What I learned from a box of gourmet chocolates

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We receive these gourmet chocolates every year from our good friend, Katherine Artines.  It arrives in a specially wrapped box – Eileen and I open the box together.  I usually take photos of the process.  We are, after all, unwrapping art!

We usually gasp in delight as we look at the delicacies—decorated with stripes, speckles and glazes beyond comprehension.

Eileen:  “Can I eat one yet?”

Denise:  “No.  Not yet.  Let me take a couple more photos!”

After I snap a half dozen photos, we agree it’s time to eat.

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But first we examine the chocolate manual.  Not that we could choose the wrong chocolate—but it’s fun to read the descriptions for each chocolate.

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We each enjoy a chocolate and agree to exercise self-control.  After all, it’s the Christmas season and we must spread the calories over time!  I hid the box on my desk under a pile of papers.  I went for lesser grade chocolates to satisfy my need—and opted to save the gourmets for those special moments when I felt I had really ‘earned’ a chocolate.

Well, needless to say, I just couldn’t eat the chocolates.  They were too pretty.  Too delectable.  Too delightful for a mere Denise to enjoy casually on a Tuesday afternoon at work.  A Wednesday is too ordinary.  Fridays are festive but can I really justify a chocolate?   Even Eileen was doing a great job of exercising self-control.  I did share a chocolate with my coworker Sam, but not before taking a photo, of course.

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Time passed and I was quite pleased with my ability to ration the treasured chocolates.  But one day I decided I had earned a chocolate for all my self-control.  That’s when I made an important, but sad discovery….

One chocolate was showing signs of loneliness.  It had a small crack.

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“Our chocolates!”, I gasped.

I examined the others.  I reached for a chocolate and saw it was a little delicate to the touch—especially with my office being kept so warm for the winter.

I realized an important lesson that plagues me and might also plague you:

Gifts are meant to be enjoyed!  Don’t put them on a shelf to admire them – use them!

Material Objects
This can be directed toward embroidery machines, embroidery designs, fabric and other supplies.  All these things should be used and enjoyed.  Use that special fabric you purchased.  Use those beautiful embroidery designs.  Otherwise, you miss an opportunity to find happiness and fulfillment by creating something one-of-a-kind, new and beautiful.

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Skills & Talents
And of course, this can be expanded to more than material things.  Consider your own talents and skills—these are gifts! Put them to use for the benefit of others as well as yourself!  You’ll find that you’ll be happier when you are productively using your talents.

Practice!
Plus, by taking the approach of using your talents regularly, you are practicing your skills—which over time, will improve!  I think you’ll agree— that’s better than hiding your talents and not developing them!

No Regrets!
By the end of the year you’ll look back with pride at how well you used your time and gifts.

January is behind us and often by this time, our good intentions of self-improvement for the New Year have gone by the wayside. But don’t lose heart. Try again and keep trying.  Start stitching with your embroidery machine.  Pick up a new skill by reading Designs in Machine Embroidery, Eileen’s Machine Embroidery Blog or the Designs Plus Newsletter.  Gather your inspiration, some determination and begin!  (And enjoy some chocolate!)

 

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119 Comments on What I learned from a box of gourmet chocolates

  1. Valerie csmith
    February 11, 2015 at 6:22 pm (5 years ago)

    A week–maybe a little less

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  2. Cynthia Wentworth
    February 11, 2015 at 6:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Life is like a box of chocolates! They don’t last long at my house.

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  3. Olga
    February 11, 2015 at 6:31 pm (5 years ago)

    I have learned that lesson a few times. Sadly, it didn’t stick the first time around. But now there is no setting aside anything to use for a special occasion. I put my feet on the floor today, and managed to get out of bed and function, therefore bring out the good china, the crystal, the silver. Those special shoes, or that beautiful piece of jewelry. If you have something that you treasure, you should use it, enjoy it, and experience that joy every time.

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    • Barb
      February 15, 2015 at 4:02 pm (5 years ago)

      You are so right. When I was a kid,my mom wouldn’t let me wear those special gifts. I had to SAVE them. By the time I got to wear them, I had out grown the beautiful dresses. It got passed down to my cousin, who wore to play in.
      Enjoy everyday as your last. God bless.

