oh yes my friends, these little eggs are the best thing cadburys have ever ever made.
Creamy milk chocolate on the outside and soft,sticky pure pleasure in the middle.
The shop across the road from my work is selling 3 for 89p, so being the big eyed, pot bellied pig i am bought 3 this very lunch time, i of course claimed that they were not all for me, 1 was for me (naturally) the 2nd for my dentist (tut tut) and the 3rd for our other dental nurse, my arse were they
i ate all 3 and claimed as i was stuffing the 2nd/3rd into my gob that i was in fact still on the 1st one.
Yes i felt sick, sick because of the milk chocolate and delicious centre slowly making my taste buds demand more and not been able to get the shiny wrapper with sweet little chick
embossed on it off fast enough, and sick with guilt, was i really that greedy? was i really unwilling to share these little egg shaped heaven sent treats with my work collegues? You betcha, today really was a case of "Pull the ladder up jack and sod the rest", they were mine and mine alone.
Sure i probably gained a few extra pounds, but i'll soon burn that off running across the road tightly clutching my 89p.
To put it in a nut shell, these little old eggs are the best ever, sweet, some might say sickly sweet, delicious milk chocolate, a lovely creamy fondant centre, just waiting to be demolished with one bite, oh my taste buds are crying out in sheer delight, feed me, feed me now, oh hell i give in, the shop on the corner is doing 4 for 90p.
so the next time somebody asks me "how do you eat yours?" my reply will be "as quick as i can mate"
Yes I know: How could someone possibly be addicted to creme eggs? It all began in spring 1998 when I started having one with my lunch every day. Soon that grew to two and when I was given a dozen creme eggs for my birthday (I wonder why!) it increased further.
The next year was worse. A creme egg at lunch time, a creme egg at dinner time and at least one other. Allegations were made that I was addicted to them but I hotly denied them. I even attempted to give them up for a week to prove people wrong but I didn't manage the full week.
One that Autumn, I was protesting about these allegations to some friends. One of them said it was ridiculous to claim that someone was addicted to creme eggs. "You'd have to eat three a day to be addicted!" he said.
"I was!" I admitted. It was then that I had to admit my problem and in order to combat it I didn't eat any the next two years. Then I started eating the odd one now and again.
Last year there was a deal in a shop nearby: a bag of six for £1. How could I resist? I only bought the bags one at a time but I could finish a bag the day I bought them. And they're only around for part of the year so I've got to make the most of it and eat as many as I can in the time I've got.
The new season has started. I see them in shops. So far I have resisted but they're so tempting. There's that crunch when you first bite into it, the satisfaction when you get the "popping" sound. The contrast between the hard brittle chocolate on the outside and the soft smooth noughat inside. Nothing else quite gives the same satisfying taste and texture sensation...
Not to be honest I am quite a good girl when it comes to being healthy. I mean I go to the gym every day and do 30 minutes of exercise and I make sure that I eat 3 pieces of fruit a day and then try to have some vegetables with my evening meal. I have only one weakness
I got thinking about chocolate today while I was out on my lunch and when I got back to the office I realised that I had picked up a tuna sandwich which is fair enough but then a chocolate croissant and then as if that wasnt enough of my chocolate fix I bought a snickers bar. Now I have been given this some thought and it turns out that I have a chocolate product every day and that to me is a scary thought. The fact that I do not even realise how much of it I am eating and the fact that I do eat it every day seems to point to the fact that yes I am addicted without even knowing it.
First what is addiction?
I found a couple of definitions that sum it up just nicely;
1) Uncontrollable craving, seeking, and use of a substance such as a drug or alcohol. www.stjude.org/glossary
2) A state of chemical abuse characterised by a high level of physical and/or physiological dependence. www.doitnow.org/pages/203/2.html
Now chocolate is known to be addictive but what exactly causes it?
For many people it is simply the sugar that is addictive. Although chocolate is only one out of a thousand products to contain sugar, usually it allows people to get a sugar fix several times a day. It is a simple fact that sugar creates energy and as silly as it sounds chocolate is becoming a more effective and efficient sugar boost because it is so easy to buy and eat. Thin about it with a chocolate bar you can just pop into a shop, buy and off you go. The majority of chocolate bars contain around 45 55% sugar and the average chocolate bar contains over 150 calories. That isnt even taking into consideration the king size chocolate bars that you can get nowadays.
