When you’re young, you’ll pretty much eat any brand or quality of chocolate.  Growing up in the Midwest, I’ve eaten my share of American milk chocolate, including Marathon bars and Chunky, a nostalgic favorite.  Yes, I know I’m dating myself!

But over the years I’ve developed a taste for really good dark chocolate and am always on the look out for new flavor combinations.  This past Christmas, Santa left a Lindt “A Touch of Sea Salt” Dark chocolate bar in my stocking.  Whoa!  It was out of this world.  And as luck would have it, I have apparently passed on my taste for chocolate to my girls.  Maybe ‘taste’ is the wrong word to use.  I would have to say it’s more like an I-need-chocolate-now-or-I-will-just-die craving.  A passion really.  So you can imagine how difficult it is to keep any chocolate stocked in my house.  I actually believe they have chocolate radar.  So, here’s my confession:  I keep a secret stash of chocolate.  Yep, a supply of chocolate just for me.  Except instead of Hershey and Nestles, the names have changed to the likes of Valrhona and Lindt.

Now, I wouldn’t call myself a chocolate snob.  I’m far from it.  But if you’re going to indulge, you should make it worth your while.  Sometimes that means enjoying a square or two of a Green & Black’s organic dark 85% while reading a book on a quiet afternoon.  Sometimes it means making a batch of chocolate chip cookies with your kids, and eating most of the chips before they get added to the dough while talking about events of the day.  Definitely worth it and both divine!

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