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      • Denise Holguin
        February 18, 2015 at 10:27 am (5 years ago)

        Barb,
        So very true! That reminds me– I better start wearing my pretty dresses too!

        Denise

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  4. Jennifer Wheatley Wolf
    February 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm (5 years ago)

    I can keep a box of gourmet chocolates until the last one has been eayen. 🙂

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  5. susie mackenberg
    February 11, 2015 at 6:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I open a box of chocolates right away! I have no self control. Also if I don’t like the selection, I put it back in the box…my husband will eat anything!!!

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  6. Ann
    February 11, 2015 at 7:03 pm (5 years ago)

    I currently have a box of one of my favorite chocolates in a drawer in my sewing room. I’ve had it a couple of weeks. Surprisingly there are still a few pieces left. Normally I am not that disciplined sad to say. Chocolate is one of my downfalls. Excuse me now while I go have some chocolate.

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  7. Dee Dickerson
    February 11, 2015 at 7:51 pm (5 years ago)

    In my house,between hubby and dog,I have to hide and ration the chocolate. I have learned to be selective about chocolate.. As Denise indicated, I let them have the lesser grade chocolate and I savor the special chocolates.

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  8. Raylene
    February 11, 2015 at 7:59 pm (5 years ago)

    I eat dark chocolate for medicinal purposes only. Just trying to stay healthy!

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    • Denise Holguin
      February 13, 2015 at 12:50 pm (5 years ago)

      Raylene,
      We must have read the same health reports!

      Denise

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  9. Anon1
    February 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm (5 years ago)

    I cannot hold onto a box of chocolates. Unless we are talking about an empty box!

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  10. Charlotte Brown
    February 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm (5 years ago)

    A box of gorgeous chocolates are to be enjoyed. I like to take a piece out and pinch off small bits little by little until it is gone. Enjoying every morsel. It makes it last and oh what a pleasure it is, but even at this a box doesn’t last long.

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  11. Belinda Germain
    February 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm (5 years ago)

    I LOVE chocolate, and my daughter often buys a box of sixteen Godiva truffles for me at Christmas. They are special so I eat one each week until they are gone. They are a special treat!

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  12. Sandy
    February 11, 2015 at 8:29 pm (5 years ago)

    Not long – but I would guess about 2 weeks tops (depending on the size of the box, of course).

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  13. nancy drake
    February 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm (5 years ago)

    Depends on the size of box how long it takes me to finish it. I don’t really hold on to them. Learned to enjoy things as they come after the death of first child.

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  14. Danie Duchesne
    February 11, 2015 at 9:26 pm (5 years ago)

    I am a complete chocoholic. I need my daily dose. I have chocolate hidden at my desk at the office, in my bedroom, in the kitchen and the dining room. How long a box would last? It only depend on where I hide it and whether or not I have another plank that needs to be visited, but usuakly, it would not last long!

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  15. Ellen
    February 11, 2015 at 9:47 pm (5 years ago)

    As long as I don’t take a bite I can keep it for a month. But once I break down and have a bite, they are gone within the week. I have no self control with chocolate.

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  16. Karin C
    February 11, 2015 at 9:49 pm (5 years ago)

    You’re supposed to ration chocolate? Who knew! I’ve been known to lick the top of the hershey’s syrup bottle when I’ve been out of everything else. No, not something I’m especially proud of, but, hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, right? Chocolate, of any sort, doesn’t last long at our house, what can I say.

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    • Denise Holguin
      February 13, 2015 at 12:53 pm (5 years ago)

      Karin,
      I love that visual! During the holidays I purchased a couple bags of chocolate chips with the intention of baking cookies. But I quickly decided to skip the baking part (too much trouble!) and just munch on the chips!

      Denise

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  17. Sue Winnie
    February 11, 2015 at 9:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Small bag like m m s gone one day. Kisses 2weeks but my husbands the chocolate man.

