chocolate-coated list


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Halloween is just around the corner, and this means a bunch of things. Costumes. Parties. Spooky decorations. Getting the crap scared out of you at fun “family” activities. But for a lot of people it’s all about the candy. And while there are loads of types of yummy sugar-coma-inducing candies out there filling up those plastic pumpkins, chocolate is the treat most trick-or-treaters prize the most. So I give you a ThThTh list that’s chock-full of chocolate. Enjoy!

  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
    A children’s novel. Also the 2005 movie starring ever-versatile Johnny Depp, as well as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971), starring Gene Wilder, both based on the Roald Dahl novel. The factory has a chocolate river.
  • Chocolat (2000)
    Again with Johnny Depp, and this time with Juliette Binoche. About a woman who opens a chocolate shop in a French village. Based on the novel Chocolat by Joanne Harris.
  • “Chocolate,” by Snow Patrol (video on YouTube)
  • Hot Chocolate, a 70’s band best known for the song “You Sexy Thing” (YouTube video)
  • Como agua para chocolate/Like Water for Chocolate. The book by Laura Esquivel, and the 1992 movie based on the same. Also an expression:
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    The phrase “like water for chocolate” comes from the Spanish “como agua para chocolate”. This phrase is a common expression in Spanish speaking countries and was the inspiration for Laura Esquivel’s novel title (the name has a double-meaning).
    In some Latin American countries, such as Mexico, hot chocolate is made not with milk, but with water instead. Water is boiled and chunks of milk chocolate are dropped in to melt. The saying “like water for chocolate,” alludes to this fact and also to the common use of the expression as a metaphor for describing a state of passion or sexual arousal. In some parts of Latin America, the saying is also equivalent to being ‘boiling mad’ in anger.

  • The Chocolate Touch, by Patrick Skene Catling. A kids’ book based on the tale of King Midas, whose touch would turn things to gold. In this case, a boy’s touch turns things into chocolate.
  • Band Candy This Buffy episode is one of my favorites. All students at the high school must sell chocolate bars in support of the school band, but eating the chocolate makes adults behave like teenagers.
  • I Love Lucy Episode 39 – “Job Switching” (aka the “Candy Factory” episode). Lucy and Ethel get a job in a chocolate factory, and can’t keep up with the conveyor belt, leading to much laughtrack laughter. (YouTube video)
  • My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” A quote from “Forrest Gump“. (Also from the novel by Winston Groom.)
  • “Happiness is” by the Violent Femmes

    I don’t know what one means by happy
    I’m happy spasmodically
    If I eat a chocolate turtle I’m happy
    When the box is empty I’m unhappy
    When I get another box
    I’m happy again

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    19 responses to “chocolate-coated list

    1. oooh, is that a brigadeiro?

      re: band candy – also one of my favorites – mostly due to the joyce/giles interactions – which get referenced in earshot, later in the same season season.

    2. what a strange coincidental entry. I haven’t read the whole thing yet, but yesterday I finished reading a book called “Emperors of Chocolate” which was the true life story of the wars between Hershey and Mars. kind of a real life Willy Wonka. anyway, I look forward to more fully absorbing your decadent entry.

    3. I probably meant coincidental post but you probably knew that.

    4. you forgot to mention the moutwatering song “chocolate jesus” by Tom Waits. I’ll get you the link soon.

    5. Goodness, what a busy blogging week – shouldn’t you be pacing yourself?

      Until I met The Bagel of Everything over at Ration Reality I was the only woman I’d ever met who didn’t like chocolate.

    6. DOMK (Drooling on My Keyboard)

    7. very informative, as always.

      I would add” chocolate + peanut butter = food of the gods

    8. oh! oh! Band Candy!! I actually just watched that episode (the geek in me now owns the first five seasons of Buffy). Love it. I love the Joyce/Giles bits, as well as principal Snyder trying so hard to be cool and “one of the gang.”

    9. Damn now I want some chocolate!!! ARGH! It’s so all your fault!

    10. jenny-
      Yeah, that is a brigadeiro. I found it on Wikipedia, so I couldn’t eat it.
      I also like the Giles/Joyce bits. (Joyce as rebellious teenager amuses me. “It’s so Juice Newton.”)

      erica-
      Cool coincidence about you reading that book. It’s a good addition to this chocolist. And does the Tom Waits “chocolate jesus” song have anything to do with this one?

      az-
      Yes, I should be pacing myself. But I like to do my Thursday lists…And I have heard of you non-chocolate types. Do you like other sweets? (I love chocolate, but tend to go for other types of desserts.)

      KC-
      YASF (You Are So Funny)

      painted-
      I’m pretty partial to the chocolate + peanut butter marriage myself.

      Dragonfly-
      Hello! Thanks for stopping by. We actually own all 7 seasons of Buffy. I’m not sure if I can get away with saying “the geek in me,” personally, as I’m not sure what part of me is the “non-geek in me.” And in “Band Candy,” I also find Snyder hilarious.

      Evil Pink Cupcake-
      I’m so sorry. I hope that you have chocolate access. And thanks for dropping in!

    11. choclate is good but i can’t eat it or i’ll be red face child 4 three days!!!!!!!

    12. i think choclate is like poop and i like poop because i eat it 4 dinner every day me my mom and my little sister !!!!!!!!

    13. i think jack is nasty because he eat poop 4 dinner and he like it thats just grooossee i don’t even do that and i’m 6 years old and how old is he!!my baby brother don’t even do that and he is 1 years old man that’s just nasty and i’m a boy not a girl??!!

    14. Omg i didnt say that! Someone is posting things i didnt say!

    15. Wtf….who is typing to their self?

    16. This looks like a piece of poopy!=)

    17. i think that some people should shut the f*** up and stop tyoing stupid stuff!!!!!!!!!!

    18. i think choclate is like the stuff we shit and i eat the stuff we shit !!! and it’s very good!!hate me u havt 2 date me

    19. I think all of you guys are a bunch of losers to be able to talk about poop and chocolate. Honestly, get a life.

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