What is there not to love about chocolate? I eat it regularly, probably far more regularly than I ought!
What brought it to mind was reading an article about eating Traditional Foods (tied in with your ethnic background), and I began thinking about CHOCOLATE.
When I was growing up, chocolates were a special treat. They came as individual chocolates with different centres, sitting in a cellophane tray inside a cardboard box with a pretty picture on the lid.
I can remember sniffing those boxes when empty – they still smelt of chocolate!
The only time we ever got to eat one, was when there was an extra special occasion and the box was passed around the room for everyone to take one. And we only ever got one!
|Outside my bedroom window - can you see the snail?|
Our lives were not totally devoid of chocolate, however. We occasionally were given hot chocolate as a drink (cocoa mixed with hot milk), and a couple of times a year we could visit a school fete and purchase a small paper cup containing half a dozen pieces of homemade fudge.
Today, the fudge is harder to find and we can buy chocolate almost anywhere. Eating chocolate, in all its variety, has become a commonplace thing to do.
I’m not sure when blocks and bars of chocolate appeared on the market, but they have certainly removed from our lives the romanticism of chocolate and the idea that it is only eaten as a special treat.
Maybe it is time I became more “traditional” in my chocolate consumption!
Our level three lockdown continues here in the Waikato. With more Covid cases being reported I don’t see us being allowed to return to level two and all it’s relevant freedom any time soon.
It is quite warm here today, but there is a lot of rain around and the sun is well hidden behind the clouds. A bit dismal, but I have been speaking with friends on the phone this morning and that is always a cheering experience.
Got to love having friends 😊