    I attended in Connecticut your seminar with my sister Peg. Unfortunately she’s very sick right now. This would be great for HER!

    Thanks

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  18. Susan
    February 11, 2015 at 9:58 pm (5 years ago)

    If there is chocolate in the house I can not leave it alone. I have very little willpower. 3 days max

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  19. Beth R
    February 11, 2015 at 10:12 pm (5 years ago)

    How long I can hold onto a box of chocolates depends on what kind they are – dark chocolate with crème mint … won’t last a couple of days!

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  20. Diane Willey
    February 11, 2015 at 10:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Not very long – no willpower when candy is involved – would be gone within a week! 🙂

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  21. Mary S
    February 11, 2015 at 10:14 pm (5 years ago)

    The minute it is in my hand, it is opened and tasted.

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  22. Dawn Miller
    February 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm (5 years ago)

    It might last a few days cause once it’s open it just calls me to eat it! It’s too good not to

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  23. Judy graczyk
    February 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm (5 years ago)

    Those beautiful chocolates might last longer then great tasting not so pretty ones. Just too cute not to savor.

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  24. Casie
    February 11, 2015 at 10:31 pm (5 years ago)

    I keep a box of good quality chocolates in my sewing room in a drawer that I don’t open all the time so I have to actually look for them to find them. It allows me to keep a box for several weeks, savoring one piece at a time.

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  25. Nancy
    February 11, 2015 at 10:44 pm (5 years ago)

    I don’t eat much candy but when I get a box of turtles For Valentines Day i eat it all in one day yum, yum

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  26. Terry senko
    February 11, 2015 at 11:00 pm (5 years ago)

    I loved this post! What a wonderful and wise message. I can keep chocolates for weeks if they’re out of sight. But if I see them, I eat them.

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  27. Carolyn Hauber
    February 11, 2015 at 11:05 pm (5 years ago)

    Usually they last a week. All those calories that I can’t aford!

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  28. Paula Hendrickson
    February 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm (5 years ago)

    they disappear before my very eyes, and I still wonder how I’ve eaten them all

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  29. Denyse Rose
    February 12, 2015 at 1:29 am (5 years ago)

    Chocolate is my downfall. I got a big red heart box filled with chocolates for one Valentine’s Day. I ate them all very quickly. In memory of them, I made my own chocolates out of felt, embellishing with sequins and beads with a big red bow on the box. Now, when I need a chocolate, I pull out the red box with the big red bow and stare at all my ‘felt’ chocolates and remember how very exceptional the real ones were! Not as tasty, but the calorie count isn’t as high!

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    • Ruth Gregg
      February 18, 2015 at 2:14 am (5 years ago)

      That is a wonderful idea! Chocolate doesn’t last long around me. A new box is eaten with limiting myself to 2 a day. A friend taught me to put it in my mouth and let it melt, don’t chew! If you let it melt, you can savour it a little longer! Have you tried the chocolates with the liquor inside? Mmmm

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  30. Lynn
    February 12, 2015 at 2:05 am (5 years ago)

    If they have raspberries in them, the box will never be eaten.

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  31. Karen
    February 12, 2015 at 2:10 am (5 years ago)

    Perhaps a week or two at best…..depends also on who is around to share with….

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  32. Kathy Prather
    February 12, 2015 at 4:33 am (5 years ago)

    Believe it or not I have actually had to throw away chocolate that has been around too long. I totally love chocolate but I tend to hang on to it to have at special times. Kind of like you described!! My kids and grandkids don’t understand it!! My daughter actually threw away some chocolate that had been around for 2 years!!

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  33. ALI CE CORNELSON
    February 12, 2015 at 5:15 am (5 years ago)

    I am one who can’t eat just one. I tried using them for motivation…. as I hear them calling me throughout the day. I try setting goals- one for after I finish a project. Reality sets in and then I moved my goal up to after I finished a big part of the project, that did not last long sew I set another shorter goal until I could only hold out for “as soon as I finish this seam.” Box is usually empty before I finish the project.

