National Milk Chocolate Day

July 28 is National Milk Chocolate Day. How could I pass that up? As I mentioned in a previous post, I consider chocolate to be one of the four major food groups, with popcorn being one of the others. So anything to do with chocolate interests me!

Quoting from the Serious Eats Website: “Like all chocolate, milk chocolate is a suspension of cocoa solids in cocoa butter and sometimes other fat, with sugar added for sweetness. In the U.S., milk chocolate must be at least 10% cocoa solids and 12% milk solids…” You can get milk chocolate that has been mass-produced, such as Hershey’s or Cadbury’s, or seek out high-quality milk chocolate made with only the finest beans, and likely a much larger percentage of cocoa solids. Some things to always look for in the chocolate you buy is where the beans come from and how they are harvested. Chocolate companies have been accused of using child labor in the cultivation and harvest of the beans, so for me, fair trade or ecological chocolate is the choice.

However, if you really want to know about chocolate in all its many wonderful forms, you need to read Sandra Boynton’s Chocolate: the Consuming Passion, newly updated at the end of 2015. She says her book was “written for the Chocolate Elite — the select millions who like chocolate in all its infinite variety, using ‘like’ as in ‘I like to breathe.’” Or as she sometimes more succinctly puts it: Chocolate: it’s not just for breakfast anymore.


Quotes about milk chocolate

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.–Sandra Boynton

All of the evil that people have thrust upon chocolate is really more deserved by milk chocolate, which is essentially contaminated. The closer you get to a pure chocolate liquor (the chocolate essence ground from roasted cacao beans) the purer it is, the more satisfying it is, the safer it is, and the healthier it is.–Arnold Ismach

There are four basic food groups-milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.

Chocolate is the Answer. Who cares what the Question is?

The 12-step chocoholics program: Never be more than 12 steps away from chocolate!–Terry Moore

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.–Judith Viorst

Chocolate is God’s apology for broccoli.–Richard Paul Evans

It’s not that chocolates are a substitute for love. Love is a substitute for chocolate. Chocolate is, let’s face it, far more reliable than a man.–Miranda Ingram

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!–Lucy Van Pelt (in Peanuts by Charles Schulz)

I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?

In the beginning, the Lord created chocolate, and he saw that it was good. Then he separated the light from the dark, and it was better.

Chocolate knows no boundaries; speaks all languages; comes in all sizes; is woven through many cultures and disciplines … it impacts mood, health, and economics, and it is a part of our lives from early childhood through the elderly years.–Herman A. Berliner

My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.–Dave Barry

Nobody knows the truffles I’ve seen.–George Lang

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