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When British Blue-Bloods of the feminine sort gather to discuss the condition of the grounds at the Palace, or the Queen’s latest hat, they often enjoy a spot of tea.

In Russia, they raise a glass of Vodka to toast the always pristine performances of the ballet — or the winners of the latest strong man competition — depending on which sport they support.

With their pinky fingers poised just so, the French have sipped their fine wines for generations as they tout strolling the Riviera.

At home here in the USA, we are likely to reach for anything that is made with, dipped in, drizzled on, or solely made of CHOCOLATE! Not only are there several types of chocolate to choose from, but the “fillers” range from crispy pretzels and cereal, to melt-in-your-mouth creamy centers, to healthy fruits and nuts. This month’s assortment has something for everyone. What do YOU crave?

Nestled in the center of your box you’ll find chocolate covered coconut barque and almond treats. (Some drenched in sweet milk chocolate, the rest in decadent dark.) Coconut is the fruit (called a drupe) of the coconut palm. It has saved countless castaways and (Survivor contestants) from starvation and dehydration, and can do the same for us — only in less dramatic fashion. There are shards of almonds, too, proven to be good for our hearts, and also boost our immune systems. You’ll be safe and happy if you choose this morsel.

In a ring around the center, again showered in chocolate, you can pick your favorite healthy fruit — strawberry and raspberry are the flavors this month. Or, if you’re a vanilla-type of person (and of course I mean that in a GOOD way), zero in on that *oaxaca gem before someone else snatches it. No need to poise that pinky — just grab it and enjoy!

*How is “oaxaca” pronounced? Even the experts cannot agree! Which is easiest for you to say: “wah-hass-sah” or “wah-haak-kah”? 

– Coconut Oil Keeps Tara from ‘Druping’ –

Coconut oil, squeezed from the white flesh of the coconut (also known as a drupe), is a kitchen staple. Tara from Arizona recently shared that she adds extra zip to her morning coffee with a few drops. (When she’s tired, she insists it keeps her from feeling ‘drupy.’) Then she moisturizes her face with a few more drops, to keep her face from ‘druping.’ The girl is a “well-oiled” machine!

This Month’s Selection From Your Favorite Chocolate of The Month Club:  “TROPICAL BREEZE”  CENTER PIECES ARE, MILK & DARK CHOCOLATE, COCONUT BARQUE, WITH ALMONDS,  OUTER PIECES ARE MILK CHOCOLATE with OAXACA VANILLA, WHITE CHOCOLATE with STRAWBERRY CREAM, & DARK CHOCOLATE with RASPBERRY FILLING

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