Must Have Chocolate (while I write my romance)

I’m having cravings.  (Oh. Don’t worry, honey, not THOSE sort of cravings.) I’m craving chocolate. Hershey’s Special Dark (mildly sweet chocolate) Nuggets with Almonds to be exact. I blame my Cousin Marilyn for this new found addiction, but no need to go into that here.

The higher my word count climbs, the deeper I get into my story, the closer I get to my deadline, the more intense my desire for chocolate. I use it as a reward. No chocolate until you complete 1,500 words. (I can be a tough taskmaster.) Usually around 750 I start to bargain with myself. With a little jolt I’ll get to 1,500 a lot quicker. I need a pick-me-up to combat my low blood sugar. To heck with me, my muse is starving and about to stage a creativity strike.   

Can you keep a secret? If you can, read on. If not, please skip to the next paragraph. I keep a hidden stash of my beloved nuggets in the back left corner of the freezer, behind the waffles. So far they haven’ t been discovered.

This hiding of chocolate and only partaking of its luscious goodness when no one is around to witness my indulgence, is a bit worrisome. The results of my new chocolate addiction (aka the uncontrolled rapid expansion of my thighs and waistline) are not so easily hidden.  Could it be the beginnings of menopause I ask my doctor hopefully. (I attribute a lot of things to the beginnings of menopause lately.) My doctor told me to knock it off and cut back on my intake of life sustaining food. Sadist.

I’ve always liked chocolate, but this daily urge to consume it is new to me. I’m happy to report I’ve kept my consumption to one delicious nugget per day. (Except, well, today I had two. It wasn’t by choice mind you, but, with total accuracy of information in mind, I wanted to make sure I wrote down the name of my new love exactly as it appears on the wrapper. In order to do that I had to sneak into the kitchen and retrieve one. My family was everywhere. Sometimes it feels like there are dozens of them, rather than the four there actually are. I couldn’t risk an attempt to return it, or the possibility of getting caught with it. So I ate it. Makes perfect sense, right?) 

Anyway, in an attempt at rationalization (and I am the queen of rationalization), I’ve done some research and I am happy to report that, according to,  dark chocolate contains cell-protecting natural flavanol antioxidants. I’m all for protecting my cells. It also states that studies show, eating chocolate, primarily dark chocolate, may contribute to improved cardiovascular health. My heart is especially important to me. And I quote, “A source of natural flavanol antioxidants, dark chocolate and cocoa sit in the same good-for-you category as green tea and blueberries.” Holy cow. If I’m willing to overlook the fat and calories, can my delectable treats actually be doing my body good?

Yeah. Let’s go with that. So, in the interest of my physical and mental health, I will continue to take my daily chocolate vitamin. 

To appease my doctor, and make my jeans more comfortable, I concede to start using the treadmill.  I figure it’s a small price to pay!

So what’s your addiction? And when do you crave it most? If at all possible, in deference to any male visitors, please keep talk of menstrual cycles to a minimum!

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  • Nas
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 3:09 PM | Permalink

    OK, I get it! Chocolate keeps our heart healthy so who are we to deny health to our hearts!

  • Wendy S. Marcus
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 3:38 PM | Permalink

    Exactly, Nas! It’s important to find the good in food! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Dale
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM | Permalink

    Hi Wendy!
    I really enjoyed your post and did a bit more research into the benefits of dark chocolate. Not only is it good for your heart, but it stimulates endorphins which give feelings of pleasure and also contains serotonin which acts as an anti depressant. 3.5oz of dark chocolate is considered to be a therapeutic dose. So perhaps you should consider increasing your intake if you haven’t reached the RDA.

    My cravings usually involve something that’s either crunchy and sweet or crunchy and salty. To keep it simple either chocolate chip cookies or potato chips!!

    I think your writing can only benefit from your love of chocolate and perhaps one of your future characters in a book can be a professional chocolate taster searching for love, only to realize that her true soul mate is a life size dark chocolate Easter Bunny!!

  • Wendy S. Marcus
    Posted January 31, 2011 at 5:38 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for the info., Dale! I will certainly check out the packaging on my nuggets to make sure I am reaching my RDA (Recommended daily allowance). EXCELLENT research. Kudos!