Another reason that it is found to be addictive is because of certain substances such as phenylethylamine and tryptophan which are known for releasing chemicals within the body. These chemicals trigger mood signals so can cause you to feel excitement, euphoria and attraction. Scientific research has shown that some of these substances can release a neurotransmitter (this is basically a chemical messenger) called dopamine. Now when dopamine is released it causes you to feel relaxed and happy but when the levels of dopamine decrease, it causes people again to crave that feeling. This is why we get addicted to chocolate as we crave the feeling it gives us as well as the taste. Ironically it I the same feeling and effect that drugs give to people so in that way chocolate is sometimes referred to as being a kind of drug.
Why is it so easy to get addicted?
Well the answer to this question is pretty obvious as chocolate tastes gorgeous. I love the way that when it I in your mouth it slowly melts and then it leaves you waiting for the next piece. It sounds quite sad but that is exactly how it is. With all of the varieties of chocolate around too it makes it even easy to find a type that you like. I mean dark, milk, white, with nuts, flavoured etc You even find chocolate flavoured products, you know like muffins, milkshakes, cakes etc Personally I only like chocolate bars and things that taste like chocolate like cakes I am not too fond of but it is the fact that it tastes so good that makes you wanting more.
Is it dangerous?
To be honest yes. Being addicted to chocolate is one thing but there are people who take it to the extreme and become very ill because of it. I eat a chocolate bar a day which is extremely excessive and I know I should stop doing it but because I am healthy in other ways I cant see any bad effects which makes me ignore the fact that I eat so much of it. My friend however who used to be very overweight sees chocolate as evil after she has realised what she was doing to herself. She used to be able to eat 4 chocolate bars in a row and I really hated seeing her do it. She decided to get some help as she realised she was addicted and it was ruining her. Now she is a healthy weight but after abusing her addiction she took a long time getting there. I guess my point is while it seems ok to say you are addicted to chocolate when you eat one bar a day remember for some people it is a disease to them and not just a joke.
Tips for cutting out your addiction.
I thought for all those people who are having a serious problem with a chocolate addiction I would give you some tips from when my friend was going through it.
1) Use chocolate as a reward such as do 30 minutes worth of exercise and reward yourself with one piece of chocolate or eat 3 pieces of fruit a day and reward yourself with another piece.
2) Exercise. This might seem like a very simple idea and everyone is thinking yeah we have heard that before but trust me it is an integral part of getting back on track. If you choose simple exercise programmes such as do 10 situps followed by 15 minutes of jogging and continue it every day you will find yourself feeling 100% better. See you do not even have to bother joining a gym, it is just continuing the exercise daily. Exercise is great for you because it releases endorphins which make you feel relaxed and also help to build up your confidence.
3) Get rid of the temptation. Again such a simple idea but it works. Any chocolate you have in the house just get rid of it. My friend did this and told herself that if she wanted chocolate she had to walk to the shop to get it. Even though the shop is only 5 minutes away from her house it was great because through the winter she never wanted to go out in the cold to get some.
4) The last tip is to eat at regular times. Try to eat at the same times every day so you have some routine. Also take healthy snacks such as unsalted nuts and fruit which will still provide you with energy and are good for you.
My verdict on the matter.
Yes I think that I have a small addiction to chocolate. The availability of chocolate fuels my addiction as all I have to do is have 40p and a shop nearby and there you go. I think that people do not realise how addictive it is because when the word addiction is mentioned people generally think of drugs or alcohol. But think about it, if somebody was having a shot of heroin a day then you would call them addicted so the same goes with a bar of chocolate although the effects are not as extreme as with heroin obviously.
It is sad that I see my lunch as empty without a bit of chocolate and although it is gorgeous and tastes divine it has its bad points to. They say chocolate causes migraines, acne, obesity, heartburn and many more; in fact the list is almost endless.
To be honest I think my chocolate cravings stem from when I was little as I am sure I am not the only one but my mom and dad always used to give me chocolate and they used to ration it so I only got some when I was good. Now that I am older and I can just go down the shop and buy some is seen as a luxury but with that in mind I am not sure how you should treat kids with chocolate. Should you ration them so they always want more or should you just give them what they want so they become obese? Either way it seems that chocolate is a little bit evil.
Anyway now at 23 I have and always will love chocolate. My favourite is snickers and galaxy ripple and honestly I could eat a bar of them each a day but I limit myself to one. It is not just me either; everybody I know limits their chocolate intake. My bosses eat a chocolate bar a day and always say after I could eat another one of those. The truth is we all could because chocolate is one of the nicest tasting foods on the market and we all have to limit ourselves so we dont go overboard. Plus Im not sure it is the same with everyone but I enjoy it while I am eating it and then feel really bad afterwards as I feel I have committed a crime as I know it is not very good for you.
