Lorraine, one of my coaching clients, mentioned at the weekend that she was doing some decluttering, for which she would reward herself with some chocolate.  I casually asked her what sort of chocolate she liked and this was her response.  I’m reproducing parts of it – with her full consent – because I love to hear her passion and dedication to the subject, which incidentally she brings to every area of her life – her work, her horse racing and Elvis too!

"What a great subject for a chat! I love anything with milk chocolate in or
on it! I am definitely a Cadburys girl…I love their purple wrapping…in fact
whenever I see that colour I just think chocolate!

I went to Cadburys World in
Birmingham…I thought I was in heaven.  The smell of chocolate was
everywhere; you got to see the Freddo being made!  Then you go on a little train
ride where, at journey’s end, two doors open into the biggest sweet shop ever…In
fact I have this vision of my journey to heaven – makes dying seem sweeter.

Actually, I have asked for my ashes to be scattered outside Cadburys World (!) after I
have had my funeral service playing "The Circle of Life", "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", and Elvis’s "Welcome to My World"  who I hope will be the
first person I meet when I get there.  (This song is played when you enter

I have also asked that I have a Walkman playing Elvis while in my coffin on the day!!!  Then off to Cadburys World!  My perfect end
to a perfect life..:)

My favorite
chocolate moment is a selection box at Christmas…when you open the side and
pull out that red crinkly tray and there they are 7 bits of chocolate – like
owning your own sweet shop for 5 minutes! deciding which one to have! I love the Miniature Heroes, you can hide them anywhere and indulge at any time…

On my Christmas list is one of those chocolate fountains.  I want it by my
bed; switch it on, stick your finger out and lick the chocolate; also to have a
chocolate fondue party…with one invitation…mine! and cover strawberries in
chocolate, jelly babies, foam bananas, shrimps…"
Lorraine makes my own devotion to chocolate feel almost half-hearted.  "Must try harder" I reckon she’d say.

It’s true of course that when Jake was very little, I used to buy him Cadbury’s Buttons;  I’d eat the Buttons and give him the empty bag as he liked the noise it made when he scrunched it up.

I never did what my friend Jackie did though.  Her boys were at least ten before they realised that Easter eggs came as a whole egg.  She’d buy their eggs then not be able to resist a nibble so she became expert at separating and eating the back half of the egg, leaving them look untouched from the front.

Now, all this talk of chocolate is making me hungry so I shall finish with a couple of quotes for you to ponder:

There are four basic food groups: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles.


Make a list of important things to do today. At the top of your list, put "eat chocolate." Now, you’ll get at least one thing done today.

Gina Hayes

I never met a chocolate I didn’t like.

Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis) in Star Trek: The Next Generation

I have this theory that chocolate slows down the aging process…. It may not be true, but do I dare take the chance?


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