    And, while I love your story idea, since I write medical romance, I’ll have to nix the Easter Bunny for a doctor. Maybe one with a chocolate fetish…or something. Maybe the heroine is a nurse who does chocolate tasting on the side. (I can sure get into that research!!!) As soon as I’m done with what I’m working on, I’ll see what I can come up with.

  • Nas
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 3:28 AM | Permalink

    And your Doctor hero can come from a family which manufactures chocolate! His family’s chocolate factory and the heroine Nurse a taster!

    BTW, have you read Rachel Bailey’s AT THE BILLIONAIRE’S BECK AND CALL. They have a chocolate company!

  • Posted February 1, 2011 at 9:01 AM | Permalink

    Great idea, Nas! I can do a sex scene at the chocolate factory. How fun would that be? I like where this is going!!!

    And thanks for the book recommend. My mouth is watering! I’ll have to check it out.

  • Dale
    Posted February 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM | Permalink

    …and Johnny Depp can be your “Willy Wonka”!

  • Posted February 1, 2011 at 6:31 PM | Permalink

    Chocolate is all right but I prefer spearmint leaves. They always inspire me.

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

    Hi Dale!
    Johnny Dep can be my anything!!!

    Hi Janet!
    I’m guessing spearmint leaves don’t give you any calorie problems. I just don’t think chewing on a plant will do it for me, though!

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 12:17 PM | Permalink

    Ah, chocolate and wine are my favorite addictions and both are good for you! Well, in balance, of course. I found myself visiting the pharmacy and all the valentines day goodies were out so I picked up a bag of m&ms for the kids. Sure. For the kids. NOT. I think it’s a great reward though to keep writing – after all, we need something!

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 2:12 PM | Permalink

    Hi Wendy:

    Finally got around to replacing the your old blog with your new blog site on my site. Easy pea-sy – thank goodness otherwise it may never have happened – LOL.

    BTW – I’m partial to Hersey Kisses

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 4:39 PM | Permalink


    Hey, Wendy. I remember hearing on the radio about a study that linked chocolate with protective effects on blood pressure.

    Like Liz, I finally fixed my blog to link with your new website. Correction, I finally got DAN to do it. (But you probably already guessed that, didn’t you? 🙂

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 4:40 PM | Permalink

    chocolate is my absolute weakness. So are brownies and cookies. I have to just not buy any because that one piece a day just does not work well with me. I tend to be like, “oh, heck, one more won’t kill me.” And then i forget how many I’ve actually had. So I only buy them every once in a blue moon, and I leave them out in the open so that my kids and hubby devour them too. Were I to hog the whole bag… God help my thighs. lol

    Great post, wendy. laughed out loud. Boy can I relate.

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 5:24 PM | Permalink

    Hi Jen!
    Valentines display? Between my writing schedule and the weather, I feel like I haven’t been out of the house in weeks!!! But I’ll need to go soon….only 3 precious nuggets left!

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 5:25 PM | Permalink

    Hi Liz!
    And welcome to my new blog! Thanks for updating me on your blog. Sorry I haven’t visited lately. (Under deadline and a bit panicked about it.) But I’ve been keeping up with you on Facebook!

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 5:26 PM | Permalink

    Hi Aimee!
    Keep that GOOD chocolate news coming. Love to hear/read it! Thanks to Dan the Man for updating my link on your blog!

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 5:29 PM | Permalink

    Hi Joanne!
    Brownies? Love em – especially with chocolate chunks!
    Cookies? Love em – especially chocolate chip. (And Oreos and Mallomars and well…it’d probably be quicker to list the ones I don’t like…but why bother?!?)

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 7:41 PM | Permalink

    Wendy, Spearmint leaves are pure sugar. Just flavored with mint and cut like the leaves.

  • Posted February 2, 2011 at 8:37 PM | Permalink

    Thanks for clarifying, Janet! The pure sugar just may work for me!!!

  • Nas
    Posted February 3, 2011 at 1:38 PM | Permalink

    Hey Wendy,

    HM&B Author is answering writing craft related questions at my blog.

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