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I love dark chocolate — only dark chocolate. Milk chocolate does not even tempt me. A while back, I was given a box of See’s assorted dark chocolates. I was thrilled with the gift but some mixed emotions came with it.
I was not familiar with See’s chocolates as I’ve always gotten my chocolate fix from Esther Price Candies, Dayton Ohio’s own local source of rich, delicious dark chocolates. Esther Price is a tough act to follow, but I was up to the challenge of sacrificing myself to the cause of trying something new.
The experience was akin to meeting a person for the first time and checking them out to see if they have what it takes to be a “friend” or a mere “acquaintance”. You know what I mean — are they even-tempered or a little wild; can you count on them to be there for you when times are tough?
My old friend, Esther Price, was comfortable. I knew what to expect — each swirl or ripple told me that it was a chocolate cream or coconut filling.
This new friend, See’s, was completely unpredictable. Is that one going to be chewy or creamy? dark or light filling? with caramel?
It takes me a long time to make friends with people — talk on the phone this week, get together for lunch next month… Why should it be any different with chocolate, especially since I only eat one piece of chocolate a day to keep the old weight under control. It took a while for the relationship to develop.
It was quite interesting. I found that I came to look forward to the excitement of not knowing what was in the the unfamiliar swirl or which nut was popping its head through the hard chocolate cover. Many of the cream fillings had totally new flavors that my other friend did not have. I liked the variety.
I’ve since finished the box and discovered a little bit about myself in the process. Familiar is nice, but not as exciting as a little variety from time-to-time. I’ve found a new friend in See’s Dark Chocolate Candies and will invite them over to my house again soon.