What’s Your Chocolate Blogfest

Those of you who know me must be wondering what on earth would I have to say about chocolate? As a non-choccie fanatic (yes, I can go for three months without eating chocolate… believe it or not), I give you….. *drum roll*…… what I do best…..a flash fiction piece.

                                                CHOCOLATE CHIT-CHAT

                                                                                                           

Each chocolate craved the coveted central position in the chocolate display.

"I should be given first preference!" the well-known Mr. Cadbury silenced everyone.

"What's the fuss about? I deserve it," the haughty Mr. Toblerone piped up.

The exotic chocolate truffles stared down at the barely-tolerated baking chocolate, while a bevy of Nestle milky bars batted their eyes and giggled at the sight of a smooth, dark Belgian chocolate hunk who passed by.

Signorina Ferrero Rocher emerged in all her golden glory, followed by Fraulein Lindt and a collective sigh could be heard from the chocolate gallery.

There was a stunned silence as, without warning, the utterly gorgeous and unbelievably expensive Noka Vintages collection made the grand entrance.

The fight was over.

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SOME CHOCCIE-WOCCIE FUN…

$854 a pound

NōKA Chocolate is an American company, based in Plano, Texas, that markets itself as “a chocolatier specializing in gourmet chocolate gifts.” The company’s products are made from chocolate it says is sourced from Venezuela, Trinidad, the Ivory Coast, and Ecuador. It provides its customers with a “Tasting Guideline” in every box. The company’s founder says that its products are “not so much candy as a tasting experience.” Given the prices charged for the chocolates, one newspaper has written, “NoKA is not for the faint of heart — or pocketbook

72 Comments

  1. Kyra Lennon on September 10, 2012 at 6:15 am

    Haha, great twist on the blogfest – I love it!

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks Kyra! I opted for flash fic, as I'm not a chocoholic and didn't know what else to write…

  2. ~Tim on September 10, 2012 at 6:49 am

    $854 a pound?!?! I bet it's not worth more than $800….
    I really like the image of a bevy of Nestle bars batting their eyes and giggling.

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm

      It is ridiculous when you think about it…

  3. Elise Fallson on September 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I'm so hungry for chocolage right now! Love Ferrero Rocher and thoes Belgian hunks! (;

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      You sound like a chocoholic… one of those addicts who can't do without it… LOL 🙂

  4. tara tyler on September 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

    hha ha! the international chocolate summit!

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      Hey, you could be on to something there, Tara… a chocolate-based conspiracy story…

  5. Carolyn Brown on September 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Very witty, Michelle! Well done!

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Carolyn. Your chocolate slab reference actually stirred long forgotten memories of Friday night chocolate treats. 🙂

  6. Stephen Tremp on September 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Amazing! I could fund a weekend vacation for the family for that amount of money.

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      I wonder to what extent the taste really matches the price… I suppose a chocolate connoisseur would be able to tell, although it's also a matter of preference.

  7. Annalisa Crawford on September 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I'm going to have to save up!

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:22 pm

      How long would you have to save, to afford a single pound of this stuff? It's crazy!

  8. Alex J. Cavanaugh on September 10, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    Very clever!
    And safe to say I won't be buying those chocolates.

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      At THAT price? I'd be too scared to eat it. 🙂

  9. J.L. Campbell on September 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Short and sweet as usual, Michelle. Do they know what I can do with $US850? that's $76,500.00 in my currency!

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Tell me about it! If I convert, it's a huge sum as well…

  10. Mary on September 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    That is some pricey choclate. I thought my local chocolatier was pricey at $40 a pound.
    Loved your chocolate story. I laughed at the sniggering chocolates over the belgion waffle. lol

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      Pricey is putting it mildly… it's astronomical… as the man-in-the-street, who can REALLY afford that?

  11. Ciara Knight on September 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    I love this. I can see the dark Belgian chocolate hunk! Yum. 🙂 This was so fun. Thanks for participating in the chocolate blog hop. 🙂

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks for hosting such an awesome blogfest, Ciara! 🙂

  12. Sherry Ellis on September 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    I love your flash fiction piece!  So creative!