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  34. Linda Epting
    February 12, 2015 at 5:29 am (5 years ago)

    I try to only eat one a day

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  35. Patti K
    February 12, 2015 at 5:40 am (5 years ago)

    We don’t wait at our house!! We so seldom have such delicacies that when we do get some, we dig right in! 🙂

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  36. Nancy Glisson
    February 12, 2015 at 7:01 am (5 years ago)

    Not long! Chocolate is my downfall.

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  37. Diane Bowman
    February 12, 2015 at 7:41 am (5 years ago)

    I approach a box of chocolates with total abandon

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  38. Anne Marie Reilly
    February 12, 2015 at 7:53 am (5 years ago)

    A gourmet box of chocolates would probably last a week in my house. I love good chocolate!

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  39. Anne Marie Reilly
    February 12, 2015 at 7:54 am (5 years ago)

    A gourmet box of chocolates would last about a week in my house. Good chocolate is one of my favorite things.

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  40. Paula Freeman
    February 12, 2015 at 8:27 am (5 years ago)

    When I get my valentine gourmet chocolate I only eat 1 a day and I enjoy every bite. 🙂

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  41. Darlene Bares
    February 12, 2015 at 8:28 am (5 years ago)

    My weakness! A good chocolate I have to eat the 1st one right away but eat it slowly to enjoy that rich, smooth, textured flavor. Saying all the whole time, Hmmm, Awe, Yum. LOL. It would be hard to share but last maybe a week.

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  42. Judi J
    February 12, 2015 at 8:56 am (5 years ago)

    I call myself a “chocolate-holic”. If I am given a box of chocolates, I do read the information to eat the dark (healthy) ones first but then go for the rest. I try to save the box for a week or a few days by putting it in our “candy drawer”(out of sight–out of mind).This candy drawer has been around for the last 27 years. Even my daughter’s grown friends will walk in the house and go right to it & find candy there.

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  43. Valerie Gwara
    February 12, 2015 at 9:14 am (5 years ago)

    Chocolates don’t last long in my house. If I have a great deal of self control (ha!) a 1lb box MAY last a week

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  44. Bonnie Gray
    February 12, 2015 at 9:28 am (5 years ago)

    Not very long in this house! Maybe 2 or 3 days if we are very good at controlling our cravings!

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  45. Sandy D
    February 12, 2015 at 9:28 am (5 years ago)

    I have no self control when it comes to chocolates. I nibble till they are gone… No saving them for special achievements.

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  46. Saundra Romanus
    February 12, 2015 at 9:33 am (5 years ago)

    I would have to hide them from myself. No self-control when it comes to chocolate!

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  47. Lynda Case
    February 12, 2015 at 10:02 am (5 years ago)

    Maybe a week with help from my hubby.

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  48. Lex Appel
    February 12, 2015 at 10:04 am (5 years ago)

    No chocolate hoarding here, breakfast, lunch, & dinner!

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  49. Royce Zook
    February 12, 2015 at 10:24 am (5 years ago)

    Not long at all, after my wife discovers them.

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  50. Jennifer P
    February 12, 2015 at 10:28 am (5 years ago)

    My chocolate lasts as long as there are pieces of candy in the box. I mete it out one per day, which, believe me, is a struggle to make it last that long! Self control with a bit of decadence.

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  51. Nancy McNally
    February 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm (5 years ago)

    I reward myself one a day. So depending on the chocolate box if there are 24 pieces, it lasts 24 days. Some days are harder than others to keep to one!

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  52. Carolyn
    February 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh Dear, I should not admit this, but I do not eat chocolate. I do not like chocolate. I am a strange, but wonderful woman! However, I must HIDE chocolate from my husband!

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    • Denise Holguin
      February 13, 2015 at 12:49 pm (5 years ago)

      Carolyn,
      I have a cousin who doesn’t like chocolate either. Whenever I volunteer to bring dessert for a meal I discover all sorts of new and exciting dessert options that don’t involve chocolate– and they taste good! 😉

      Denise

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  53. Karen
    February 12, 2015 at 6:30 pm (5 years ago)

    If it is milk chocolate I will not eat it. Dark chocolate I eat 1 a day.

