Researchers have discovered that chocolate produces some of the same reactions in the brain as marijuana. The researchers also discovered other similarities between the two but can't remember what they are.
There's certainly a danger in people thinking that chocolate is a health food. Chocolate is very calorie-dense. Two out of three Americans are already either overweight or obese, so the last thing we need is for people to think they should eat more chocolate ... the evidence just isn't there yet.
My fix is a big piece of chocolate layered cake, my mom's recipe for old-fashioned chocolate cream pie with meringue, chocolate chip cookies, very dark chocolate ice cream with nuts, and a Hershey's chocolate bar with almonds,
My favorites are the chocolate-covered berries -- raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. They are just divine. The berries are always enormous and fresh. I'm also addicted to the almond butter crunch.
As with most fine things, chocolate has its season. There is a simple memory aid that you can use to determine whether it is the correct time to order chocolate dishes: any month whose name contains the letter A, E, or U is the proper time for chocolate.
Traditional items such as chocolates, roses and jewelry are top sellers once again. Popular this year is also spa gift items and gourmet tea and coffee gift baskets. ConsumerClub.com lets shoppers find all these items and more all in one place. They can also comparison shop to be sure they receive the best items at the best prices.