Spanish, from Nahuatl chocolAtl Date: 1604
1 : a beverage made by mixing chocolate with water or milk
2 : a food prepared from ground roasted cacao beans
3 : a small candy with a center (as a fondant) and a chocolate coating
4 : a brownish gray
From Kölner Stadtanzeiger, april 12/13, 2001 (excerpt):
makes one fat and isn't good for your health! That's at least what people
say. Volker Pudel, food psychologist from Göttingen thinks this is
wrong: "Chocolate is a fine product, you should savor it with a
If you're having trouble with your weight, you're probably wrong to blame chocolate for it: "The average overweight person hasn't become fat because of chocolate" says Pudel. "If your daily diet doesn't consist of too much fat but rather of carbohydrate, you won't have weight problems."
But chocolate does have a positive influence on your well-being, says Pudel. Chocolate compensates for stress. This isn't however due to the cacao in the chocolate, but to the sugar. The consumption of carbohydrates increases the production of the biological messenger serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine), which has a soothing effect and raises the mood. Fat-free sweets such as jelly bears have the same bio-chemical effect. However most people find the oral sensation of chocolate more satisfying.
day I feed myself with the four basic foods that are essential for a
is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces
think of chocolate as a substitute for love! Love is a substitute for
yourself to chocolate without complexes or feelings of guilt and remember:
is like a box of chocolates... you never know what you're gonna get"
of 10 like chocolate. The 10th lies."
piece of chocolate contains just as much energy as you need to take
explain the meaning of responsibility to an advertising man is like
both its national products, snow and chocolate, melt,
"Page one is a diet, page two is a chocolate cake. It’s a no-win
who knows chocolate and yet prefers to smoke
chocoholics can gauge the miserable condition of smokers,
only thing I don't like about chocolate is its colour:
12-step chocoholics program:
nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with chocolate."
recently on a tee shirt:
guy found a bottle on the ocean, and he opened it and out popped a genie,
is good for three things. Two of 'em cannot be mentioned on public television.
cosas claras y el chocolate espeso."
just take up space where chocolate ought to be.
wreck a sublime chocolate experience by feeling guilty.
'EAT CHOCOLATE!!!' at the top of your list of things to do today.
tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal.
Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous?
is cheaper than therapy and you don't need an appointment."
is like a piece of chocolate - tastes good, but decreases with each
many cases the imperative urge for chocolate overshadows all other basic
I need is love. But a little chocolate here and then doesn't hurt."
Bridget Jones's Diary
The plot is mainstream cinema: Girl looking for Prince Charming. Or more general: Human being in search of perfect happiness. The protagonist's name is Bridget Jones and she is an unvoluntarily single woman. People like her don't have brunch or a prosperous breakfast on the terrace - people who wake up alone have chocolate in bed. A suitable quotation taken from another Hollywood-movie: "From the biochemical point of view, love is nothing more than eating enormous amounts of chocolate". (Al Pacino in "The Devil's Advocat")
This "comedy" was supposed to be funny. And at some points it really was. I laughed out loud once, at normal voice level two or three times, I smiled several times, but often enough I was glad that it was monday and I hadn't paid the full price.
Renée Zellweger is Bridget Jones, an unvoluntarily single woman
A girls'movie? The man who was sitting behind me was the one who
laughed the most. I heard a woman say that all the laughing gave her a
stitch in her side.
The movie was lowbrow and not very suspenseful, but it was good entertainment. You can guess the ending, but if you don't basically dislike happy endings, both women and men will get something out of the final scene at least: Bridget Jones, bare-legged and wearing tight panties, falls into her lover's arms in the snow, and he keeps her warm under his large, black coat.
Is there a man who doesn't dream of female bellies in tight panties?
And there is another subject in the movie that tries to appeal to the masses: First, everybody is searching. Mostly in the first stage of life. The second stage of life is then either spent in the state of having-found or not-having-found. You can enjoy chocolate for breakfast anyway (i.e. real chocolate, not the movie). But in the state of having-found, you don't have a bad conscience when doing it.
above left: René Zellweger as Bridget Jones, center left: the same together with Hugh Grant as Daniel Cleaver, below left: Colin Firth as Mark Darcy. All pictures by courtesy of United International Pictures GmbH