Monday, 10 September 2012

What's Your Chocolate? blogfest

When someone asks me a question about chocolate, I can't help but reply!

M Pax, Laura, Brinda and Ciara obviously have chocolate on the brain even more than me, because I'd never have considered a chocolate-based blogfest, but these lovely ladies did.


This is the story of my first taste of chocolate.

I was born on a pretty unique day: the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. This is unique because although my birthday has and will continue to fall on Saturdays, I will be 73 the next time my birthday falls on an Easter Saturday (Western calendar).

Pretty cool, I think!

So, the day after I was born it was Easter Sunday, and at the age of about 12 hours, my dad put a tiny speck of Cadbury's Creme Egg on the tip of his finger and let me have my first taste of chocolate. I couldn't tell you what it tasted like, I was far too busy being cuddled and drifting off to sleep, but I'm sure there was a brief insight of all the wonderful things I could look forward to when I got bigger and was able to do things like roll over and sit up all by myself!

I've been slightly obsessive about chocolate ever since - and especially about Easter Eggs. There's something so lovely about the shape and the size, and the smaller eggs or bars hidden inside. As a grown-up, I've learnt to live with having just one egg (sigh), but I make sure it's a good one!

I really, really love those eggs which have full-sized chocolate box chocolates inside them!

Actually it's been a very long time since I've had a Creme Egg - and I'm fairly sure we Brits stick to having them as Easter treats (by which I mean, they go on sale on Boxing Day). But just in case, I think I'll pop to the shop...

The question has to be, was I the youngest chocolate-eater?


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  1. We have WAY too much in common! I also have a thing about Easter eggs - though it has nothing to do with my birthday lol. Cadbury's Creme eggs are the best invention ever!

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    1. It's really hard when the shops start selling them in January! It feels wrong to eat them before Easter...

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  2. Wow, a great chocolate tale! I'm going to confess that I'm not a chocoholic AT ALL! I do eat the occasional chocolate (and enjoy it), but I can go without it for weeks on end.

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    1. ... ... ... ....

      (That's me lost for words at someone who can actually go weeks without chocolate)

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  3. What a naughty Dad! There is something about the taste of the chocolate when it is in the shape of an Easter Egg, it must be some mental connection which changes the perception of taste!

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    1. Yes, it's very strange. But I don't question it :-)

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  4. What a nice story! I'm pretty sure you were the youngest one:) That's neat to know so much about your birthday/year combination!

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    1. Neat, or nerd? You can be honest with me, Marta :-)

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  5. Hi Annalisa - gosh you must definitely be the youngest taster ever!! I'ts funny isn't it - I hate creme eggs ... will not eat them and dislike them intensely ... other chocolate absolutely fine - fortunately I don't tend to eat too much - but when I get some ... I guzzle it down!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. There's so much choice of chocolate, there's enough for everyone to hate something... even me!

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  6. I saw that Cadbury has some Halloween creme eggs available now. It seemed wrong to me. They're an Easter thing only an Easter thing.

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    1. Yes, I'm not sure about that. Likewise, making Creme Eggs into bars, not sure that's completely right either!

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  7. I saw the scream eggs too - reminded me more of Dr Seuss's green eggs and ham

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    1. Oh yes, I'd forgotten they were green. Reminds me of lots of things I wouldn't want to be reminded of while eating chocolate!

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  8. I think you win for youngest consumer of chocolate-hands down. This blog fest is making me crazy with cravings for all of these chocolatey creations. Too bad we have to wait until Easter to get the Cadbury Eggs!

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    1. Yes... but... there's loads of other chocolates to get through in the next 6 months!

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  9. Cute story! I'm willing to bet that you're the winner. :)

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    1. I thought about giving my new-borns chocolate, but Hubby wouldn't let me!

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  10. Love the story. I think chocolate should have a holiday! :) I can only imagine. I gave my 3 month old grandson a taste of icing yesterday and his eyes flew wide open. :)

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    1. Lol, I love that moment when babies taste something other than milk or baby rice for the first time - it's such a revelation for them :-)

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  11. I think you win for youngest chocolate eater!

