05 March 2008

My Obsession with Chocolate


Most of us love chocolate, right? I’d have to admit, however, that I love chocolate more than the average person. What about you? Do you have the craving for rich creamy chocolate? Are you a chocoholic?

Statistics show that most Americans consume ten to twelve pounds of chocolate every year. What lightweights! I bet I probably eat at least ten pounds every three months. Okay, maybe every six months. But who’s counting, right? The same survey shows that the Swiss eat twenty-one pounds of chocolate every year. This means, obviously, that I need to move to Switzerland.

Another statistic tells us that eating chocolate can actually prolong our life by reducing the number of blood clots and fighting bad cholesterol. Apparently, downing all those chocolate bunnies at Easter is good for my health. So, the next time you go shopping for groceries, if you happen to see a woman shoveling tons of chocolate eggs into a grocery cart and mumbling about fictional characters taking over her life, take a second to stop and say “hi” to me.

The funniest statistic I ever read about chocolate told how chocolate can be frozen for up to six months. Six months? Are they kidding? Who can resist chocolate sitting in their freezer, calling their name for six whole months? Not this lady. I freeze chocolate for one reason and one reason only. Because it keeps it from melting in my hands too quickly. But it’s rarely ever left in the freezer for more than one night.

Here’s the strangest statistic I ever read about chocolate. The largest chocolate bar weighed over 5,000 pounds and was made in Italy in the year 2000. Most people would wonder why anyone would make a gigantic chocolate bar. Others would be amazed and hope to see a picture of it in the Guinness Book of World Records. Me? I just want to know who made it and is it all gone? If not, I’m hopping on the next flight to Italy to get my share of the 5,000 pounds.

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