I’m reading this history of the Hershey company and of Milton Hershey’s company town, Hershey, Pennsylvania in between visits to the hospital, and tonight I want a Hershey with almonds even though my dad is in the hospital for diabetes-related problems.
According to the book, in the nineteenth century people thought chocolate could benefit all sorts of people: alcoholics, malnourished children, even factory workers. The factory workers supposedly would perform better and faster work with a dose of chocolate.
Nowadays, “some neuroscientists believe that chocolate, which stimulates the same areas of the brain activated by cocaine —the orbital frontal cortex and the midbrain —is addictive.”
As my urchins would say, “Duh.” How many chocolate bars does one need to crave, obtain, and eat before knowing that the substance is at least psychologically addictive?
But it also “can improve your mood and may inhibit blood clotting.” Maybe I should take my dad a chocolate bar after all —unsweetened chocolate.