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chocolate obsession, or the desk drawer, redux

Ruth Lafler Aug 21, 2007 02:52 PM

A year ago, I did an inventory of the foodstuffs in my desk, with rather shocking results: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/301855

Okay, I've been on a new eating regimen (not doing the "d" word) so the contents of the desk drawer has changed, but it's still mostly chocolate. Only now it's all dark chocolate (no more M&Ms for the office candy dish). I just counted eight different kinds of dark chocolate in my desk drawer. Actually, eight different brands (that doesn't include where I have more than one bar from the same brand with different "stuff" in it).

Does having eight different brands of dark chocolate in my desk drawer make me certifiably obsessed? Do I need help (not with the "eating regimen": I've lost 30 pounds and lowered my cholesterol 27 points)?

Just because someone is going to ask:
Cote d'Or
Michel Cluizel
Trader Joe's
A brand I can't remember the name of (I've lost the outer wrappers)
Regal Dynasty (for making hot chocolate)
Vintage Plantations

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  1. wino22 RE: Ruth Lafler Aug 21, 2007 03:35 PM

    I think you are obsessed, dear Ruth. But, it makes me infinitely happy to know that there is someone else out there who shares my love of chocolate this much. I keep a stash of assorted chocolates at my desk and have one after breakfast and lunch. At home... I keep stashes in some of my clothes drawers, the back of the pantry, in shoeboxes, and in my car. Sad. I know.

    But, if you are down 30 lbs, with a lower cholesterol to boot, well... you are on the right track.

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      Ruth Lafler RE: wino22 Aug 21, 2007 04:24 PM

      At home, the stash is in the kitchen "junk" drawer and I just remembered there's some in a carry-bag on the hook on the back of the bedroom door.

      Oh, and the purse -- I have usually have at least part of one of those 50 gram TJ's bars, and right now there's some Richard Donnelly rose-flavored dark chocolate. I guess the bright spot is: the reason I have so much lying around is that I haven't scarfed it down!

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        The Dairy Queen RE: Ruth Lafler Aug 21, 2007 05:54 PM

        I'm so impressed that you haven't scarfed it all down! I can't make a piece of chocolate last more than a day, really.

        I am so delighted to hear that you dropped 30 lbs and lowered your cholesterol with your new eating regimen within the past year. That is a real inspiration.

        My apologies if you've discussed this elsewhere (and, if so, would you mind providing a link if you have one handy, please?), but would you mind sharing your approach, pleae? I would like to drop about that same amount, not for cholesterol, but for borderline high blood pressure but I'm having a really hard time to committing to a "diet." And, no matter how many times I've started, I can't seem to have any discipline to maintain a non-diet that just involved healthy eating.

        Perhaps you have some secrets to share? Thank you!



        1. re: The Dairy Queen
          Ruth Lafler RE: The Dairy Queen Aug 21, 2007 08:09 PM

          I'll be happy to discuss it with you, but I'm afraid it would be off topic. Feel free to drop me an email at the address in my profile.

    2. Living4fun RE: Ruth Lafler Aug 21, 2007 03:38 PM

      M&M's come in dark chocolate now. They are good. I love the Lindt dark chocolate truffles. Keeping my stash in the freezer seems to help a little bit. I know that won'thelp in an office setting....people like to snitch the goodies.

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        mariekeac RE: Living4fun Aug 21, 2007 08:16 PM

        Oooooooooh, the Lindt Dark Chocolate 'bars' ( the little squares) in the freezer makes them taste even better!!!!!! not really working for me, coz of course then I do have to eat the entire bar!!!!
        I love dark chocolate, the darker the less you eat though!!! which is good! i guess...

        1. re: mariekeac
          goodhealthgourmet RE: mariekeac Aug 21, 2007 08:23 PM

          'the darker, the less you eat' ???

          speak for yourself! i'm usually 'over' milk chocolate after a bite or 2, but earthy, rich, dark, bittersweet chocolate....that's where i get into trouble :)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet
            stolenchange RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 21, 2007 08:48 PM

            I'm in the "the darker, the lesser" camp. I can easily polish off a large bag of hershey kisses or M&Ms without thinking about it. But with dark chocolate (70% plus) a few squares does it for me.

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        M. Fuller RE: Ruth Lafler Aug 22, 2007 12:15 AM

        M & M's in dark chocolate peanut NOW. Just heard today on the TV. Up here in the NW we have Harry and David's for their superb 'moose munch' and bars. It is basically caramel corn with chocolate nuts in it and then they make it into the bars and chocolate coat it!!! You can order the munch online but I have only found the bars in Target Stores in the area. Dark Chocolate is fabulous. I have recently found Hershey's makes little tins of 8 truffles, for which the whole tin is only 23 carbs! They are so delicious I can eat only one a day and be satisfied! I've lost 70 pounds by walking, eating dark chocolate and giving up chips, etc.

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