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you Sherry. Good luck with your chocolate-themed party! You're going to have your hands full! 🙂

  13. Catherine Stine on September 10, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    hahahha, love the names you came up with, especially Fraulein Lindt. As far as that super $$ chocolate, well that's just over the top.
     
    <a href=http://catherinestine.blogspot.com/>Catherine Stine’s Idea City</a>

    • michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks Catherine. It's definitely OTT! As I said before, I'd be terrified to eat that pricey chocolate.

  14. Maryann Miller on September 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Loved your story. It was so clever the way you got company names in it. (smile)
    I have heard of that chocolate company in Plano. I think my daughter actually went in once and bought a truffle for something like 2 or 3 dollars. One truffle.  She did say it was the most devine candy she had ever tasted, and she had good Swiss chocolate when she was in Europe. Maybe when I am a rich author, I can have her order me a whole box. LOL

  15. michelle on September 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    Aah, wouldn't that be something else? As a chocolate-addict-turned-rich-author,  being able to  indulge your love of chocolate by ordering a whole box of Noka Vintages Collection?

    My hubby is the kind of person who would ask: At that price, I wonder if the chocolates talk to you or perform some other miraculous function… he!he!

  16. L. Diane Wolfe on September 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    For that price, I hope it comes with a stereo or something!

    • michelle on September 11, 2012 at 6:36 am

      LOL. As you open the box, maybe an audio commentary of sorts…

  17. Cynthia on September 11, 2012 at 4:52 am

    So if I just wanted a small lick of that chocolate, would it cost me, say $50?

    • michelle on September 11, 2012 at 6:39 am

      Good question! Most probably… maybe even more than fifty pounds… at that price, anything is possible!

  18. Medeia Sharif on September 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    I loved your chocolate flash fiction and it made me hungry. 

    • michelle on September 11, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Off you go then… grab a piece of chocolate and satisfy the craving… 🙂

  19. Libby on September 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I just went to their website, I had to see the prices for myself!

    • michelle on September 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

      Seeing is believing…  and you saw it for yourself! Apparently, there's a "Tasting Guideline" in every box… whatever that's supposed to mean… 🙂

  20. Loretta on September 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    This was fun to read! My favorite was the  "dark Belgian chocolate hunk…" 

    • michelle on September 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

      Ah, I remember… you're the lady whose sweet memories = Momma+Hershey Kisses. Thank you Loretta.

  21. Tonja on September 11, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Cute piece.  🙂

    • michelle on September 11, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      Thank you Tonja! 🙂

  22. Tyrean on September 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Nice twist on the Choc fest! and . . .once I walked into a chocolate shop with my daughter in an expensive part of San Francisco, and told her yes, we could get something. ha! We did get about an ounce of chocolate each . . . not sure how much it was a pound, but we spent about $7 just for our two ounces.

  23. michelle on September 11, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Gosh, it's amazing that some chocolate can be SO costly! I'm also surprised at the many, many different types of chocolate combinations I've encountered during the blogfest… something like, chocolate and orange, who would have thought…?

  24. Crystal on September 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    I love it, but I've never heard of the last chocolate. Now I must find it….and eat it.

    • michelle on September 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Aha, the Leader Of The Lemon Brigade Lady… 🙂 Good luck to finding that chocolate… and remember,  it's not for the faint of heart – or pocketbook.

  25. Jocelyn Rish on September 11, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Months without eating chocolate?!?  I don't even know what to do with that piece of info.  I eat chocolate multiple tmes a day because I love it so.  I wish I had known about this blogfest.  But I did enjoy how you really pegged the "personalities" of all the different types of chocolates in your flash piece. Although as much as I adore chocolate, I'd never heard of that Noka chocolate.  I'll splurge every onece in a while for Godiva because it's my favorote, but I can't even imagine paying  $854 per pound – that's wild!

