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Yummy Chocolate SquaresChocolates - Discovered 2,000 years ago in the tropical rainforests of the Americas, Cacao (the basis of "chocolate") became popular with such emerging civilizations as the Mayans and the Aztecs. When the Spanish Conquistadors arrived in the mesoamerica (along with all the gold they pilfered from the region) they brought back cacao seeds to Europe where they were ground and mixed with various seasonings. Eventually, creating the flavorful, tasty chocolate treats that we all enjoy today.

The following is a list of some TV Characters who enjoyed the taste of  chocolate over the years:

  • Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) on the detective drama REMINGTON STEELE/NBC/1982-86 had an obsession for chocolate candy (called the "Holt Curse"). If not kept under control, she would pig-out and gain fifty extra pounds.

  • Peg Bundy - On the sitcom MARRIED...WITH CHILDREN/FOX/1987-97, Kelly Bundy (Christine Applegate) needed to stop her sexual cravings after she signed a morals clause for a TV commercial selling "Extra, Extra Virgin Olive Oil." Her mother Peg Bundy (Katey Sagal) advised her to eat chocolate ice cream bon bons saying "Take two of these and call QVC in the morning."

  • Thelma Harper (Carol Lawrence), the cantankerous head of the family on the sitcom MAMA'S FAMILY/NBC/1983-84 made a favorite recipe called "Million Dollar Fudge."

  • John Reed King - In the 1950s candy companies were big sponsors of children programming including M & M CANDY CARNIVAL, a 1952 circus talent show; THE TOOTSIE HIPPODROME emceed by John Reed King that gave away lots of Tootsie Roll candies as prizes; and HOLLYWOOD JUNIOR CIRCUS/NBC/ABC/1951-52, a circus novelty program sponsored by Hollywood Candy Company makers of "Candy that makes you dandy."See also - "M&M Candies"

....and one more for the road

  • C.G. Spender - On the fantasy crime drama THE X-FILES a sinister operative named C.G. Spender (codename: The Cigarette Smoking Man - because he smoked a lot) once gave this interesting philosophical monologue on the topic of chocolate. He said:
"Life...it's like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless perfunctory gift that nobody ever asks for. Unreturnable because all you ever get back is another box of chocolates. So you're stuck with this undefinable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there's nothing else left to eat. Sure once in a while there's a peanut butter cup or an English toffee but they're gone too fast and the taste is fleeting. You end up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly and teeth-shattering nuts. If you're desperate enough to eat those, all you've got left is an empty box filled with useless brown paper wrappers."

Supervisor: Ricardo, I'm going to put you to work chocolate dipping. You say you've had experience? 
Lucy: Oh, yes ma'am, yes ma'am. I'm a dipper from way back.
Supervisor:  Yes? 
Lucy:  They used to call me the Big Dipper.
 Supervisor: There's no room in this plant for levity, however weak.

      -- I Love Lucy


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