The hype about the evils of sugar are dying down at last and people are beginning to realize the need for balance. Why go for a chemically enhanced (or otherwise) alternative when you can have the real thing? Cacao (the origin of chocolate) is in itself pretty bitter to the taste, but add a little sugar and the healing powers of chocolate become incredibly palatable.
Like in that Mary Poppins’ song…”Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…” When I was first diagnosed some of my friends were vigilant about keeping sugar from me. Even grapes were considered dangerous. You’d think I was holding a bomb up to my lips the way they’d protest. “Sugar makes cancer grow!” they’d say. “Fck that, I’d say” and then ran up to my doc to be sure I wasn’t deluding myself. After all, right there in our treatment center we had a table with any sort of sugary snack available on any given day. The nurses themselves just smiled and waved their hands as they poo-pooed the notion. My favorite response was that chemo kills everything, so even if your friends insists that sugar makes cancer cells grow then no fear because the chemo is killing them before they’d even have the chance to. OMG, did I just discover an upside to chemo or what?
So, whether your gift-ee is currently a patient or is in recovery, unless they hate chocolate or are of the strong belief that it is bad for them (don’t judge, everyone has a right to their beliefs whether we agree with them or not), then the gift of anti-oxidant packed chocolate is a brilliant one. A great gift for caregivers or anyone on your list for that matter. You can find it anywhere, just know the higher the concentration of cacao the better. Think “Bittersweet” chocolate. I however, and going to tout one in particular because they’re local, because they have big hearts and were involved in the charity event I attended last night, one that’s particularly close to my heart/lung (cancer Angels of San Diego) and most of all, because it smelled so good that I had to take a bite as my guitar and I walked down the long, winding driveway to my car last night. The first bite brought back such vivid and heart warming memories of my mother and my brother Mike (both have long since passed) in the kitchen around Christmas whipping up a batch of home made Almond Roca and the sweet smell that permeated throughout the house. By the time I reached my car all the samples were devoured and I nearly trekked back up the steep driveway for more. It was getting chilly though and I was past my 9pm bewitching hour where I just want to curl up and drift off (ok, and yes I still have 30 lbs left of chemo weight to lose), so I decided to savor it for another day.
Sweet Bricks Unique Gourmet Handcrafted Toffee, that’s their name and www.sweetbricks.com is their website. Trust me, these guyz know their chocolate and a lot more. Anthony, Jena and Vincent are the three siblings behind it (two of which I met last night) and if the imagery here or my endorsement isn’t enough then just click on that website link and read their story…if it doesn’t melt your heart then I don’t know what will. I read it after I told you about the flashback memory I had of my mom and Mike in the kitchen. When I read their story the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Y’know that 1992 film Like Water for Chocolate, where the woman would (inadvertently) pass her emotions into the foods she baked? I think now it actually exists and brings these sweets’ uniqueness to a whole new level. I couldn’t think of a more thoughtful, sweet gift, could you?
P.S. Call them now if you want your gift to get there before Christmas, but honestly, any time of year this is a great gift