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  12. I think you do win. I do think chocolate makes the holiday more special~ Happy Chocolate day!

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  13. aww, started you young!
    i keep a choc stash in my desk, for the mid writing pick me up!

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    1. If I had a stash it really wouldn't last long enough to be called a stash - it would be a snack!

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  14. When I had a real job I would walk around the office and pick a few chocolates from each desk. Gave me an excuse to say good morning to everyone.

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  15. There is something special about those eggs. Maybe because they're not always available.

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    1. You got me thinking about why, exactly, I love Easter Eggs, but I really couldn't pinpoint it. Maybe you're right.

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  16. Very cute story! Cadbury creme eggs are a favorite of mine too. :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel. I'm sure they've got smaller over the years though.

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  17. Your dad did right by starting you young! :)

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  18. I'm betting that the introduction to chocolate so early in your formative years seeped into your genetic code and forever bonded you to this delectable treat.

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    1. Exactly. I find if I stand too close to a heater, I start to melt! And I get pretty brittle in the cold too... :-)

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  19. You must be the winner for the youngest ever chocolate lover! Great story! Following your blog now.
    Catherine Stine’s Idea City

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  20. What a cute story! There's an awful lot of chocolate around the blogosphere today it's all just too tempting and I've had to snaffle a pot of choc mousse because that's all I could find in the house!

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    1. I had some dark chocolate lurking in a cupboard... Who am I kidding... Hubby buys me a 100g dark chocolate bar with the weekly shop :-)

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  21. What a sweet story! I think you're the youngest I've ever known. I didn't let my son have a taste of chocolate until he was over six months old.

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    1. I wasn't allowed to give my kids chocolate that early either. I tried. I wanted to, but Hubby said no :-(

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  22. I have no memory of my first taste of chocolate, so I'm willing to concede that you were the youngest.

    Since you'll be 73 the next time your birthday falls on Easter Saturday, does that mean you'll be 146 the time after that? If you eat chocolate that day I bet you'll also be the oldest!

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    1. I'll be sure to eat some on my 146th, just to make sure :-)

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  23. What a great story!
    I love, love, love Cadbury creme eggs. I stocked up during the after Easter sales, but the stash did not last as long as it should have.

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    1. Hubby stocks up every year. I try hard to ration what I eat, so I consider his stash to be off-limits for me, and that helps the waistline no end!

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  24. I love this story! My mom and sisters are huge fans of these eggs and now my nephews are.

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    1. They're especially good if you lick out the inside then eat the chocolate. Best done in private though :-)

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  25. Cadbury EGGS!!! I remember hunting for those. Oh my gosh those were Pay Dirt when I found those. They are SOOO sweet! :)

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    1. The sweetness means I can't eat too many. I like dark chocolate more these days.

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  26. What a great story...and yes, I love cadbury eggs at Easter... yum.

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    1. Thanks Tania :-) There's something special about Cadbury chocolate.

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  27. You get my vote for youngest indulger of chocolate even if it was involuntary.

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    1. I was born for chocolate. I suffered 12 hours WITHOUT it! :-D

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  28. I'm voting that you win, hands down, as the youngest chocolate eater I've ever met.

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  29. I think you are the youngest person to ever eat chocolate. :)

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  30. Ever thought of the Guinness Book of Records with that one?? I have to say, generally, I'm quite disappointed by Easter eggs (sorry!) although LOVE creme eggs. Really, I want the chocolatey extra to be actually inside the egg like the good old days, not in a separate carton at the bottom of the box. I mean, where's the romance in that? However, I see that you have found eggs with a whole box of chocolates inside them. Wahey! Please, point me in their direction.

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    1. Yes, a lot of them have moved them outside. I suppose it's one of those boring marketing things. Thorntons do boxes of chocs with some of their eggs - the really huge eggs that cost £10 :-)

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  31. What a great story! And, may I add, I adore Cadbury eggs.

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  32. What a cute story! I don't like chocolate, but once a year Mini Eggs would come out, and one tiny little bag would suffice until next Easter... Now that has been ruined with them being sold all year round. Gone is another great tradition.

