On The Chocolate Trail: Valentine’s Day: For Love or Chocolate?

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by Christina Daub

Let’s face it if you have to choose, you can’t go wrong with chocolate. You’re not falling into anything, although a nice vat of it could be inviting and you’re certainly not pining for the one who left you. Chocolates: you take them or you leave them. Even if you leave them, they stay in their box till you come back and want them again.

Unless you live with a chocoholic. Then you have twelve-step programs like Choc Anon, CODACE (Codependent Anonymous Chocoholic Enablers) and various other support groups where people wear brown, eat brown, drink and think brown. I’ve even heard talk of this day becoming a national holiday replete with parades…can’t you just see the marching strawberries slipping on their chocolate cloaks, the brownie floats, the truffle-shaped Porsche inching along where Miss Chocolate 2011 stands waving in her edible Amazon-wear, hot off the Paris runways?

Was Valentine the patron saint of chocolate? History suggests otherwise. Some say he was a martyr, some a priest, others, a physician. In any case, the tradition of giving gifts of chocolate goes as at least as far back as the mid-1800s when Cadbury reputedly came up with the first heart-shaped box filled with his finest confections.

And for whom is one going to buy such an elegant and love-themed gift if not for one’s beloved? Who wouldn’t want to be romanced by a loved one bearing the beautiful and delectable food of the gods? Make Valentine’s a federal holiday? I’ll sign up for that and in the mean time, all of you out there who want to give me chocolate, I already love you.

Want to share your favorite chocolate? Send me an e-mail: christinadaub@theramblingepicure.com

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  • Grace Cavalieri
    February 14, 2011

    Tina writes like an angel and cooks like a dream. And she is a poet.What more can we ask for on this delicious day.

    • Tina
      February 14, 2011

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. If chocolate be the food of love, bite on…

  • Linda Aber
    February 14, 2011

    Can’t wait to see Tina Daub hopping down the bunny trail with a piece on bunnies who drop eggs all along the way. Chocolate again, but there must be some eggs-iting yolk jokes worth writing too!

    • Tina
      February 14, 2011

      Well, that is the next best chocolate holiday after today…eggs-itng, yok,yok, yolk…

  • Catherine Jones
    February 14, 2011

    I have only been disappointed by cheap chocolate. I think a parade is a great idea!

    • Tina
      February 15, 2011

      Can’t you see whole troops of Brownies marching, the Hershey majorettes with kiss-shaped hats…the possibilities are endless…

  • Tom Leachman
    February 14, 2011

    Another delicous article. How is the Truffle Thief?

    • Tina
      February 15, 2011

      Truffle Thief is looking well-fattened I must say…

  • Susan Barr
    February 24, 2011

    Such fun to read, now if only I had some chocolate to eat whilst enjoying the article.