Tuesday, November 16, 2010


It came to my attention again recently that I am not the only woman on the planet who keeps a secret stash of chocolate. For me, it's Ghiradelli bittersweet chocolate chips - mmmmmm! When I'm craving chocolate, I pop a few of these in my mouth and suck on them until they slowly melt into chocolatey goodness. Result? Chocolate craving: Satisfied. I figure nursing half-a-dozen dark chocolate chips beats eating everything in the fridge in a vain attempt to disarm an overwhelming craving.

I have a friend who keeps a bag of chocolate chips in the freezer, for those moments when the chocolate madness hits. Another friend keeps hard chocolate candies in her purse. Another stirs cocoa powder into her coffee. When I discovered Riesen chocolates, I thought the chocolate chips were history. Then I discovered that I could eat an entire bag of Riesen candies at one go. Nope, back to the chocolate chips.

I asked Steve once if he ever had overwhelming cravings for a particular food. He thought a second, then answered, "No, not really." Is this just a female thing? (Come to think of it, these chocolate cravings are pretty, um, predictable.)

Today, Dear Reader, I want to hear from you. Do you ever crave chocolate? Do you keep an emergency chocolate stash somewhere in your house? What is your chocolate fix? Take the survey at the top right of the blog (the survey will run for a week, and then I'll post results) - and send me your comments!

(Results of survey: 73% of respondents have a secret stash of chocolate somewhere in their houses. I have no way of confirming this, but I have a hunch that most of those who responded were women!)


Heather Scarano said...

I crave chocolate pretty predictably, too, about one or two days a month. Sometimes after dinner I will also crave something a little sweet, but not necessarily chocolate. Right now my chocolate stash is on top of the refrigerator, in my boys' Halloween buckets. (Is that bad? I figure the more I eat of it, the less they will!)

The Westmorelands said...

You, my friend, are not alone! I have always had a little (well, ok, big) sweet tooth. Potato chips can survive in my house for weeks but candy, or cake, or pie, or cookies...they are eaten within a matter of days (sometimes hours?!) But, here's the thing about chocolate that I find interesting...I have always enjoyed chocolate, probably equal to other sweets UNTIL I HAD KIDS. And, now, I can't get enough of it! NOW I CRAVE chocolate! I think it is, indeed, a "woman thing." I try NOT to keep chocolate in the house, but, when I do, I have to keep it out of sight. And, my kids' candy buckets? They still have some candy left, but the chocolate was all gone a couple of weeks ago!