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  54. Kathy C
    February 12, 2015 at 7:51 pm (5 years ago)

    I try to limit myself to one or two a day, since they are so special!

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  55. JudiC
    February 12, 2015 at 9:12 pm (5 years ago)

    I have never seen such a beautiful box of chocolates. If I hid them in my sewing room they might last a week or so, but if I shared with hubby they would be gone in a weekend, 4 sure <3

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  56. Gina Piazza
    February 13, 2015 at 8:26 am (5 years ago)

    Only until there is someone with my to share them with!

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  57. Becky
    February 13, 2015 at 2:54 pm (5 years ago)

    I hold onto the box way too long for similar reasons to what you mentioned. I, too, have returned to chocolates that would have been much better when fresh. Unfortunately, I do the same with fabric, etc. Your blog was a good inspiration for me. Thank you.

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  58. Brenda Shelton
    February 13, 2015 at 3:03 pm (5 years ago)

    I try REALLY hard to only have 1 a day. I am working on losing weight, but ONE a day shouldn’t hurt…..right???

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  59. Pat
    February 13, 2015 at 3:51 pm (5 years ago)

    I live alone and one of the worse things about that is – – there is no one to blame when the chocolates disappear. (That goes for my good scissors and other tools as well.)

    I try to make it last by eating 2 or three per day. That works for the first and possibly the second day and then – I finish it because my mommy always told me to clean my plate.

    Geeze, I cannot get a break at all❣

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  60. Pat
    February 13, 2015 at 3:53 pm (5 years ago)

    ps: I will even eat the ones I don’t like, that is crazy too.

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  61. Sue H
    February 13, 2015 at 4:30 pm (5 years ago)

    I can eat chocolate any time but Fannie May is my ultimate treat. Several times a year I go to the shop and pick out my favorite dark chocolate pieces. Instead of getting a box, I have them put in one of their paper bags loose. When I get home they go in the freezer in the basement. That is the only way I can ration them. It depends on how many pieces I bought in the first place how long the bag lasts but sometimes it is several weeks. Every frozen bite is more special than my “every day” chocolate and I never know which piece I will pull out blindly – a pleasant surprise.

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  62. Janice Goulart
    February 13, 2015 at 5:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I’m just thinking what a great quilt the second photo would make!

    I have absolutely no self control when it comes to gOod chocolate so everyone knows NOT to give me candy.

    I learned my lesson about enjoying the good things in life when my grandmother died at age 98 with a closet full of nice clothing which she had received as gifts over many years. She was saving it all for just the right occasion.

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  63. Jackie Peters
    February 13, 2015 at 6:09 pm (5 years ago)

    I love chocolate! I would slowly have the first one and then go back often until it is gone. 3 to 4 days would do it!

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  64. Jessie Fyfe
    February 13, 2015 at 8:06 pm (5 years ago)

    If it is my very favorite chocolate covered caramels from Wockenfuss Chocolates, they don’t last very long at all because I can’t afford a whole box!
    I usually buy a box of Cello’s chocolate covered cherries and my husband and I enjoy them well into March!

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  65. Kathy
    February 13, 2015 at 8:45 pm (5 years ago)

    If you ask my husband-I do hold onto a box of chocolates too long-this year I will eat them faster as they do taste better fresh

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  66. Berenice
    February 13, 2015 at 9:13 pm (5 years ago)

    Chocolate never lasts long here. Four females and one chocolate-crazy man!! My mother-in-law orders boxes of Fannie May for us every year (we are Southern Cali See’s fans), but it never makes it from Christmas to New Year Day. I buy the warehouse store sized bags of kisses and chips before Thanksgiving and have learned to get two. One for their snacking and one that will actually be used in baking! Also we have learned that no one here likes the fruit flavored nougat. Give me solid chocolate any time, well maybe a butterscotch square or two would be good too!

