Eating... Chocolate!

This situation calls for large amounts of unadulterated CHOCOLATE!
--Alexander Erskine Wise

I will respond to offers of chocolate, proposals of marriage, and the like just as soon as time and location permit.
--Adam S. Moskowitz

That we should marry, that I should be your wife, feels as natural as breathing and as compelling as chocolate.
--Jo Ellen Gent to William A. White
--on the occasion of their wedding, 6 Jan 1990

Chocolate is the thing. Since you're not picking someone up and sleeping with them, you eat chocolate.
--Ronnie Davis, caterer
--New York Times, 15 November 1989

It really pains us to speak evil of so distinctively delicious a drink. But chocolate, with its high fat and sugar content, if habitually substituted for milk, may create an imbalance in the diet.
--Joy of Cooking

CHOCOLATE, said Death. DO YOU LIKE CHOCOLATE?
"I think it's possible to have too much," said Susan.
YOU CERTAINLY DON'T TAKE AFTER YSABELL.
Susan nodded. Her mother's favorite dish had been Genocide by Chocolate.
--Terry Pratchett, 1995, from Soul Music

Chocolate has long been heralded for its value as an energy source. Think of it this way: a single chocolate chip provides sufficient food energy for an adult to walk 150 feet; hence, it would take about 35 chocolate chips to go a mile, or 875,000 for an around-the-world hike.

You could grant me eternal life, but if it were in a world without chocolate, I'd pass.
--Camryn Manhein

I want to fall in a vat of chocolate.
--Cynthia du Pre-Argent

Brownies are better than sex. --David Shalvoy

There are few things in life more satisfying than a rainy day on which you can stay home and watch from inside a warm house, with a mug of hot chocolate...
--via Laura Bethard


My favourite publication on the subject is Sandra Boynton's Chocolate: The Consuming Passion, 1982 (but still fresh!), distributed by Workman Publishing Company.
Godiva Chocolatiers has a WWW site that includes pages on chocolate history and trivia, as well as recipes and a catalog of confections.
Hershey's Chocolates also has a growing presence on the Web.
The M&Ms folks have a history of their colorful (though not 100% chocolate) product, along with a tour of the factory.
A satisfied member of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Chocolate Science.
Not entirely chocolate, but Robert Dove has published a book that encapsulates a philosophy of cooking and how we approach food preparation.
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Original January 1995
Last Modified: Apr 20 20:50 2011 / Ishmael the Fiddler