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Confessions produced, and from there it was a short step to solid milk chocolate and Wednesday night Chocoholics Anonymous meetings. Chocolate as a confection and as a candy was developed and refined over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries by the Dutch and the Swiss. Bless them both! Adding fruits and nuts and creating baked goods solidified the craving for that thick, dark sweetness that explodes on the tongue and in the brain, which continues on to this day and will into the future. Sure, there are other sweets. I’m a fan of good genuine vanilla, which has a subtle and varied fla-

Godiva ~ king of the chocolate world. vor. But chocolate just goes with so many things: mint, fruit ~ like pears Helene ~ pears enrobed in chocolate ... don’t you love the word enrobed? Enrobed is a chocolatier’s way of saying it has melted chocolate poured over it, that then

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Tidewater Times September 2013