Monday, September 17, 2007

ChocolateBet: October 6, 2006

Chocolate of the Day:

Extra Dark - Pure Dark Chocolate
Weight: .6 oz.? (guess)

For anyone that even dabbles in the occasional chocolate, it probably has not escaped your notice that Hershey is a big name in chocolate.

Years ago, I took my young daughter on lot of factory and behind-the-scenes tours. One such trip involved a visit to the local sewage treatement plant, complete with a personally guided tour by a city employee, who warned us at one point to stand back from the metal railing -- not because we were in danger of falling into a tank, but perhaps because there was some possibility of sludge backsplash. I guess I was hoping to encourage her curiousity about life. Having a child also gave me a change to relive my own childhood, or parts of it I found fun at least. An excuse to go see animated movies. Hurray! Eventually my daughter figured out that the sewage plant, in retrospect, was only sort of interesting, and a little disgusting. And she rolled her eyes up into here head every time I suggested we go see a new movie. "It's animated, isn't it?" she would groan. However, one trip that I hope she remembers, is one we took to Oakdale, CA, to tour the Hershey plant.

I remember the two of us looking down into cavernous rooms with large conveyer belts - that carried a dizzying volume of little chocolate pieces, that eventually ended up (I think) in a little chocolate store at the end. By this time, we knew that my daughter was allergic to peanuts, so we were careful to steer clear of products that had nuts. Other than that cautionary note, it was great fun.

More recently, Hershey has diversified into higher-end dark chocolate. Today I had a small, individually wrapped, piece of Extra Dark, Pure Dark Chocolate (just to emphasize this wasn't the traditional milk chocolate bar I guess). It was good. I look forward to trying other items in their newer lines.

My fantasy is that I find some way to travel to the Hershey chocolate spa in Hershey, PA, before this whole chocolate-eating-year ends.

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