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    Love and Chocolate….

    Love is in the air, or so they say, especially in the month of February. After all, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we all know that we want to get that special someone in our life just the perfect gift or treat. Nothing says true love like a homemade, special treat that we have made with our own two hands.

    Well, you’re in luck, because at the Daviess County Public Library we have all kinds of books that you can check out to make a luscious, sinfully, delectable dessert that will have your significant other wanting even more. What types of books am I talking about?

    Lean closer and I will tell you my secret. The secret is…..that the library has approximately 133 books just on chocolate alone in the Adult non-fiction collection. Now, I don’t know about the rest of you, but chocolate is definitely one of my weaknesses and I am willing to eat just about any kind. However, I do have my favorites to be sure such as Godiva, Dove, and Hershey’s. Well, you get the picture.

    Anyway, chocolate is one of the top items on most couple’s lists as far as a Valentine Sweet Treat that they would like to savor. In fact, according to an article that ran in the Charlotte Business Journal online just a few days ago, it stated that “U.S. confectionery sales for Valentine’s Day are expected to total some $1.057 billion dollars in 2014. They also state that out of the total amount sold, that chocolate will comprise about 75 percent of candy sales on Valentine’s Day. (http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/blog/morning-edition/2014/02/valentines-day-smack-down-chocolate-vs-flowers.html)

    From where I’m standing, I would say that those are pretty good numbers in favor of chocolate. Additionally, the article mentioned that the favorite form of chocolate on Valentine’s Day is with caramel, followed by chocolate-covered nuts, cream-filled and chocolate-filled candies. Wow, this is making me hungry just thinking about all the different kinds of chocolates that are available to the consumer in the drugstores and supermarkets.

    However, if you really want to win over your sweetie, then how about trying one of the public library’s many cookbooks on chocolate and making something special yourself to give to your loved one on Valentine’s Day instead.

    Here are just a few of the most recent cookbooks that we own in the realm of chocolate decadence:

    • The Great American chocolate chip cookie book  641.8654 Wyma
    •   Martha Stewart’s cakes : our   first-ever book of bundts, loaves, layers, coffee cakes, and more;      641.8653 Mart
    • 101 gourmet desserts for the holidays;
    •  Taste of Home bakeshop favorites; 641.815 Tast
    • The Paleo chocolate lovers cookbook : 80 gluten-free treats for breakfast & dessert; 641.5638 Broz
    • Cake balls : amazingly delicious bite-sized treats; 641.8653 Anke
    • Cookies, cookies & more cookies!,; 641.8654 Germ
    • Cake simple : recipes for bundt-style cakes from classic dark chocolate to luscious lemon-basil; 641.8653 Math
    • Delicious gifts : edible creations to make and give; 641.5 McCl
    •  Chococo chocolate cookbook; 641.3374 Burn 
    • Celebrating chocolate : cakes, brownies, & bars; 641.6374 Lask
    •   Small-batch baking for chocolate lovers; 641.6374 Maug
    •  Intensely chocolate : 100 scrumptious recipes for true chocolate lovers; 641.3374 Bloo
    •  Green & Black’s organic ultimate chocolate recipes : the new collection; 641.6374 Gree

    As you can see, the Daviess County Public Library has a plethora of chocolate books to choose from when you get ready to make that delicious, sweet, Valentine’s Day treat. What more could you possibly ask for than a homemade dessert on that special day? Well, perhaps a new car and jewelry, but beggars can’t be choosers.

    Anyway, I hope I have given you some inspiration and ideas on what to do for this year’s special event. Remember, Valentine’s Day is about a week away, do please don’t forget that significant other. If you do, you can’t say you weren’t warned by yours truly.

    Remember the saying from the movie Forrest Gump:

    “Life is like a box of chocolates, You never know what you’re gonna get.”
    Winston Groom, Gump and Co. (http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/chocolate?page=2)

     

     

     
     
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