National Chocolate Candy Day is celebrated on December 28th, the day points us to the truffles and chocolate oranges tucked into stockings. Time to eat the candy received as gifts. Check those boxes of candy that may or may not have guides to help us choose cream-filled or ganache.
The word “chocolate” comes from the word “xocoatl” or “chocolatl.” Mayan “school” means hot or bitter, and the Aztec “atl” means water. Chocolate comes from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia and grows in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. The earliest known documentation of using cacao seeds is from around 1100 BC.
But before it was ever made into a sweet candy, it was ground into a beverage. In ruling class society, the beverage was used for medical purposes.
In 1828, Dutch inventor and chemist, Coenraad Van Houten, developed a way to produce chocolate in solid form. His hydraulic press made it possible to remove the cocoa butter from the cacao. His invention leads to producing a powder opening the way for the first chocolate confections. It’s thanks to Van Houten we can enjoy the variety of chocolates we do today.
Whitman’s produced their first box of chocolate in 1842.
In 1847, British chocolate company J.S. Fry & Sons combined cocoa butter, cocoa powder, and sugar-producing the first edible chocolate bar.
The invention of the conching machine by Rodolphe Lindt in 1879 ushered in the mass production of the creamy treat.
The first chocolate Easter egg was made sometime in the early 19th century. In 1875 John Cadbury introduced his first chocolate egg.
When Allied troops stormed the beach of Normandy on D-Day, part of emergency rations and in soldiers’ packs included the D ration bar designed by Hershey Chocolate company for the U.S. Army.
Americans consume 12 pounds of chocolate each year.
There are so many different kinds of chocolate candy. What’s your favorite? Enjoy a piece or two. Do you have leftovers? Host a chocolate candy party. Taste and sample all the varieties. Discover new favorites. Trade out the ones you don’t like. Bring some to work to share. How will you celebrate? Let us know by using#ChocolateCandyDayto post on social media.
(From National Calendar.com)
There's always been an over-arching antagonist in Children of Stone. He is the the Fallen One who devolved after spending himself tirelessly in the development of humanity and the first civilizations but found himself infected by his creations and unable to ascend when the rest of the Children have left mankind to mature without them.
He has enjoyed being a god, however and has assumed the identity of thousands of gods and goddesses. In the series Children of Stone he is known as Ta-te, affectionately or Ptah Ta-tenen Re-Amun.
In each book he grows stronger and more invasive.
Sometimes he is blue but mostly is red and tall, seen in his interdimensional craft here.
Sometimes he is a red and gold dragon or classic winged demon. Sometimes he is an angel of light and beyond beautiful.
In Book 5 The Lake of Memory, the hosts are harassed by false and true memories, but ultimately learn they, not he, are masters of their own fate.
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First impression: A New Age Cookbook. Reality: a lyrical and descriptive tale of two friends in their forties who have
entered an annual Quiche Bake-Off. One character asks, "Can their friendship survive the competition?". The book and each page is filled with detailed description of people, emotions, places, relationships and histories of entanglement in a sleepy French Canadian mill town of Beauchemains, Rhode Island. The native gal is Augusta who never knew her mother but found her recipe for a quiche. The other is Lindsey a journalist (and outsider) writing a history of the town.
Around the bake-off life goes on, sordid and shocking secrets are revealed and friendships tested. In the end, all gather for the holidays and the winner. Because of the revealing and "enlightening" moments, however the characters become stronger and strong together.
It's not a light or "cozy" read but it's thoroughly entertaining and well worth all the awards it has earned.
It's a great "winter evening by the fire" read - to enjoy - with a piece of quiche - Recipe included
In a modern day Britain where the Roman Empire never left, Dai and Julia Llewellyn seek justice for everyone, although that isn’t always easy in a society where Roman Citizenship is all.
Aelwen Llewellyn only wants to buy a special Saturnalia present for her mam. It shouldn’t nearly cost her life...
Papa Noel: Royal Bastards MC Tonopah, NV Nikki Landis 12-17-20
They call me Papa.
A tough and rugged old biker that's never been tamed by any woman.
I live by the code of my club and stand by it.
No matter what.
Hell, I'd die for my brothers and the MC we fought so hard to build.
In fact, I nearly did.
Loss has tarnished my soul and left me a bitter man.
I’ll never be anything else.
When a young kid goes missing and his single mother shows up on my doorstep,
I don't hesitate to go in guns blazing.
But this rescue mission isn't like any other.
Torn between duty, loyalty, and my selfish heart -
I'll have to make a decision that impacts more than just my own life.
This Christmas I'm bringing gifts . . .
And it's a Noel full of hidden surprises.
* WARNING - This book contains dark and mature content and violence with a paranormal REAPER twist. *
Tonopah, NV Chapter Reading Order:
#1 The Biker's Gift (Holiday)
#2 Bodie & Sasha (2021)
#3 Ridin' for Hell
#4 Devil's Ride
#5 Papa Noel (Holiday)
#6 Hell's Fury (July 2021)
#7 The Biker's Wish (Holiday 2021)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08NWNR85Q/Holly Winters wanted a white Christmas… My birthday was coming soon, and this year I would turn twenty-five on the twenty-fifth of December.
I barely remembered being outside and watching the snow fall, I had the pictures on the internet and television to remind me. I knew how to surf, but it was my dream to go snow skiing. Soaring down the mountain next to a hunky ski instructor was the image that stuck in my head.
So, this year I was trying to convince my parents to take us on a skiing trip to the mountains instead of our usual trip to the Bahamas. The possibilities were endless, and I would use my age and my name to shame them.
"Mom, why did you name me Holly if you didn't want me to enjoy Christmas to the fullest?"
Nicholas Cringle was tired of the name jokes…This year, the puns would be even worse. My great uncle Christopher died and left me a ski resort in the Rockies. I was grateful when I first learned of it. But my thoughts quickly went to, 'How much money could I make if I sold it?'
I didn't ski, I knew nothing about running a resort, and I wasn't fond of the snow. In fact, I hated it. But my uncle put a stipulation in his will saying I would have to live at the resort for five years before I could sell the property, or Grand Flurry would go to my stuck up, younger cousin, Derk Poindexter.
In five years, I would be thirty-five. Could I give up my winters on the beach for that long? It would be worth it in the long run. Who knows, I might fall in love with a ski bunny. Fat chance, but why not give it a try.
Polar Compound: A Barvale Clan Tale 3 (Barvale Clan Tales) Kindle Edition
"He wants to claim his mate, but this female is hard to catch!"
Maya Osborn has had a lot of heartache in her life, and she isn't in the market for any more. Especially not from a Polar Bear Shifter who speaks before he thinks.
With her step-mother recently married, Maya is suddenly in charge of their florist shop and she finds herself in over her head. It seems someone has taken out a loan in the business' name and the bank wants its money or else she will lose everything. Who can she turn to for help in her time of need?
Tonic Nanouk has been lusting after Maya since the day he landed in Barvale, New Jersey from his small Alaska Clan. He knew in his heart that the small female was his fated mate, but so far she's been resistant to his charm. Okay, so he was a little rough around the edges, but what did a Bear have to do to get some attention around here?
When Maya gets into financial trouble, Tonic offers her a way out. It's his one chance to show her they might be polar compounds, but together their bond is stronger than anything. Will she take a chance on him?
Find out in this next installment of the Barvale Clan Tales.
Thus - A wrap! Off to have Snow Days and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!