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    1. My mum used to go to the market at Easter and buy me and my sister 1kg of mini eggs... they never lasted long for me, but my sister would still be eating them 2 months later!

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  33. Wow! I have no idea when I had my first taste of chocolate. I love those creme eggs, though they are so sweet they usually make my teeth hurt. haha.

    Allison (Geek Banter)

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    1. Yes, I can't eat as many in one go as I used to. After having gestational diabetes 9 years ago, my taste buds changed away from sugar.

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  34. What a lovely story about you and your dad, and your birthdate is absolutely cool! :-)

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  35. Cadbury and Hershey's are the two most popular chocolates here in the Philippines with Toblerone running neck and neck at times.

    I wasn't fortunate to be born on a ChocDay, but I endeavor to do my part to keep the manufacturers busy and those factories running. lol

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    1. There was a time when I thought Cadbury's was only surviving because of me - I've weened myself off now, and I only eat chocolate like a normal person. (When I was about 14, I used to eat about 5 Mars Bars in one go!)

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  36. Your first chocolate experience rang a bell. When my elder daughter came out of hospital at a week old we stopped off at the pub to show her off and her dad gave her a fingerful of beer. She still likes it!

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  37. Wow chocolate before you were a day old, taht's awesome! I love creme eggs so much that my fave thing about xmas is it means they will be on sale soon! :)

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    1. Chocolate before I was a day old explains an awful lot about the rest of my life :-)

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  38. Annalisa, this makes me love your dad! That is, literally, such a sweet story!

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    1. He's always kept me in chocolate... He's a lovely, wonderful man :-)

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  39. That was one good birthday choice! All those Easters to celebrate on.

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    1. Except Easter varies by two weeks either side of my birthday. Easter is March is the most horrible. Thanks for the follow.

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  40. sounds yummy! you know, I dont' think I've ever had a cadbury's egg! I'm sure I'm missing out.
    Nutschell
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  41. Your dad truly loves you! Mmm, Cadbury Cream Eggs are my favorite! I wait till after they go on sale after Easter and stock up! They never last long, and I'm not ashamed.

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    1. I was the first born. My sister was born in June, she didn't get chocolate until Christmas :-) I couldn't eat many anymore, but Hubby stocks up too.

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  42. I think you won the youngest chocolate eater trophy! Thanks for joining the blogfest!

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    1. :-D It's been a great blogfest - I have eaten more chocolate than usual though.

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  43. Creme eggs!! God I love those things ;) But whenever I have one, I seem compelled to gulp it down in one single mouthful, which makes me feel a bit sickly after. hehe

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    1. Ah, Trisha, the REAL way to eat a Creme Egg is to bite off the top, lick/suck/slurp out the middle (that takes practise and shouldn't be done in public!) and then eat the rest of the shell in one go!

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  44. my parents used to leave a trail of easter eggs leading from my and my siblings rooms all over the house to hidden easter baskets... but we were so eager we scooped up all the eggs as quick as we could and could never find the easter baskets with all the good stuff! lol

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    1. We never had Easter Egg hunts - that was just too much time out of the actual eating. And once discovered she could buy mini eggs at the local market, she'd just dump a 1kg bag in front of us - one each, that is!

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  45. I can't resist chocolate eggs during Easter time. I like the chocolate creme ones--double the chocolate for me.

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  46. I think you simply had to love chocolate because of when your birthday falls! It was destiny. :) I like the large Cadbury eggs, too- but my favorite are the mini eggs. They are just so delicious!

    ~Jess

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    1. Yep, mini eggs, creme eggs, big eggs, bigger eggs... they're all good to me :-)

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  47. what a sweet introduction to chocolate! Not even a day old. I don't know a woman who isn't a fan of chocolate. I have a doctor friend who told me there really IS a hormonal component. :-) I love dark over milk, and my favorite combo is the dark chocolate/raspberry cream egg by Russell Stover. Divine!

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    1. I love the chocolate/raspberry combination - best on a torte as dessert, I think!

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