    • michelle on September 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Yes, months without eating it… I felt like the party pooper amidst all the chocoholics!  🙂 One or two bloggers mentioned Godiva… I'm not sure that we get it here!

  26. Marta Szemik on September 12, 2012 at 1:22 am

    What a great twist on Chocolate 🙂

    • michelle on September 12, 2012 at 1:00 pm

      Thanks Marta! 🙂

  27. Lexa Cain on September 12, 2012 at 11:29 am

    $854 a pound??!! Now, I LOVE me some chocolate, but I'd have to eat it a lot less if I bought this kind. O.o
    Thanks for the interesting info – chocolate is a winning post anytime! 🙂

    • michelle on September 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

      Believe it or not! 🙂 Crazy… but true!

  28. Laura Eno on September 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Cute flash! I haven't heard of the NoKA company. Just as well, I suppose. Thanks for joining the blogfest!

    • michelle on September 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks for hosting such an awesome blog hop!

  29. PK Hrezo on September 12, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    You're a good sport participating when you're not a chocoholic. Super cute!

    • michelle on September 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      As a non-choccie-lover, I had such fun! A real blast! Thanks PK 🙂

  30. Madeleine on September 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    LOL! What a fun piece, though I'd not heard of Noka Vintages until now.

    • michelle on September 12, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      I must say that I was impressed by your life-like knitted piece of chocolate cake… totally cool!

  31. The Capillary on September 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    As a fellow non-chocolate person, I totally enjoyed your flash. 😀

  32. michelle on September 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I felt like the "party pooper" LOL. Anyway, we can speak "chicken-burger-language" while the others drool over their choccies… 🙂

  33. Susan Kane on September 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Excellent blogfest take! 
     
    Maybe the Noka Vintages would let me smell their chocolate?

    • michelle on September 13, 2012 at 6:58 am

      I wonder what that would cost? Their prices are not to be "sniffed at".  🙂

  34. Arlee Bird on September 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    That was a different approach.  Never heard of Noka but I guess I don't shop in that department either.   I'd love to try it to see how it compares.
     
     
    Lee
    http://tossingitout.blogspot.com/

    • michelle on September 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

      I think that a regular "gourmet" chocolate-eater would know how it compares, especially at that ridiculous price…  I wouldn't really be able to tell…

  35. The Golden Eagle on September 12, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    I'm not a big fan of chocolate, either!
     
    Love your take on the blogfest. One of the best entries I've read. 🙂

    • michelle on September 13, 2012 at 7:00 am

      Thanks for the kind comment Golden Eagle! 🙂

  36. Julie on September 13, 2012 at 6:32 am

     For someone who isn't a fan of chocolate, you certainly provided a richly textured experience!  Thanks for making this chocoholic proud!

    • michelle on September 13, 2012 at 7:03 am

      Thanks Julie. I'm so glad that you enjoyed the flash fic piece!  🙂

  37. Arlette on September 13, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Ohh this one is really funny, oh love this different take on the blogfest. Hmm.. I really would like Mr. Belgian chocolate hunk now

    • michelle on September 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

      Ah, you're the big-toasty-marshmallow-hot-choccie lady… 🙂  Judging by the number of choccie addicts I've encountered in the blog hop, seems like you'll have to take a number and wait in the queue in order to get to Mr. Belgian chocolate hunk… LOL.

  38. DG Hudson on September 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Very witty, loved this piece.  Personalizing inanimate objects is fun and you do it well.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, too, during this chocolate run.  BTW – a little chocolate goes a long way with me too.  I usually prefer berry flavours. 

    • michelle on September 13, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      Thanks for the return visit DG. You're the lady who made loads and loads of truffled sized chocolate gifts from scratch… 🙂 Wow, that's so cool and also very brave…

  39. Jemi Fraser on September 14, 2012 at 11:25 am

    Love it! I wish I didn't love chocolate! My favourites are Rolos and Caramilk bars – although I rarely buy them 🙂

  40. michelle on September 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

    LOL. I don't think you can wish it away… if it's an integral part of who you are, then it's there to stay! Thanks for the visit! 🙂

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