I am rating chocolate addiction 2 stars because it essentially is bad to have but tastes so good.
Last bit to think about.
Yes I laugh about the fact that I must have a chocolate addiction because I just love chocolate and eat it every day but although I laugh and call myself a chocoholic I also realise that many people out there see it as a disease and really have a problem getting over their addiction.
Remember a little bit of what you fancy is good but a lot can do you more harm than good.
Thanks for reading.
Have you seen my chocolate penis? No? Well, perhaps youd rather not and whod blame you? Chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes these days doesnt it? I mean, body chocolate is one of THE most popular gifts on Valentines Day and manys the occasion where folks have used chocolate as a marital/sex aid *raises eyebrow* Quite frankly, I like chocolate. In fact, so much so that I always remember my seriously addicted days when I was eventually found under a huge mound of Curly Wurly wrappers and promptly rushed off to hospital to have my stomach pumped. In hindsight, people should have spotted the signs. Rarely was I seen without a King size in my hand. Then again, the choccie Gods of manufacturing have hardly helped chocolate addicts by inventing the concept of King Size bars of chocolate have they? Life used to be so much simpler when not so long ago there was no such thing as King Size (apart from pillows and stuff). It was one size fits all and gerron with it but then along came the creative types looking to boost revenues and profits and the KS was born. I knew I liked chocolate but didnt bank on the increasing frequency of eating the darned stuff. Yep, one minute I was 12 stone, a few weeks later I was a 17stone roly poly auditioning for the X-Factor. I guess its easy to forget just how many calories and how much sugar is loaded into a bar of choccie but your hips will soon remind you after youve devoured some *Knowing look*
If ever you want to spot a chocoholic then one of the tell-tale signs is the lighting up of their bed sheets. You may think that the person in question is copping a crafty one....i.e. reading their book but if you hear gentle nibbling noises and there happens to be nobody else around then chances are that they have a secret stash of Mars Bars smuggled under the quilt. If you do discover such a scene then approach with caution as such people can get quite violent if they think that you are about to interfere with their mound. Personally, Id suggest turning their torch off and stealing one of the bars...erm....no thats the addict in me again. Nope....actually Id recommend counselling to them before it gets too late and try to get them to join a programme that deals with addicts. Just Say No to Hershey was established in New York some 20 years ago and has gone on to treat many thousands of addicts in the meantime. There is a movement trying to establish a similar operation in the UK.
Other tell tale signs include carrier bags full of chocolate bars; heaps of chocolate hidden under the settee cushions and a life time membership of the All England Chocolate Eating Club. Each should be dealt with on its merits.
Why do folks like chocolate so much? I mean, theres even web sites devoted to the perpetuation of the chocolate habit just in case you thought you could escape by side-stepping that box of chocolates on the dining table and heading for the PC. http://www.veganfamily.co.uk/chocolate.html will tell you all about Vegan choccie whilst both http://www.chocolate.co.uk and http://www.chocolate.com/ shamelessly promote the ideal of scoffing ones face with the brown stuff. In fact, register at chocolate.co.uk and you are eligible to receive a free Chocolate Society Red Hamper Box filled with chocolate goodies! How irresponsible is that? *presses order button*
Chocolate is often thought of as a safe substitute for sex. This is because it triggers the same chemicals as those that are created during the making of the love. Needless to say, my good lady thrives on chocolate and is also a chocoholic. With us both being addicts its a wonder we have any kids at all. Its also funny that she was the one to avail me of these facts.
Of course, before I became addicted I was spoiled for choice when it came to the brown sugary substance. Nestle, Cadbury, Lindt, all were just as luscious to me. Now you even have the Fair Trade stuff to keep your conscience in tact safe in the knowledge that the cocoa workers get a better deal than before.
Chocolate can be highly addictive with literally millions of bars consumed in the UK every year. Just about everyone seems to like chocolate from High Court Judges to humble road sweepers. It seems that there is no particular time associated with eating chocolate as all hours of the day and night are fair game. In fact, I wonder just how many people have been abroad on holiday with no food at all except a wee Milky Way sticking out of their pocket. Lets face it, chocolate could, in fact, save your life given the right circumstances. Just how many folks have been on the brink of starvation only to realise that that final, sticky square of galaxy in their fluff-laden pocket is more edible than the local paella?
