I heard a report that there are some labor problems in one of the major cocoa producing countries. Prices are expected to go up ... but who knows how much difference it will make in the final retail price.
I hope supplies hold up. I get cranky if people try to cut off my chocolate. My friends claim I eat all the chocolate I want and then ride my bike enough to burn off the calories. They may be right.
or maybe some tea. My chocolate drink supply is at a critical low and snow will soon be falling. As a kid, my reward for shoveling the driveway was a big mug of cocoa. I worked quickly and with great enthusiasm for the prize....and was never disappointed. To this day, I always have a big, steaming mason jar full of hot chocolate after clearing the drive and walkways. Coffee just has no appeal at these times. I have read that, when cocoa beans were brought back by the Spaniards centuries ago to Europe, chocolate houses sprang up....perhaps like coffee houses today. I suspect a few are still to be found. In the mean time, it's time to restock the cupboards with a winter's supply of chocolate powders, mixes and a few basic flavorings...like mint and almond. Honey instead of sugar is good too. Yum.