What? October 28 doesn’t ring any bells for you? You didn’t see the greeting cards?
Well, let me tell you that today is National Chocolate Day!
I admit I’m a choco-holic. My family will tell you that I’ve always had a sweet tooth and that my sweet of choice has always been the melt-in-your-mouth variety. When someone says “kisses,” my first thoughts are of the foil wrapped variety not the smooching type. My husband has grown accustomed to seeing bags of chocolate chips in the vegetable crisper and has long since given up asking if I knew they were there. My favorite sweatshirt has always been the one that proclaims “Give me chocolate and no one gets hurt.” (Sadly, it wore out about 10 years ago. But it’s still my favorite.)
In the summer, chocolate shakes are a must. Hot chocolate is a winter-time staple.
While chocolate may not directly influence my writing, it does serve as an amazing reward for getting words on the page.
And this time of year, I have a bag of chocolate waiting for any Trick-or-Treaters who may find their way to our door. Living in the country, however, means that there will probably be no children ringing our bell and the chocolate will be savored by me over the next few weeks—or days.
So allow me to be the first to wish you all a Happy Chocolate Day. Whether you prefer white, milk, semi-sweet or dark, enjoy a piece in celebration. (Check out Second Helpings: A collection of holiday short stories and recipes, too. You might find a new chocolate dish to share!)
Nichole Bennett has been an avid mystery reader from a young age. Her first novel, Ghost Mountain, is available from Second Wind Publishing. When she’s not writing, Nichole can be found knitting socks, drinking coffee, eating chocolate, or spending too much time online. And reading.