Leigh’s Frivolous Friday: How Do you Like Your Chocolate?

I have a very important question for today’s “Frivolous Friday.”  After all, chocolate makes the world go around, don’t you think?

February is a big chocolate month with love being in the air and all.  But for many, the love for chocolate is yearround.  According to my research, Americans consume 2.8 billion pounds of chocolate each year, about 11 pounds per person.  

So, how do you like your chocolate?

Do you like your chocolate in a mug on a cold winter’s day?

Do you like your chocolate in a box?

Most Americans prefer milk chocolate, about 92 percent of you, but I have to admit that I sneak a little bit of dark chocolate every day.  I have learned to love it, and I rarely eat milk chocolate.  You only need a little bite of dark chocolate to satisfy your cravings, and studies have shown that dark chocolate actually has some benefits to your health.  Research shows that it can help prevent heart disease, improve your mood, and improve your skin.  All in moderation, of course!

Or do you like to be dipped in chocolate and pampered at a luxury hotel spa?

The Spa at Ballantyne  in Charlotte, N.C., is using chocolate to pamper its guests. 

All this month at The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge in Charlotte, N.C., chocolate is the headliner in the Spa at Ballantyne.  The Coco-Luscious Facial uses the healing and repairing qualities of coconut milk and chocolate to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and redness.  If your feet need a little indulgence, the Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Pedicure while sipping on a signature drink may be your speed.  That sounds heavenly!  Hmmm, I think a trip to Charlotte is on my short list.

Do you like to eat your chocolate with peanut butter?

My dad had a signature candy that he made called Buckeyes.  They look identical to the photo I found.  It was basically a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. Honestly, you could eat five before you even knew it.  They were always melt-in-your-mouth good. Since he was in the restaurant business, he would make hundreds at a time.  I have the recipe that indeed makes that many, but I have failed miserably making his special candy.  I can’t seem to get my chocolate right.  One of these days, I’m going to try again because they are so worth the trouble.

Do you prefer your chocolate in a rich dessert?

If so, you are in luck. The cooking website Delish has put together some of Martha Stewart’s most coveted chocolate dessert recipes just in time for Valentine’s Day.

So, how do you like your chocolate?  And if you say, “All of the Above,” then you’re a person after my own heart.

Go find some chocolate, and I’ll see you here next week.

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