Anyone who has a sweet tooth, might be craving the classic chocolate treat. Whether it’s milk chocolate, dark, or white, the temptation is sometimes hard to resist. Everything from chocolate truffles, to cake, to brownies, to mouse, to the simple candy bar-you name it, chocolate makes us happy. Although people may be concerned with calorie and sugar intake, and sometimes refer to chocolate as “a guilty pleasure,” there is an upside to the decadent desert. First of all, eating chocolate decreases levels of stress and pain by releasing endorphins into the brain. Chocolate tastes great while being a crowd pleaser, and mood lifter, as it releases many neurotransmitters that promote instant gratification. In addition, it is beautifully made, and some people have chosen to collect it as they would wine. Professional desert chefs have been creating chocolate into art as well. I have watched various television shows such as Cupcake Wars, and Top Chef where chocolate deserts are creatively made. Lastly, it is undoubtedly one of the best tasting foods, and in some cases the most elegant as well. Every little piece, and every bite is like an explosion of taste in your mouth. So why not treat yourself to life’s sweetness and luxuries? As we approach Valentine’s Day, one should not be hesitant to indulge in the gift of chocolate. After all, chocolate can be good for the soul, and make us happy. In fact, in my opinion, one should indulge in chocolate (of course in moderation) anytime they please because it can lighten the spirit and soul. It’s a fun, uplifting, great tasting treat. I wrote this today to provide a bit of sweetness. “All I Really Need Is Love, But A Little Chocolate Now And Then Doesn’t Hurt!” -Charles Schultz. So for those of you wanting something to make you feel better, I suggest some nice chocolate for inspiration and for the soul.