Chocolate – Personal Essay

Eating chocolate can be one of the most pleasurable things in the world if you are in the right place, at the right time, with the right people, and most of the time, with your favorite kind of chocolate.

Out of a survey of 22 people who liked chocolate and one who didn’t, half of the people preferred milk chocolate, 18.18% favored hot chocolate, and white chocolate and very dark chocolate come in a tie next with 13.63% each. For toppings, 36.36% people liked plain chocolate, 22.73% preferred chocolate with caramel and third in line was chocolate containing liquor inside with 18.18%.

I, however, like plain milk chocolate or with dried fruits, preferably the brand Lindt or Ferrero Rocher. Hot chocolate is an enjoyment, too, but only in winter when the weather is cold.

For me, chocolate is great for all occasions; the only downside to chocolate is that it is packed with sugar and unhealthy if eaten in large amounts. I use chocolate as a little reward for myself for when I get good grades, when I win something, or when I finish a project that took a lot of effort. For example, when I was little, I would sometimes keep a bag of m&m’s on my desk and everyday after I finished all of my homework, I would eat ten m&m’s. It made me more motivated to do my homework quickly, and this method of self-discipline worked well for a long time.

Chocolate is also great for cheering someone up on a bad day. At church when I was America, I would bring some chocolates if I had any and if I saw one of my mom’s students crying, I’d tell them that if they stopped crying, I’d give them chocolate. My dad did the same thing, except he gave candy to all the little children and a lot of children came to church willingly just for his treats. In time, he was known as “Tang shu shu” which means Mr. Candy and I was “Tang jie jie”, meaning Miss Candy/older sister. Chocolate does not work only on little children; it’s great for anyone at any sad moment in life. The most popular images are the ones of teenage girls, freshly dumped eating chocolate like it’s the only food on earth. I have never had this experience, but some of my friends turn to chocolate when they are depressed.

Chocolate is a great gift for anyone at anytime. Valentines Day, White Day, Christmas, birthdays, and more are holidays where giving chocolate is very common. The perfect box for chocolate in my opinion is a beautiful golden box with dark brown ribbons tying it together. To add a dash of creativity, chocolate can be melted for anyone to shape into hearts, stars, and anything they can think of. Most people like chocolate, so this present is usually safe to give; negative reactions are usually rare, and in my case, chocolate is always a great present.

Jacqueline M. Faulkner

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