Why Did God Make Chocolate?
Updated: Sep 28
Why did God make chocolate?
One of my five-year-old boys asks me during lunch, oozing
nutella on the table from his graham cracker sandwich. I explain to Judah
who is my favorite—also the worst boy in the summer camp—well, chocolate comes from beans on trees called ‘cacao’ and they all say eww! and gross! Judah glares at his Lunchable
like it has personally betrayed him, while our only three-year-old Andrew shrieks, I’m
ALLERGIC to legumes!
Judah has asked me why
Ram’s eyes are small, how can his mother be white?
and why are you brown like a crayon?
I said because some people are chocolate and some people are vanilla
but both are good, and thank God no one decided to shout how much
they hated vanilla or chocolate.
Because of course they don’t say, they shout.
Now he has me curious on why chocolate was invented.
The bitter cacao beans are boiled, stirred smooth with rich, creamy butter
and sugar like a sword, beaten, cooled, beaten down until every imperfection has
evaporated and all that remains on the wax paper is smooth chocolate.
I remember licking the bowl of my birthday cakes, the chocolate
coating my nose and sticking to my baby hairs
as I dived into the eight-cup glass.
I figure now, as a grownup who celebrates Wine Down Wednesdays
God made chocolate because he thought it would pair well
with strawberries and champagne.