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Updated: May 5, 2010 14:53 IST

How to be a chocoholic

DIVYA KUMAR
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Valentine's day Chocolate platter at Courtyard Marriot
The Hindu Valentine's day Chocolate platter at Courtyard Marriot

Some people think chocoholism is about an ongoing love affair with the Lindts or Godivas of the choco universe. Well, there is that. But there's also no elitism in true chocoholism. In other words, you take chocolate in any form, anytime. Even if it's that squished, mostly-melted last piece of choco toffee you discovered at the bottom of your handbag.

For the hardcore chocoholic, there is no such thing as too much chocolate or a choco overdose. So, if you're at a restaurant and the waiter explains that ‘Chocolate Explosion' on the dessert menu is a chocolate cake with chocolate icing, with chocolate sauce on top and chocolate ice-cream on the side, your only reaction should be, ‘Mmmm. Chocolate'.

By the same measure, there's no such thing as too little chocolate for you to care about. Meaning, at the end of any choco binge, every last bit of chocolate must be scraped/licked off the wrapping/cup/packaging, dignity be damned.

The worth of a proposed holiday plan must be measured by the likelihood of passing through well-stocked duty free shops (say Dubai, Singapore et al), where the complete galaxy of chocolates from Ferrero Rocher to Mars, Lindt to Hersheys and Toblerone to After Eights resides. The only thing closer to chocoholic nirvana is one of those chocolate cafes with everything chocolate (they exist, they really do).

Finally, a true chocoholic has a tried-and-tested way of coping with the onset of choco-withdrawal. It might be gazing upon pretty pictures on Lindt's Facebook page (you're listed as a fan, naturally). Or, maybe popping in your worn DVD of “Chocolat” and watching it for the 502nd time when you feel the low coming on. Or, maybe just keeping a jar of Nutella stashed away at home/work in case of acute emergencies.

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