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Christine Geery

Christine Geery
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I've never played by the rules. I was absent the day they handed those out. I believe in being kind, playing fair, laughing often, not judging others and drinking red wine. And I always kiss my Sweetie goodnight. It may lead to other fun stuff. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Life is short!  Break the rules!  Forgive quickly!  Kiss slowly! Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably... And never regret anything that made you smile. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Always remember that stressed spelled backwards is desserts. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Part of the secret of a success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~ Mark Twain


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FEBRUARY 13, 2012 3:40PM

Now That's A Chocolate Bar! (Recipe included)

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chocolate bar 

I used to have a very big chocaholic tooth. In fact my tooth was so large that nary a day went by that I did not partake in at least one little bite of this sensuous delight. Over the years this obsession has tapered, or maybe I've succumbed to denying myself this treat for the sake of the added calories. I hate the fact that with age comes a lower metabolism unless you do the work to keep it going. I also hate that I am vain and would rather do without this sinful treat than look at the added poundage in the mirror. Once in a while I do give in and eat it, but it must be the good stuff in order to be worth my while.

There was a time though, that I just had to have it. My first husband knew this and would bring me treats of chocolate all the time. Especially at Christmas and on Valentine's Day. On one particular Valentine's he came home with a huge rectangular box and a grin to match. I could not imagine a box of chocolates that large. At least I had never seen one.

I ripped off the wrapping, lifted the lid and there before my eyes was the biggest chocolate bar I had ever seen. On the bottom of the bar, the size was written in bold print, Five Pounds. Yes you read that right.

I don't know why, but I could not bring myself to tear into this bar. I think I liked looking at it. It was intriguing and a little bit scary. I knew that if I opened it, I would have to eat it. It sat propped up against the wall for three months. Finally, I could no longer control myself. I ripped it opened, broke it into chunks and started in. At the end of every day I would reward myself with a little bowl of chocolate. I do believe that it really does produce endorphins, because I was extremely happy, and I also don't think it interferes with sleep. In fact I think I slept better. Maybe I should throw out the sleeping aids and eat chocolate every night. Wouldn't it be funny if that really was the cure for insomnia?

It took me three months and some sharing, but I did get that chocolate bar eaten.

After it was gone I was kind of sad. There are not many times in my life when I have had unlimited access to all chocolate all the time without gaining an ounce. Ah, those were the days.

© Christine Geery


Low-Fat Chocolate Mousse

Serves 12


8 oz. Semi sweet chocolate chips or chunks

8 large room temperature eggs(this will ensure best results)

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

¼ cup plus 2 tbsp. Confectioner's sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Coat an 8-9 inch spring form pan with cooking spray and line the bottom with parchment paper.

Melt chocolate in the microwave or a bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

Separate eggs and transfer the yolks to a bowl. Beat the yolks until thick and pale. Blend some of the yolks with a little chocolate and then gradually beat in chocolate until blended. Fold in vanilla.

Beat egg whites in a separate bowl with ¼ cup sugar, until soft peaks form.

Fold ¼ of the whites into the chocolate mixture and then fold in the remaining whites. Pour mixture into pan and bake for 25 minutes until almost set but still slightly jiggly in the center.

Cool in the pan to room temperature before cooling (still in the pan) in the refrigerator.

Remove from pan; dust with remaining 2 tbsp. of sugar before serving or decorate with berries of your choice.

Recipe adapted from Robin Miller

chocolate mousse cake 

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I grew up in Lancaster, PA and toured the chocolate factory in Hershey a few times. They give you a free sample at the end of the tour. The whole town smells of chocolate. It can be cloying. I'll have to try your mousse.
I love Hershey's chocolate the best. A five pound bar of same would last about five days. Here is my chocolate story of the day: My wife once received a bag of some kind of chocolate as a gift (probably not from me.) She hid it in the broom closet in the kitchen with the forlorn hope I wouldn't find it, but I did. When I would go in to filch a piece I would notice it rapidly disappearing. I thought, wow, she is really going thru this stuff and take my one piece. She saw it rapidly shrinking and thought, wow, he is really going through this stuff. Turns out we had mice (we live in a very old house). R
Sarah, I couldn't have lived there. It would be so intoxicating.
Gerald, I loved that story. Too funny.:)
You are a temptress...That mousse looks heavenly.
Now how low-fat is that? Hmmmm...c'mon...looking that good and low fat? It wouldn't last a day in this house.

