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OnDaFence 31M/38M
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11/28/2018 9:17 pm

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11/30/2018 8:42 pm

Catch Some Flak



Forrest Gump once declared, "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" The same can be said about holidays, as each day seems to bring something new and unexpected., however, I will probably catch some flak for another delectable blog. Today is National Chocolates Day, making it the perfect day for Forrest, or anyone who loves chocolate!



Chocolate comes from a bean called Theobroma cacao. The word "chocolate" itself comes from the Spanish, and it stems from the Aztec word xocolatl, which means "bitter water." The Aztecs pounded the cacao beans and drank them without adding any sugar, and they thought the beans came from the gods. Indeed, Theobroma means "food of the gods." Cocoa beans are about 50% "cocoa butter" and 50% "chocolate liquor." Hernando Cortés brought cocoa beans back to Spain, and a chocolate drink that included sugar became popular right away. This seems to contradict the accounts that say chocolate wasn't introduced in Europe until 1550. The word "chocolate" first appeared in print, in England, in 1604.



During the eighteenth century, a chocolate drink became fashionable throughout Europe, and it first became manufactured in what would become the United States in 1765. The first chocolate factory opened in the United States in 1780, but hard chocolate candy was not yet made until the dawn of the nineteenth century.



Hardened chocolate candy bars first became being sold on a large scale by the Cadbury Company of England in 1842, and "chocolate creams"—candies with sugar-cream centers—were first eaten by Americans in the 1860s.



Milk chocolate was first made by the Swiss in 1875 when Daniel Peter added his chocolate to the newly-discovered sweetened condensed milk of Henry Nestlé, and it became popular in America and Europe.



Milton S. Hershey, who had been in the candy business since the age of fourteen, and who had been quite successful with his Lancaster Caramel Company, was enamored by the chocolate making he saw at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago—especially the making of milk chocolate. The first milk chocolate Hershey bar was produced in 1900, and by 1905 Hershey's enormous factory in Derry Township, Pennsylvania, was in operation. With Hershey's support, a company town sprang up around the factory, and milk from nearby farms was used in making the milk chocolate.



Milton Hershey invented the Hershey's kiss in 1907, and its trademark foil wrapper was added in 1924. Hershey provided troops in World War II with a Ration D bar, and later the better-tasting Tropical Chocolate Bar. These chocolate bars were resistant to temperatures higher than ninety degrees Fahrenheit. Besides Hershey bars and kisses, many other popular types of chocolate candies are under the Hershey's umbrella, including Almond Joy, Mounds, and Reese's.



Another popular candy manufacturer in the United States is Mars, which produces chocolate candy bars such as M&Ms, Three Musketeers, Milky Way, Snickers and Twix.



In addition to being used in candy bars, chocolate is used in cakes, cookies, syrups, fudge, shakes, and many other desserts. As you can see when it comes to CHOCOLATE my mind wanders and I can get sidetracked......



Soooo of course, chocolate also can be made into small "chocolates." These often come in boxes in assorted flavors or are individually wrapped. We celebrate them on Thursday November 29th!

OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/28/2018 9:36 pm

I can see I probably got a bit carried away when writing this blog....


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/28/2018 9:37 pm

SEX and CHOCOLATE.... can cause me to get a tad bit engrossed..........


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/28/2018 9:41 pm

Maybe I need to call in my vaunted legal team Dewey, Cheatham & Howe to come up with an appropriate viewer disclaimer?


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/28/2018 9:43 pm

Chocolate should be in it's own food group essential to life like vitamins with a minimum daily intake.


strtsexboy_1 58M
243 posts
11/29/2018 12:13 am

😋😋😋😋😋😋😋😋


Julie_Tgirl 68T
1844 posts
11/29/2018 12:19 am

Man you messing with me?


Stevie1954 60T
95 posts
11/29/2018 3:37 am

I sat on that same bench in Savannah and I had more than chocolate on my mind! In the end I settled for the chocolate!


jrodd 60M
2671 posts
11/29/2018 4:54 am

Ive only been catching some phlegm lately. Nasty cold and bad nasal and chest goop for three weeks thats not leaving me much of an appetite for anything . My internet is also restricted to the cell phone to ten gigs so time runs out ,if you wonder why I haven't being around often past few months.


Hungr4Yungr 69M
3682 posts
11/29/2018 6:26 am

You are forgiven for getting carried away by the chocolate blog. Who doesn't love it and I agree it should be considered an important part of ones daily diet. I can't eat or drink anything because I am going in for surgery today.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/29/2018 10:02 am


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/29/2018 10:03 am

The thought never crossed my mind...


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/29/2018 10:05 am

    Quoting Stevie1954:
    I sat on that same bench in Savannah and I had more than chocolate on my mind! In the end I settled for the chocolate!
There are times like that where one settles back from #1 to Chocolate.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/29/2018 10:06 am

    Quoting jrodd:
    Ive only been catching some phlegm lately. Nasty cold and bad nasal and chest goop for three weeks thats not leaving me much of an appetite for anything . My internet is also restricted to the cell phone to ten gigs so time runs out ,if you wonder why I haven't being around often past few months.
I had kinda wondered where you wandered off to.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/29/2018 10:08 am

    Quoting Hungr4Yungr:
    You are forgiven for getting carried away by the chocolate blog. Who doesn't love it and I agree it should be considered an important part of ones daily diet. I can't eat or drink anything because I am going in for surgery today.
Good luck with the surgery and sorry for getting carried away with the history of chocolate.


maineiac 76M
2942 posts
11/29/2018 4:50 pm

Always been a chocaholic here as far back as I can remember. First it was hot chocolate, made the old fashioned way, then I had a Milky Way bar and that has been my favorite ever since. I also like the female Hershey bar, that's the one with no nuts in case you're wondering. I take small bites and just let it melt in my mouth. The flavor lasts longer that way.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/29/2018 8:05 pm

    Quoting maineiac:
    Always been a chocaholic here as far back as I can remember. First it was hot chocolate, made the old fashioned way, then I had a Milky Way bar and that has been my favorite ever since. I also like the female Hershey bar, that's the one with no nuts in case you're wondering. I take small bites and just let it melt in my mouth. The flavor lasts longer that way.
I have a small bowl of dark chocolate morsels here on the desk I slowly savor while I am on the PC.


Cummasseur 48M
59 posts
11/29/2018 10:35 pm

They call me "Sexual Chocolate" so thank you for the tribute! lol


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/30/2018 12:07 am

    Quoting Cummasseur:
    They call me "Sexual Chocolate" so thank you for the tribute! lol
I can understand why!.....mmmm smooth as French Silk Pie..........


Julie_Tgirl 68T
1844 posts
11/30/2018 8:58 am

    Quoting OnDaFence:
    The thought never crossed my mind...
You know how girls and women like chocolate! Being a type 2 diabetic I have to be careful with sweets and I luv chocolate. I have heard just from reading that dark chocolate is best for diabetics cuz of a lower sugar content.


OnDaFence 31M/38M
26015 posts
11/30/2018 8:42 pm

    Quoting Julie_Tgirl:
    You know how girls and women like chocolate! Being a type 2 diabetic I have to be careful with sweets and I luv chocolate. I have heard just from reading that dark chocolate is best for diabetics cuz of a lower sugar content.
I have some right handy here on the desk. they cover my cravings.