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Got Chocolate?

 Chocolate figures large in my world. I need it daily or else Marcia is not a happy girl.

I eat dark chocolate exclusively now, as opposed to years ago when I was a chocolate whore consuming pounds of creamy milk chocolate every year – until I understood about fat content and antioxidants.

Don’t get me wrong. I can still be tempted by milk chocolate, but I manage to resist most of the time.

To justify any of my indulgences, I use them as a learning experience. For example, instead of painting the walls in my home every month a different color, I channeled my love of paints and paint colors down a more productive and narrower path – my painted chairs.

hand-painted refurbished chair o use as a planter

 

I’m not much of a shopper, except when it comes to particular stores – bookstores and office supply stores. Inside I’m vibrating with excitement, trying to keep my feet from breaking out into dance. The ginormous grin deepening my dimples is a sure sign I’m in my happy place.

Justifying the indulgence of spending copious amounts of cash on journals, books, paper, stickers, colorful post-its and paper clips was not easy until I began blogging in 2004 and had to set up my office.

Then when I began writing in 2011, learning this career justified buying a gazillion books. Owning a kindle makes it easy to hide my addiction. (Hehe!)

SO…

Bringing you back to chocolate…

I discovered a way to justify my chocolate  addiction. I’m turning it into a learning experience.

I’m studying the art of making my own chocolate. .

This is perfect! Especially because chocolate plays a big part in my debut novel, Long Time Coming, which will release this summer. The protagonist of my story is also a chocoholic and finds a way to use her love of the creamy, decadent sweet to solve her problem and reinvent her life.

I’ve just subscribed to the video lessons of Todd’s Kitchen. He teaches much more than making chocolate.

Are you addicted to cheese? He has a video on how to make your own ricotta cheese. Want to make your own sour cream, cornmeal, marshmallow fluff, jelly beans or donuts? Todd has a video for those, too.

Now check out how to make milk chocolate and dark  chocolate:

 

Ingredients:
250g vegetable shortening
250g powdered sugar
12 TBL cocoa powder
8 TBL powdered milk
A pinch of salt

Ingredients:

3.5 tablespoons cocoa butter
3.5 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Compare the ingredients lists. What you may notice is that dark  chocolate is far healthier than milk chocolate. Just sayin’.

Make your own unique version of chocolate by adding crushed nuts, flavored extracts, or minced fruit!

 

So what are your addictions indulgences?

Do you feel a need to justify them by transforming a simple indulgence into a learning experience like me?

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Discussion

  1. Patricia Sands  March 26, 2014

    I’m with you all the way on that chocolate addiction, Marcia! I think it is such fun you are making that an integral part of your novel and can’t what to read the story! I can eat chocolate right before bedtime and it doesn’t bother me. Give it to me any time, anywhere … gotta have it!
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  2. Sheila Seabrook  March 26, 2014

    Chocolate fries my brain, Marcia, then I can’t think to write (or do anything else for that matter!). It also keeps me awake, so I’ve finally gotten to the point where I don’t crave it anymore. Now, we indulge in chocolate only during the Halloween and Christmas seasons, and since I love milk chocolate, that’s what I buy. :)

    Other indulgences…oh, definitely reading, and like you, my ereader hides the copious amounts of books I buy. Now, if I only had the time to read them all!
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    • Marcia Richards  March 27, 2014

      Oh, I hear you on finding time to read, Sheila. I try to carve out at least half an hour every night. Sometimes even that’s tough.And lately I’m hooked on print books again, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying books for the kindle! Haha.
      So sorry chocolate bothers you so much but glad you’re able to indulge once a year. :)
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  3. David N. Walker  March 26, 2014

    About the only chocolate I allow myself since my diabetes diagnosis is Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom no sugar added fudge bars and occasionally Blue Bell no sugar added Dutch chocolate ice cream.
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    • Marcia Richards  March 27, 2014

      Are the no sugar versions satisfying? One of our local grocers carries a sugar-free fudgie pop that is amazing! Glad you’re able to enjoy sweets without without the diabetic complications! thanks, David.
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  4. Donna@GardensEyeView  March 26, 2014

    You know for me it is gardening and photography…but I have pulled back my indulgences and am rethinking my spending. I love organic veggies and fruits and so we buy those when we can’t grow them. Love how you channel these obsessions and wonderful on the book coming out…
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