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Point 1: Chocolate grows on trees. That means chocolate could be considered a fruit. Fruit’s good for us, so by association, so is chocolate.

Point 2: Chocolate is also derived from cocoa beans, and beans are a vegetable. (If anyone wants to argue Point 1, kindly refer to Point 2.)

Point 3: Most chocolate is made with a fair share of sugar. Sugar is a by-product of either sugar cane or sugar beets, both of which are plants, which means they could be regarded as vegetables. There you go! You could say sugar is a pseudo-veggie, right?

Point 4: Chocolate candy in most forms contains milk, a dairy product. Milk is considered a near-perfect food. Chocolate candy really IS a health food!

Point 5: Variety is an important part of any balanced diet, and chocolate comes to us in a wide array of choices. There are chocolate covered raisins, cherries, strawberries, coconut, orange slices, etc. — all fruits and all nutritionally beneficial. There are chocolate covered peanuts, cashews, almonds, macadamias, etc. — all protein-rich nuts, and we all need protein to stay healthy!

Then there’s the happiness factor, and you can’t put a limit on happy!

— Go ahead, enjoy without guilt!! —

This  Month’s Heavenly Chocolate Selection: “DECADENT TRUFFLES”

Center bars are a combination of  1 DARK CHOCOLATE  ALLSPICE & CINNAMON CARAMEL BAR & 1 MILK CHOCOLATE IRISH CREAM CARAMEL BAR  Surrounding pieces are a combination of MILK CHOCOLATE DIPPED MARQUIS TRUFFLES, DARK CHOCOLATE DIPPED CREME de MENTHE TRUFFLE  AND WHITE & TOASTED COCONUT DIPPED BOULAE TRUFFLE W/DARK GANACHE CENTER.

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