Chocolate Never Got Its Due Credit
Remember the first time you tasted milk chocolate. Bet you don’t. It’s the same as watching cartoons or getting soaked in the rain for the very first time. You can’t remember when and how you fell in love. The sweetness of the experience is carefully tucked away into the deep recesses of your mind like so many early days memories. Walt Disney couldn’t be more accurate when he talked about the ‘fine clean, unspoiled spot deep down in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget.’
Milk Chocolate has the power to reach that ‘fine, clean, unspoiled spot’ in all of us. And it has to be milk chocolate that does the trick too, probably because it was the very first we tasted. It has been our savior when we were low on energy or when we just wanted something sweet that would melt away all the bitterness from our lives. Some may say it is sweet surrender, but in reality it’s a cocoon that safely takes us back to simpler times when our biggest worry was to get home on time for dinner and our biggest challenge was to save money for that new bike.
Without being nostalgic or philosophical – guilty on both accounts so far – Milk Chocolate is versatile. It’s a great ice breaker, it’s good for your health, is a great energy booster and sometimes it just conveys the right message when you are short on words or ideas. So if you think it’s just cocoa beans with some magical ingredients mixed together to make a sugary treat. Think again. Milk Chocolate may as well be the unsung hero where, as far as inventions are concerned, wheel took all the credit.
Eating chocolate – especially milk chocolate – is like watching anyone hit the Yankees a homerun, if you’re a Red Sox fan that is, or seeing the object of your affection smile at you after a long hard day. It’s pure unadulterated bliss. There is no other way to put it.
If you’re still not convinced that milk chocolate is one of the most significant inventions, here are a couple of facts that may change your mind.
- Defeated the Nazis
Chocolate (particularly Hersheys bar) was part of every GI’s kit during World War II. Soldiers used those bars for rations and energy. Hershey Chocolate Company was awarded the Army – Navy ‘E’ Award for exceeding expectations. So the next time you have a Hersheys, think about all the lives it saved.
- The Old Gold Standard
The Mayans and the Aztecs (inventors of chocolate – gave everyone a pretty good scare in 2012) used chocolate as currency. These civilizations also used chocolate in baptisms and wedding ceremonies. The Mayans never buried their emperors alone, they always sent a jar of chocolate to accompany them.
- Keeps you in Shape and looking Good!
Contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. Recent studies have suggested that hormonal and dietary factors are the real culprits. Chocolate can also help you with your workout. A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism explained that chocolate milk was just as effective as expensive protein shakes and energy drinks.
- Improves your Mood
Milk Chocolate stimulates the production opioid in your brain. These chemicals suppress pain sensations and enhance the pleasant ones. This creates that ‘Zen’ feeling we all crave. So the next time you, your spouse or your boss is having a bad day, invest in some chocolate, you won’t be disappointed.
- Promotes World Trade – Creates Jobs
Reports suggest that the global chocolate market is expected to reach almost a $100 billion in 2016. This will create thousands of jobs and hopefully bring nations together. Here the universal love for chocolate will not only promote trade but also help struggling countries get back on their feet.
It’s fascinating how something we buy almost every day has such a rich history and contributes in so many different ways. Now close your eyes for a second and imagine a world without chocolate. You wouldn’t want to now would you!