@Sara: Year ago you could buy a huge bag of kisses (marked 25 lbs) at the Hershey factory. It really didn't weight that much as the center was a cardboard tube...but it sure made a heck of hostess gift!
Oh, my ! I just saw Gerald's comments. I'd have been in chocolate heaven too. I still treat myself to Lindt and Alpine bars because. . . I can?
Happy Valentine♥
A treat it is to read and the recipe sounds great.
I am a chocaholic too, but if I eat any at all after supper, I cannot get to sleep until 3 AM.
rated with love
Ande, if we don't count the 8 eggs it's low fat :)
Fusun, I love Lindt too
Jane, Happy Valentine's Day to you too
I used to go to the Hershey factory in Smiths Falls ON. I think you know where that is.:)
Or used to be as they shut it down after a zillion years in business.
I bought my ex one of these and I wonder where it is now hahaha
I am making the sign of the cross here..:)
Poetess, weird huh? It makes me sleep.
Linda, eggs aren't fattening if you really do split this 12 ways. Like that would ever happen!
Well, that sure is a chocolate bar!! Thanks for the lower fat recipe - that looks great too.
Christine, I really enjoyed the quality of your writing here. Loved the cadence of the first two sentences. And loved this sentence: "It was intriguing and a little bit scary." So much of life is just that!

I believe they recently found that daily chocolate is actually good for the heart . . .

I still love Hershey's chocolate. But I really miss their original thick hot chocolate sauce in a can made with pure sugar, no corn syrup, that we'd heat up in a pan of hot water then drizzle over vanilla ice cream.

Happy Valentine's Day to you!
I know what you mean about not wanting to eat big chocolate bars! I used to feel that way when I'd get a huge Hershey's chocolate Kiss for Christmas from grab bags and things. There's just something so beautiful and pristine about oversized treats, I guess.... I'm glad you did eat yours, finally. As for endorphins, my therapist told me the other day that chocolate does indeed have chemicals in it that have been linked to fighting depression. I try to remember this when I sneak some...which is a little more often than I'd like to admit! :-)

Thanks for a great post, and it's great to see a new post from you!
Also, I love your new avatar! I've been meaning to write that.
Trilogy, I believe that recipe is low fat too!
Gary, thank you so much. I loved that syrup too...straight out of the can or loads of it on ice cream. Happy Valentine's Day to you too.
Alysa, if I could I'd eat chocolate s 3 times a day. And thank you for the nice compliment.
I love Hershey's chocolate, although my overseas friends tell me our English chocolate is superior.

I too rarely indulge because of the calories, but if it helped with sleep and induced a happy feeling it would be a better option that the wine.

The mousse looks lovely
Linda, I've heard that wine does interfere with sleep. I tend to believe this, based on experience. Maybe we should try the chocolate instead. It probably has no more calories than wine...depending on the size of course. Hah!
I can still smell the chocolatey air in Hershey PA. Chocolate is one of life's miracles. Even the sound of the word is delicious.
I forgot to tell you.. Thanks for calling it a chocolate bar as we Canadians call it and not a candy bar.
I will never get used to that.:)
Got to love them huge chocolate bars!!! :)

And the recipe looks nummy!!

Linda, you are welcome
Tink, thanks
Good thing we weren't in the same country at the time. I can just picture us..... eating ourselves sick and laughing until we made the reason we had the nickname come true.
Thanks. I will surprise my girls with mousse and strawberries tomorrow. They won't know what to think.
I did a post a year or so ago about Italian truck stops. They have EVerything imaginable. Including piles and piles of GINORMOUS chocolate bars. Dunno if they weighed five lbs., but they were GINORMOUS. So GINORMOUS that I was too intimidated to buy one...like, I can't eat Just One Bite, so I try not to get regular bars. One of these? Unthinkable...
Wow Great story and recipe!!
Chrissie, it doesn't take much to make our name come true, does it?
Whirlwind, I'm so glad to think you'll make this
Myriad, I can't eat just one bite either. I would love to go to an Italian truck stop. It makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Zanelle, thank you
Michelle. I know. It is yummy, isn't it?
We can argue about the brand all day, Christine, but I definitely agree with you on the moral. I am here for the recipe anyway! LOL. Why, Happy Valentines' Day to you and thanks again for the recipe. R
Thank you Thoth. Do you really make these recipes? Hope so, cause they are so good. Happy Valentine's Day to you too.
Oooooooo! Lovely! And, I will try this out. As you were describing the mega bar, I had this vision of wishing for a pony when I was young and what I would have felt like had one suddenly appeared before me, my very own pony! Well, glee, delight, wonderment, of course. but, then reality and fear. Ponies are big if you are small.......they make big messes and can kick and bite, and.......and thus a giant building of chocolate. Better to dream unfulfilled sometimes I think. Rated with an RRR and thanks for the recipe.
Oooooooo! Lovely! And, I will try this out. As you were describing the mega bar, I had this vision of wishing for a pony when I was young and what I would have felt like had one suddenly appeared before me, my very own pony! Well, glee, delight, wonderment, of course. but, then reality and fear. Ponies are big if you are small.......they make big messes and can kick and bite, and.......and thus a giant building of chocolate. Better to dream unfulfilled sometimes I think. Rated with an RRR and thanks for the recipe.
Robin, how funny. I once told my Uncle that I was not going to have children, only ponies. I should have gone with the ponies. Ha! Thank you.
What a coincidence...I'm making a triple chocolate cake. Thought I'd peep at OS while it's baking. I really, really need some low-fat stuff. :)
Your so sweet for sharing this...Let me also share my recipe for

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