Chocolate Week

Though I most often talk about holidays which are national to the United States, this is one I couldn’t pass up. In Britain, the second week in October is Chocolate Week. There are things going on all week, culminating in The Chocolate Show this weekend at Olympia National Hall, London. Quoting from the Website: “Hundreds of events are expected this Chocolate Week around the UK, with the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants celebrating by hosting talks, tastings, demonstrations and sampling, as well as creating exclusive products, new launches, offers, chocolate meals, cocktails and recipes using some of the best chocolate brands from around the world.”

The organizers of the week expect 20,000 fans to visit the chocolate show this weekend. I would love to be there!

Chocolate Week not only is to promote chocolate, but to highlight artisan chocolate makers, and the companies who work with cocoa farmers to promote fair trade chocolate. This is important, as some of the larger chocolate makers rely on slave labor to harvest the cacao beans. (I won’t name names, but you can enter your preferred brand into a search engine, adding the word slavery.) I try to make it a practice to buy only fair trade chocolate myself. It is more expensive, but also more ethical.

So the best way I know of to celebrate this week is by eating chocolate. If you have never tried fair trade chocolate, this is the perfect week to check it out. Enjoy!

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Quotes about chocolate:

After about 20 years of marriage, I’m finally starting to scratch the surface of that one [what women want]. And I think the answer lies somewhere between conversation and chocolate.–Mel Gibson

And above all… Think Chocolate!–Betty Crocker

Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.–Michael Levine

Chocolate causes certain endocrine glands to secrete hormones that affect your feelings and behavior by making you happy. Therefore, it counteracts depression, in turn reducing the stress of depression. Your stress-free life helps you maintain a youthful disposition, both physically and mentally. So, eat lots of chocolate!–Elaine Sherman

Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment.–Catherine Aitken

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

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?

Make a list of important things to do today. At the top of your list, put “eat chocolate.” Now, you’ll get at least one thing done today.–Gina Hayes

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

Find more than 9000 inspirational quotes and a link to the Quote of the Day list, as well as quotation related merchandise, at http://www.quotelady.com.

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