For me, the road to recovery was long. I can always remember that first step in my counselling group where I uttered those immortal words My name is Sally and I am a chocoholic" (chocolate wasnt my only issue in those days). Every day was a battle and at the first sign of temptation we were encouraged to reach for the phone and call someone else off the calling list. Together we were strong and it gradually became easier to walk past newsagents without popping in for a quick Lion Bar. The final test of my own strength was a trip to Cadbury World where my resolve was tested to the limit. Now that WAS tough but I came through it and have never looked back since. Recounting those dark days has been difficult so I thank you for bearing with me. For anyone else out there with the same problem then I hope reading this gives you inspiration. Addiction to chocolate need not be terminal. There are those that will help. You are not alone.
Thanks for reading
~~Introduction: This review is about the good things, the bad things and why I love: chocolate!! I have loads of chocolate, all the time!! In fact earlier on today I made some chocolate buns, 12 chocolate buns, now there are only 2!! My mum had one, so did my dad, my brother had two so that means I have eaten 6!! (Such a pig)!! I have to admit that I am a chocoholic!! I love all chocolate (except nuts) and the way it melts in your mouth, and I love it when it is completely melted and you have to spoon it out of a bowl!! DELICIOUS!! ~~Weight Gain: Cons: There is a load of fat in chocolate, in fact every 50 or 60g of choc contains as much fat as a tablespoon of butter!! That is a lot of fat, meaning, that is a lot of weight gain!! Pros: No single food, including chocolate, can be blamed for the cause of gaining weight. Obesity and putting on weight are really complex issues, and not completely down to what you are eating ? exercise, genetics, diet, etc. All of these play an important part. Also some people, don?t gain a lot of weight when they eat chocolate - I don?t gain much and I eat loads!! ~~Heart Disease: Cons: As I have said, chocolate causes people to gain weight, and if you are obese then your chances of heart disease are increased. Pros: Cocoa butter is similar to polyunsaturated fats in the diet, and so is unlikely to raise cholesterol, so stick with quality chocolate high in cocoa butter. And some chocolate bars are full of antioxidants, which have been seen to lower the chance of heart disease. It also helps keep arteries clean. ~~Tooth Decay: Cons: Chocolate is a sugary food, and sugary foods are a big cause of tooth decay. Pros: Chocolate contains proteins that help to build calcium in the teeth. Certain ingredients in the chocolate help your teeth in other ways as well such as: slowing down bacteria around teeth and reducing plaque. ~~Stress: Cons: There are no cons for this subject!! Pros: Chocolate is a natural stress reducer as it releases some sort of chemical in the brain that must get you worked up or something!! It's is also high in magnesium this helps stabilise those moods that we all get from time to time!! ~~Giving up: I tried cutting back and limiting the amount of chocolate consumed every day. It didn't really work. I suppose if you are addicted, it won?t work!! Now I think I eat more than I used to!! Chocolate is so satisfying though, more so than virtually any other food. Yes, really! It has over 500 aromas and flavours that give maximum pleasure to the taste buds. So I don?t think I could ever give Chocolate up!! And I mean ever!! ~~Conclusion: Well as you can see there are many pros and cons to chocolate, but there are more pros than cons, and I could never change my mind about chocolate!! Chocolate tastes good and makes us feel good, there is no doubt about it, chocolate is great!! And I am proud to be addicted!!
Like a lot of people, I'm a chocoholic. Even though I know it is fattening there's something comforting about sitting and indulging yourself with a bar of chocolate. It doesn't matter whether you are alone or with friends chocolate is a thing to be savoured or shared. it's affordable for people of all ages and makes an excellent birthday or christmas present, it's great for giving to special friends or for saying I love you with, or i'm sorry if you've been out of order. It's not just an addiction for girls either men can be just as into it as us girlies. I love any type of chocolate bar and one of my favorites is Cadbury's Caramel. A bar of this creamy dreamy heaven will set you back at just 32p to 35p dependeing on what shop you buy it from. The wrapper is a darkish yellow colour with the words Caramel written in the familiar cadbury's purple colour. The wrapper is foil so keeps the loverly chocolate bar nice and fresh inside. When you open it the smell of the chocolate drifts up to make your mouth water. There are six little chunky pieces of chocolate with a soft and smooth caramel centre inside. each piece has cadburys written on it and when you break off a piece it is nice to bite into it and taste the rich creamy caramel inside. I love these as they are the sort of chocolate bar you can sit down and take your time over, it's not one for while your walking around, sit and enjoy the luxurious soft caramel taste. There is a web address for cadburys if your interested www.cadburys.co.uk. A bar of this chocolate is also about 240 calories so do watch out if your on a diet and you happen to get the urge for chocolate as it's quite a lot of calories in one bar. Well I hope I've wet your appetite for some choccie, I'm off to the shops now!