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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Brain on Chocolate

Our boy. With niece . . .
It would probably be chalked down under the ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’ category.
Maybe I should explain . . .
Our son, Duff, lives out on Vancouver Island in a place called Courtenay.
It’s a pretty little city with spectacular views of both ocean and mountain. And green and growing things.
He works with special needs adults.
And loves his life.
Now Duff, you should probably know is the original ‘obey that impulse’ sort of person.
And some of his resulting experiments are . . . let’s just call it humorous.
Duff loves Halloween.
He lives on a quiet street inhabited mostly by adults.
But he has a great love for children and is the blessed favourite uncle of all of his nephews and nieces.
On a side note: he carries cash with him throughout the summer in hopes of running across an intrepid little peddler selling lemonade. He then vastly overpays for the treat in hopes that he can make someone’s day—as someone made his day so many years ago.
But I digress . . .
This year, Duff purchased his usual large boxes of mini chocolate bars in preparation for little ‘Trick or Treaters’.
And, as in years past, none arrived.
It is a quiet little street.
Thus Duff again found that, on November first, he had many, many little varied and assorted chocolate bars.
And only himself to eat them.
Now I should mention that Duff loves his food—mixed.
He will happy dish out whatever is being served, then mix it together with whatever else is being served.
And just as happily consume it.
Yeah. It’s a quirk.
Now our boy was busily consuming his little chocolate bars two at a time. To mix the flavours.
And his brain told him: Hmmm . . . why not mix ALL of the bars?
So he did.
Getting a large pan, he dumped in all 148 chocolate bars and warmed the whole thing, creating a large, not easily recognizable mass.
That, when it cooled, turned out to be . . . DELICIOUS!
Said brain then told him he SHOULD EAT ALL OF IT!!!
To spare you the resultant diabetic attack, I will jump to the end of the story and tell you that, this time, he didn’t obey. Rather, after that initial taste, he disposed of his experiment into the nearest trash receptacle.
We can learn something from this:
1.  Not every kitchen experiment—though it may be delicious—needs to be eaten.
and
2.  If you are in Courtenay, B.C. on or about next Halloween, please find Duff’s house and let him pour in the treats. He needs all the help he can get.


20 comments:

  1. It DID seem like a good idea... Thanks for making me giggle today! :)

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  2. He sounds like such a sweet person! Thank you for sharing.

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  3. I understand why this might seem like a good idea. I've seen people at restaurants mix all the dessert leftovers into one to-go box. You tell a good story, and I love the background photo of the aging barn wall.

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    1. Mmmm . . . mixed desserts. And thank you!

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  4. What a kindhearted man. So glad he didn't overdose on chocolate. Since I live in Switzerland it has happened to me a few times.

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    1. Me, too! And we were in Switzerland earlier this year! LOVED IT!!! I won't describe the feeding frenzy when we visited the chocolate factory. I'm sure you understand! :)

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  5. I have lots of leftover candy and so did a lot of people I worked with -somehow, trick or treating was way down this year. Too bad wecouldn't have donated that candy. As for your son's idea...hmmm, we have a family gathering tonight...

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  6. Interesting . . . if we ever have leftover mini chocolate bars I will have to remember this. That's a big "if", though! Somehow they magically disappear . . .

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    1. You know, that same thing happens here . . .

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    1. One thing he's long on is imagination!

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  8. I am super impressed. At his imagination, and his willpower.
    I suspect the waste not want not gene would have clicked in here...

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    1. I have that same gene! It forces me to eat what's left after dinner so it won't go to waste . . . Sigh.

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  9. He dumped it??? I would have cut the whole thing into individual bars again then stored them for future daily consumption. I've never thought of mixing and melting though.

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    1. Oooh! Good idea. I'll mention it to him!

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