Chocolate Lovers

I have had a serious chocolate habit all my life. I love dark, dark bittersweet chocolate, the darker the better. My current favorite is Scharffenberger chocolate, and I keep a couple of small bars in my handbag at all times, and stashed in my desk. I can never resist a chocolate dessert, and sometimes I use the ‘zip’ that chocolate gives me, to work late at night. Well, tonight I went to the ultimate chocolate lovers’ reunion. The Chocolate Eaters Club in Paris. Wow!!!

They meet four times a year, and this was the third time I’ve been invited (someone squealed about how much I love chocolate), and it’s a serious ‘tasting’ event, like a wine tasting, only it’s alllllllll chocolate. There is bread and water on the table to clear your palate. The first time I went to one of their meetings, they served several kinds of chocolate. The second time I went, we tasted 5 kinds of mousse au chocolat. And I’m not a big fan of chocolate mousse, I like plain old bittersweet chocolate. And tonight, we tasted l6 kinds of chocolate from 5 different chocolate makers in Switzerland, and the members of the club took it VERY seriously. there were raspberry flavored chocolates, one with pistachios, one with passion fruit, and another with saffron (which was kind of an interesting taste. previously, I had tasted one with red peppers, which I didn’t like). And there we sat for an hour and a half, tasting different chocolates and discussing them, and after a while they all tasted the same to me, and I actually started to feel as though I was overdosing on chocolate. Can there be too much of a good thing? Well, maybe. But most of them were delicious, and even though I had promised myself to only have a tiny taste of each, I started nibbling more and more and more of what was sitting in front of me on my plate. It was kind of a funny event, instead of feeling like my chocolate was a guilty pleasure, I was expected to be serious and intelligent about it. Most of them were dark chocolate, which was all the more tempting for me.

When I finally left the club meeting, I felt as though I had eaten more chocolate than ever before in my life. I swore to myself I didn’t want to see chocolate again, at least for several days, and I sincerely believed that. And by now, about to write this blog, I just popped a chocolate from my fridge into my mouth. Hard to believe. Tomorrow is another day, and I’m sure there will be chocolate in it. But tonight was quite remarkable. I felt almost drunk on chocolate. It was quite an event!!! A chocolate lover’s dream……

Love, Danielle

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12 Comments so far
  1. Lenvy Montifolka July 12, 2011 3:18 am

    hello! I’m Lenvy from the Philippines. I love your books especially the Echoes. I cried a lot when i read it. Its so touching. Hope that I can buy your books again soon. Good bless you.

  2. Danielle P. July 12, 2011 6:45 am


    My name is Danielle, and I’m a nursing student from PA. I am currently taking a English 102 class and we are required to do a research paper of an aspect of an fictional author’s life and how it could have played a role in their works. I was inspired by your bio and would love to be able to write my paper about you. I was wondering if you would be able to give me a little incite on an aspect or experience in your life that has maybe tumbled into to one or more of your fictional stories? I know you are a private and very busy woman and I respect that completely, this is why it has been rather difficult to do my paper so far. Thank you for your amazing books and for this even more amazing blog!!!

    Danielle P.

  3. mELissa July 15, 2011 4:14 pm

    I love chocolate too. It is the best thing in the world. I like the way you describe the passion for it in your article. You are right when you admit that it is an adicction

  4. becky kaplan July 16, 2011 11:02 am

    i love all of your books. the know that i love is about your son. thankyou very much beckykaplan from charlotte north carolina

  5. Kimberly July 16, 2011 11:39 am

    I so understand the comfort that chocolate brings! Nothing is quite more soothing when in a time of need! One of my greatest comforts & joys is chocolate pudding! 🙂 For a stressful day at work, a Hershey’s chocolate bar is always a good, quick fix to calm my nerves, too! 🙂 For a true luxury, I will go to Baskin Robbins and find the richest chocolate ice cream they have and get the Banana Royal Sundae!! 🙂

  6. Brenda July 19, 2011 8:02 am

    I love reading your books. Inspiring and very amazing novels!!! and I love chocolates too ☺

  7. Melody July 24, 2011 1:42 pm

    I too am a chocolate lover and I have discovered an amazing HEALTHY CHOCOLATE! It is delicious and has numerous health benefits. And best of all you can make money by just eating it and sharing the concept with others. Email me if you would like to know more. Melody

  8. Carolyn Burris (Tipton, IN) July 26, 2011 11:40 am

    I share the same taste for dark chocolate. You are a beautiful woman, and the pictures on your website are gorgeous. You certainly have beautiful long hair.

  9. laura July 30, 2011 7:14 am

    I love your books! I have read the folling in order : zoya, accident, miracle, bungalow 2, dating game, no greater love, and at the moment I am reading the house on hope street and i am at page 262, and almost finnished your next book I am going to read is A GOOD WOMAN because i have not read the blurb yet and i dont know what is going to happen. The House on Hope Street is the sadest books i have read out of your books i have read so far this year i have only read your books and no other auther. i did meet cathy hopkins the other week but her books dont sound very exiting but no where near as good as yours. the books i have bought second hand waiting for me to read are the following: A GOOD WOMAN, ransom, secrets, daddy, wanderlust, the cottage and i am planning to get all the rest. my mum loves your books to she has only read: secrets, zoyz, accident she is called lucy and she is 35 i have got to go now because my mum and sister are going to a tea-kon-do demo and i am going to chere them on bye XXXXXXXX
    DT9 5EZ

  10. christine August 12, 2011 3:19 pm

    hiiiiiii,am krissy and am just in love with your far i have read sisters,no greater love family ties and dating game.i love your creativity and the way you are able yo keep readers intrigued till the are my favourite author and thumbs up for your good work.

  11. Kim August 18, 2011 8:42 pm

    Danielle, My Mom passed away in May, and she truly Loved ur books. She has all ur hard back books, she goes to the store as soon as one comes out, to get it in hard back. I just read the last one she had sent me to read and it was so good. My Husband and I are going to continue getting ur books inhard back for my Mom in her Memory. If you get a chance, please let me know how I can send that last book to you for your autograph. I will give and tell Mom in Heaven one day. Thanks for your Inspiration!!!! She was sick alot and having your books to read always passed the time for her. She was 64 and died of a heart attack. Thanks, Danielle

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