C is for…..Chocolate

17th August 2020

Hot chocolate. ‘Where you from, you sexy thing?’ Why, thank you, I didn’t know you cared. Mmm? Not me? Look, I’ll have you know that bald men are very sexy. Mrs Fox said so.

Who’s Mrs Fox? The Mrs Fox of Dad’s Army fame, that’s who. In the script of Mum’s Army she says to Captain Mainwaring ‘…you know what they say about bald-headed men’. Anyway, you can look it up on the internet, similar things are said about bald men generally.

Still, I don’t know if it really is true. People say it and so people, at least some people, believe it. And perhaps saying is believing, like they say seeing is believing.

Not only that, but hearing is believing. ‘Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ’ as Paul says.

However, I am not bothered by baldness and supposed sexiness at the moment. After all, I am up here on my Cloud on my own. I want to talk about chocolate.

Everybody loves chocolate don’t they? Well, it seems a large majority do, but there are those that don’t. Perhaps it is because it is too dark, too bitter.

I found this description which is useful.

‘Bitter chocolate is produced by pressing roasted cocoa kernels (seeds) between hot rollers. Cocoa powder is produced by squeezing the fat (cocoa butter) from bitter chocolate and powdering the remaining material. Sweet chocolate is produced by adding sugar and vanilla to bitter chocolate. White chocolate contains sugar, cocoa butter, and milk solids.’

From the website link below.

https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-812/cocoa

So white chocolate is really chocolate after all, despite what some people may say. Just not brown, that’s all. Obviously, duh.

Anyway, apart people finding it too bitter, what other reasons are there to dislike it?

You may be diabetic, but then that may well be because you have had too much refined sugar, white sugar. See W for…..White in due course.

Or maybe you have eaten American chocolate. Apparently, ‘Most American mass-produced chocolate contains butyric acid , the chemical compound that lends vomit its unmistakable sour taste and smell.’ From

https://www.btrtoday.com/read/featured/the-science-behind-the-people-who-hate-chocolate/

Now I know. I had some Hershey bar chocolate once when a secretary bought some back from the states. I said it tasted like sick. Explains it all.

I wonder what Milton Hershey, the original founder, would have made of it. Thrown up his hands? Said ‘What have they done?’. Or just thrown up?

Probably all three. I think you have to be nuts to eat the current Hershey bar. And they put nuts in chocolate, ‘tho that would spoil the nuts in this case.

Of course, I do like a bit of digging to find out why the bar is what it is. So I have found out that the Hershey company has had its troubles over the way it works. And its current main shareholder is Blackrock Inc.

I note two of the four key people in Blackrock Inc. are Jewish, and one other has a German surname. And Soros Fund Management has significant shares in Blackrock. There’s a surprise.

After all if your original family name is Schwartz, meaning Black in German, then why not invest in something similar. It’s very comforting, a family name.

Still, all that puts us off those of us who love chocolate. So let’s think about proper chocolate.

Chocolate mousse perhaps? Smooth and yummy. Mmmm. Florentines coated in dark chocolate. Watch those dentures! Chocolate Truffles, perhaps best from Belgium.

A lovely mug of hot chocolate, touch of cinnamon perhaps. The French love hot chocolate, and especially for breakfast.

Death by Chocolate. Wow! Not sure one wants to die by chocolate, when surely it is better to live with chocolate. Not live for chocolate, but enjoy the good gift that the Most High created in the first place.

I suspect the problems with chocolate that some people have is poor quality, or adulteration of what is good. And not adding sugar (but not white) or honey if it is too bitter.

Buy the best you can, which does not have to be the most expensive. Or perhaps you can make your own recipes, and ensure you are using only the best ingredients.

And invite family and friends round to try out your creations. Or a neighbour, or someone lonely who might need a little love (and chocolate).

Of course, you could try raw cocoa. You can look at the following link.

https://blog.paleohacks.com/raw-cacao-benefits/#

Looks like raw cocoa has significant health benefits. So chocolate for a good life!

Well, Jesus says ‘I have come that you may have life and have it to the full’. We have no record of him talking about chocolate in his time on earth. But he did say your Father in heaven would give good things to those that ask Him.

And I think he would include eating and sharing chocolate as part of a full and good life, don’t you?

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