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  67. Cindy Masek
    February 14, 2015 at 4:54 pm (5 years ago)

    Now – maybe 2 weeks. But I had better control – or at least intent when I was a child. I divided out my Halloween candy to last until Christmas (but my mom told me in Dec to throw it away soon so I ate it up), Christmas candy to last to Valentines Day – I think I succeeded, Valentines Day to Easter – and succeeded here too! – and Easter until swimming season where I’d buy a piece every day, but I don’t think there was much candy involved with Easter, so it didn’t make it. The saddest time of year would be after the pool closed until Halloween. Did I mention my Mom often ate off a bit of mt easter bunny some years! Lol! My brother bought her 52 Hershey Bars one year too leave our bunnies alone – needless by that time we were old enough we really didn’t care – if we every really did!

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  68. Deb
    February 15, 2015 at 6:33 pm (5 years ago)

    Within a week easily. That’s all the restraint I can muster for good chocolate

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  69. Barb
    February 17, 2015 at 11:20 am (5 years ago)

    I’m guilty. Not of the chocolate part, but of my talents/gifts part. This blog really ministered to me today. I have so many beautiful fabrics, designs and even machines but for some reason I’ve been “stuck”. I haven’t touched the embroidery machine since Christmas. I don’t know why. Somehow I haven’t felt the energy or confidence to just get back in there (a pleasant sewing room!) and start a new project no matter how small. Sometimes my hobby is a struggle and I’ve become discouraged by it. But, you have made me see from another perspective what a shame it is to waste the time and resources that I have as well as an opportunity to encourage someone else with something pretty. Nothing lasts forever, not even me. I’m no longer young. I’ll start something today. Thank you for the encouragement!

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    • Denise Holguin
      February 18, 2015 at 10:25 am (5 years ago)

      Barb,
      Thank you for sharing your story! I’ll tell you a secret… I considered deleting the chocolate blog post instead of publishing it! I didn’t think it was very relevant and I feared no one would read it or find it useful! Guess we have both learned something in this process!

      Go off to your sewing room and start stitching something beautiful! Keep me posted on your progress! dholguin@dzgns.com

      Denise

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  70. Jan
    February 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm (5 years ago)

    It depends on HOW good it is. I have NO willpower for great chocolate. So, if it is absolutely DELICIOUS, maybe 1-2 days tops.

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  71. beth
    February 17, 2015 at 3:33 pm (5 years ago)

    I have no willpower, so I guess it would be maybe two days, then I go in and eat.

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  72. Melissa R
    February 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm (5 years ago)

    I have a secret fetish for Godiva dark chocolate bars with raspberry filling. And I eat just 1 square of them at a time, often stashing the rest in my underwear drawer because I figure no one will find them there! I finally went one day to my get my well-earned square after a couple months of hoarding, to discover that my son had actually found them earlier…and eaten them all!!!! Only the wrappers were left… I didn’t even see him with chocolate on his face. Quite good for a preschooler! lol

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  73. Ella
    February 17, 2015 at 7:53 pm (5 years ago)

    saving choclate? I can’t

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  74. Deborah Rayman
    February 17, 2015 at 7:58 pm (5 years ago)

    About a week.

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  75. Linda
    February 17, 2015 at 8:14 pm (5 years ago)

    I love chocolates but oly eat a piece every ow and then.

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  76. Brenda Pletcher
    February 17, 2015 at 8:19 pm (5 years ago)

    I can keep a box of chocolates for a week or so if my hubby doesn’t find it. I found your blog intriguing. I have recently used a home decor fabric I had held onto for 3 years waiting for inspiration. Then I got a good look at the ratty foot stool (foot rest?) in my family room. I draped the fabric on the foot stool marked 4 seams, sewed them, tacked it on a voila! A million dollar, knockout stool. I love it. I am now shopping for am new sofa to live up to it! Your bit about the “special” jewelery, and dresses hit home. I like dressing up. I am out gonna start dragging out the special stuff.

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      February 18, 2015 at 10:31 am (5 years ago)

      Brenda,
      I loved your comment! I’m very excited to hear about the upgraded foot stool, a new sofa in your future and you seizing the opportunity to dress up in your finest. And it’s only February! Imagine all the transformation that will take place the rest of the year! Hurray!

