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Chocolate story

June 15th, 2004 (02:08 pm)

Last Wednesday, when taking pennypaperbrain back to London, we stopped for sandwiches at the Welcome Break service area at junction 8A of the M40. There, I succumbed not only to the temptation to buy a bar of Cadbury's Bournville dark chocolate, but to take advantage of an offer and buy two. The first was eaten in the office over the next two days, but the second remained in my car's glove compartment until last night.

Thank goodness for sealed plastic wrappers. Thanks to the heat - often at 32C - over the previous few days, the chocolate had completely melted and I had to hold the wrapper very carefully to maintain its shape. I placed it in the fridge last night and tried some this morning.

Despite the melting, it wasn't too bad; if anything, it had become a little sweeter than I expect Bournville to be. My favourite dark chocolate is that made by the fair trade brand, Divine, which is more bitter than Bournville. I wasn't too disappointed, though, and will have some chocolate with my coffee when I'm working from home tomorrow.

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Posted by: Katsue (katsue_fox)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 07:01 am (UTC)

Chocolate... *pines* We rarely get chocolate in any more because of my partner being diagnosed as borderline diabetic.

Those sealed plastic wrappers are wonderful compared with the paper and foil wrapping!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)

The sealed plastic wrapper was in this case a godsend - otherwise I'd have had chocolate all over my car manual!

Sorry to hear about the borderline diabetes - is this hypoglycaemia or the like? One of my uncles is diabetic and has to watch everything about his health very carefully, so I'm vaguely familiar with what the situation can be like.

Posted by: Katsue (katsue_fox)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 01:54 pm (UTC)

Fortunately, my partner is *in danger of becoming* diabetic rather than actually diabetic - the same is the case for his mother. This means that he has to be ultra-careful about what he eats and drinks, his weight, etc. Hopefully he won't become fully diabetic, because he is sticking rigorously to his diet and suggested amount of exercise. He also can't have salt because of his blood pressure. :(

I'm so used to all the food in the house being healthy I don't really notice it, but when Penny was round the other day and asked if she could have a biscuit, I suddenly realised the only sweet stuff we had to offer her was cereal bars!

*Contemplates getting Penny a huge chocolate cake (amongst other things) for her birthday*

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 08:05 am (UTC)

That brings back memories of childhood summer driving tours in the US, before the days of air-conditioning in cars, and coming back to the car to find the same thing had happened to our crayons...

Nice to find another fan of Divine chocolate. Their milk chocolate is far better than Cadbury's or Galaxy.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC)

I'm less fond of their milk chocolate actually, but I'm going off milk chocolate as a whole in any case.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
Ana's Tsuzuki

An entry entirely devoted to chocolate! You *do* have an inner woman.
Though only a man would give the name and technical specs of the service station.

Posted by: Polly (jane_somebody)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 01:10 pm (UTC)

Well, this is a man with a particular fondness for road-maps ;-)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 01:29 pm (UTC)

I see my (in)fame has travelled far...

Posted by: Polly (jane_somebody)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 03:12 pm (UTC)

No, no, not at all. I distinctly remember you expounding to me on the subject, several years ago. It struck me at the time, and does still, as the sort of thing that is potentially very interesting, even if it doesn't happen particularly to interest me specifically. My father, I think, would find it very interesting.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 03:28 pm (UTC)

It probably followed on from a conversation about bus tickets, which have a tendency to clutter my wallet if unchecked. Sadly the most archaic ones were stolen three years ago in St Petersburg...

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: June 15th, 2004 01:36 pm (UTC)

I didn't give its name, actually, which technically is 'Oxford', though Wheatley or Waterstock would be more appropriate. Welcome Break are the owner-operators.

I've had a little more chocolate just now, and it confirms my earlier impressions. I also have to hack away at the thing with a knife!