“Do you really need that?” my wife asked as I dropped a dark chocolate bar into the grocery cart.
“One can never have too much dark chocolate,” I countered. She gave me a look…. “I think you have an ample supply,” she offered, grimly. Hmmm.
Curious, I set out to learn just how much chocolate I possess right now. Here is my inventory.
In the refrigerator:
- 3 bottles of Starbucks Mocha Frappuccino
- 3 of Dark Chocolate Raspberry Frappuccino (well, as long as I’m here…make that 2)
- 2 bottles Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout (excellent when served with.. Dark Chocolate!)
In the freezer:
- 1 remaining sleeve of Thin Mints Girl Scout Cookies (I freeze them so they last all year — I should finish these just about the time the 2009 cookie sale commences!)
On the counter in my office:
- 6 bars of Lake Champlain 54% Dark Chocolate bars in various stages of consumption, including Peppermint Crunch, Raspberry Truffle, Coffee Truffle, Dark Chocolate Truffle, Dark Chocolate with Almonds, and just a plain Dark Chocolate Bar
- (correction. The Dark Chocolate Truffle bar is now history. I needed something to eat with the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Frappuccino…)
In my desk drawer:
- 1 box Altoids Dark Chocolate Dipped Peppermints
- 1 tin Choxie Dark Chocolate Espresso Beans
- 1/2 bag Starbucks Dark Chocolate covered Dried Cherries
- 2 bars Cocoa Via Original Chocolate Bar. This is a mini-bar — only 100 calories — that sports the tagline, “Promotes a Healthy Heart(tm),” so it’s really Health Food 🙂
In the pantry:
- 1 half-eaten Godiva Dark and White Chocolate bar
- Part of a 85% Dark Chocolate bar from Russia (I can’t recall the manufacturer — but it’s awesome!)
- 1 nearly empty container of Trader Joe’s Belgian Dark Chocolate Mini Grahams (I bought those for Christmas)
- 1 half-full container Trader Joes’ Dark Chocolate covered Australian Crystallized Ginger (technically, these are a vegetarian, low-sodium food!)
- 3 Fiber One Oats and Chocolate bars
- 2 bars Larabar Jocolat (chocolate) pure organic chocolate food bar (fabulous! made with dates, almonds, walnuts, cashews and cocoa)
- Part of a Chuao Spicy Maya — 60% dark chocolate bar infused with pasilla chile and cayenne pepper
- 1 jar Love Street Living Foods 100% organic Raw Vegan Chocolate Spread w/ Agave Nectar **This truly IS a healthy food!**
- 1 half-full Jar Nutella hazelnut and cocoa spread
- 1 jar Pure Ohio Creamed Honey Spread, Chocolate flavor, from Ambrose Honeyworks, a local bee farm
- 1 Trader Joe’s 72% DARK Belgian Chocolate bar
- 1 Endangered Species Chocolate bar; 70% Dark Chocolate w/ Raspberries
- 1 bag Dark Chocolate covered Pretzels from Bella Chocolates (a local chocolatier)
In my Coffee Corner:
- 1 Tin Trader Joe’s Sipping Chocolate mix
- 1 nearly-empty tin of Starbucks Mocha Powder (sporting the tagline: “when coffee dreams, it dreams of chocolate”)
Oh, and this inventory does not count the tin of Hershey’s Cocoa or the bag of Nestle Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips, because they are technically not for eating — just for cooking.
Is it possible to have too much dark chocolate?
“Too much,” I think, is an assessment. It feels like an arbitrary judgment. My wife is a sports fanatic. Is it possible, I might ask, to watch “too much” football or “too much” baseball? She would, of course, respond that it is not possible.
She is a consumer of sports, I am a consumer of Dark Chocolate. Sports is her Vice of Choice, while Dark Chocolate is mine. I call that a tie!
Besides, if there was NO Dark Chocolate in the house, I would feel insecure and anxious. What if there’s a snowstorm, and we can’t get to the store for several days, you know what I mean? Having SOME Dark Chocolate in the house makes me feel warm and secure and content. I’m a better husband, coach, parent, and Human Being when I consume Dark Chocolate.
So I conclude that the amount of Dark Chocolate in the house is…. Just Right. And that makes me very happy. 🙂