Chocolate Books for National Chocolate Ice Cream Day

June 4th, 2011 by

Did you know that this coming Tuesday, June 7th, is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day? I didn’t! Even though the holiday might have been invented by ice cream manufacturers, that only bothers me a teensy bit… because chocolate ice cream is awesome!!!.

Even though we covered our Food Theme a while back, I thought I’d round up some delicious chocolate-related books that might pique your interest:

Chocolate Dreams: Poems by Arnold Adoff, illustrated by Turi MacCombie

I usually prefer prose over verse, but this poem I can definitely relate to! Check out this excerpt from the poem “Let the Biter Beware”:

In the center of each
c h o c o l a t e lump
there is a hard nut
waiting to bump your
front tooth into the
d e n t i s t’s chair.

In the center of each
c h o c o l a t e hunk
there is a car a mel
chunk just waiting to
your teeth to geth er
for ev er.


Chocolate by Hershey: A Story about Milton S. Hershey by Betty Burford, illustrated by Loren Chantland

When someone says the word “Hershey,” you think immediately of deliciousness in a bar or kiss shape. But before he became synonymous with sweets, Milton Hershey worked really hard to hit it big — and when he became successful, he also gave back to his community.

Chocolate: Riches from the Rainforest by Robert Burleigh

Chocolate in the United States not enough? How about tracing it all the way back to the Aztecs? This nonfiction title includes mouth-watering full-color photographs and an investigative journalist’s point of view on chocolate.


Chocolate-covered Ants by Stephen Manes
Adam gets an ant colony for his birthday… minus the ants. As the ants are en route (hopefully not walking to his house themselves, that might take a looooong time), his older brother Max tells him that some people eat chocolate-covered ants. Gross!


The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling
Forget chocolate-covered ants. What happens when everything you touch becomes chocolate?


Chocolate Ants, Maggot Cheese, and More by Alvin Silverstein, Virginia Silverstein, Laura Silverstein Nunn
Okay, back to chocolate ants. Perhaps I can battle my phobia of maggots/slugs/slimy things by eating them… Okay, maybe not.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

How could I possibly leave out young Charlie, his spirited grandfather, Willy Wonka (the zany proprietor of the best chocolate factory ever), an indoor river made of chocolate, nut-cracking squirrels, Oompa Loompas, a girl who swells up to look giant blueberry, a boy who is shrunk down to the size of a Jolly Rancher, and… okay, I’ll stop there. These are only eight of the THOUSANDS of amazing things going on in this book, and if you haven’t read it by now, GO!

Still not convinced? This “commercial” might do the trick…

— Nancy

Nancy made chocolate truffles for a picnic last week (at Karen’s request). Idea: We should have frozen them and cut them into chunks in ice cream!

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Me Want Sugar!

September 23rd, 2009 by

Last week, I posted news about the Harry Potter theme park opening in Florida this spring. (Merlin’s beard, it’s going to be awesome!) Well, a few days ago, I heard about another amazing upcoming attraction: a CHOCOLATE theme park, set to open in China next year.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

All the reports I’ve read compare the forthcoming park to Willy Wonka’s factory (from Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, of course). So I was disappointed to learn that the theme park won’t actually be a replica of the factory. Don’t get me wrong — the Great Wall of Chocolate that they have planned sounds pretty cool. But if I could tour an imitation of Willy Wonka’s factory, I’m pretty sure I would go ape-poop CRAZY!

In case you doubt me, you should know that I ate chocolate for breakfast two days ago and brownie for dinner last night. So I’m no lightweight. But actually, out of all the treats described in Dahl’s book, the one I most wish I could try is the fizzy lifting drink. I mean, c’mon — it’s delicious and it makes you fly!

What about you guys? If you had a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory, which wondrous room would YOU make a beeline for?

And in case you don’t remember them all, here’s a refresher of the sweets described in the book:

  • Candy-Coated Pencils for Sucking
  • Cavity-Filling Caramels: “No more dentists!”
  • Cokernut-Ice Skating Rinks
  • Cows that give chocolate milk
  • Eatable Marshmallow Pillows
  • Exploding Candy for your Enemies
  • Fizzy Lemonade Swimming Pools
  • Hot Ice Creams for Cold Days
  • Invisible Chocolate Bars for Eating in Class
  • Lickable Wallpaper for Nurseries
  • Luminous Lollies for in Bed at Night
  • Magic Hand-Fudge: “When you hold it in your hand, you taste it in your mouth!”
  • Mint Jujubes for the Boy Next Door: “They’ll give him green teeth for a month!”
  • Rainbow Drops: “Suck them and you can spit in six different colors!”
  • Stickjaw for Talkative Parents
  • Strawberry-Juice Water Pistols
  • Square Candies that Look Round
  • The Rock-Candy Mine: “10,000 feet deep!”
  • Toffee-Apple Trees for Planting out in your Garden
  • Wriggle-Sweets that wriggle delightfully in your tummy after swallowing

(Btw, this list was taken from Wikipedia — what, you think I have time to put together a list like this? Puh-leeze, I have better things to do, like stuffing my face…)

— Karen