      Denise

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  77. Linda
    February 17, 2015 at 8:25 pm (5 years ago)

    When I get a box of chocolates I try to only have one piece per day. That way I can enjoy them longer. I don’t always have the willpower to do it though.

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  78. Shirley Mangold
    February 17, 2015 at 8:32 pm (5 years ago)

    i usually eat one chocolate a day until they are all gone. Of course I always start with the Doyle chocolate melt away.

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  79. Shanon Davis
    February 17, 2015 at 8:45 pm (5 years ago)

    Cheap milk chocolate will last until there is white bloom on it! Dark chocolate on the other hand….

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  80. sue cleek
    February 17, 2015 at 10:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Well since I love caramel, the ones with caramel get eaten immediately. The rest wait a long time to be eaten!

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  81. Debe
    February 17, 2015 at 11:57 pm (5 years ago)

    Not long once the plastic or seal have been broken, but it depends what kind they are, also. Favorites are eaten very quickly!

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  82. Marianne myrick
    February 18, 2015 at 12:44 am (5 years ago)

    I bought a box of fancy chocolates in case I needed a quick hostess gift for the holidays. About a week after I bought them I had a late night urge for chocolate. Thank goodness I did because a white film had formed on the candy and I would have been embarrassed had I used them for their intended purpose. Thank goodness for late night cravings.

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  83. Sherry Peterson
    February 18, 2015 at 9:02 am (5 years ago)

    Oh my! Chocolate! My all time favorite, the FDA needs to make this one of the required food groups! Chocolate never lasts long around here, it would be lucky to last a couple of days!

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  84. Melinda
    February 18, 2015 at 9:16 am (5 years ago)

    My husband will give me a box of See’s candy, with all my favorites hand packed in the box. Somehow, a couple of his favorite chocolates get packed in there as well. Mine will be gone in no time, where he has some self control. I would say less than a week.
    I will start to look at my stash of laces, fabric, buttons, etc., as my favorite chocolates to motivate me to create something special with them!

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  85. Heidi Halvorson
    February 18, 2015 at 10:11 am (5 years ago)

    I once went 3 whole weeks without chocolate or soda….soda was no problem but the dark chocolate had my name on it!!! Never went back to soda but my yes, CHOCOLATE is a must!

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  86. Maria elena
    February 18, 2015 at 3:52 pm (5 years ago)

    I have a box that am holding, it is not opened of course, since November 1 when I retired and it was given to me. That is a record for me!!!!!!!!

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  87. Carol Buck
    February 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm (5 years ago)

    If it’s my favorite See’s Chocolates, it’s gone in a week. While I can’t stay away from them, I eat each piece slowly, savoring each piece, and relive special memories from my younger days when a piece of chocolate was a treasure to enjoy.

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  88. Karen W
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    Ooh, I recognized those!! Just returned from south-west FL, where we toured Norman Love’s factory & shop – what a delight! They truly are a work of art. but tasting is believing! We’ve got a FEW left, but chocolate is “See Food” in our house — we see it, we eat it! Especially if they’re gourmet, dark chocolates!! I’ve been known to hide them around my sewing room, for those moments I NEED energy, a reward or consolation!

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    I’m late to this chocolate party, but I have enjoyed reading everyone’s chocolate confessions so much! I love, love, love the Lindt Lindor chocolate truffles – especially the white chocolate. I don’t buy them often, and store them high in the pantry, and I often forget they are there. When I open the pantry and spy the bag on a top shelf, I get two lovely treats – 1) Yeah, I forgot I have chocolate! and 2) Man oh man, is this ever good! My husband doesn’t really care about them, but I’m pretty sure a jelly bean can never safely cross his path.

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    Thanks for sharing this! I definitely agree that it is important to actually enjoy your gifts, especially when they are delicious chocolates! Those candies really look gorgeous; it makes me want to go out and get some nice, fancy chocolate for myself! Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow after work as a treat to myself– I just have to find a place that sells them first.

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