A dive into the chocolate pool!

I don't know if I fall under the category of a chocolate addict. With all the calorie consciousness that I am at times engulfed with, I rarely buy chocolates. But when I give in to temptation and DO buy, I presume it my duty to greedily gulp down the whole bar. Though I must say I enjoyed my shared portion of chocolates during childhood much better. My parents were never the buying little treats every now and then type. (That as grandparents, their views have taken a u-turn is a different story). Buying a big bar of chocolate (which almost always would be Dairy Milk) was a rarity. When the precious thing does arrive, it would be shared equally, among siblings and cousins. I wouldn't say I enjoyed sharing. Nor did I dislike it. It was just the way we ate chocolates back then. But the wait for the occasion was in itself a pleasure, equivalent to the taste of the chocolate.

Then there was this uncle who used to visit Madras on official purposes. His trips were mostly sudden and short ones. But every visit would fetch a dairy milk for the two of us. So when I open the fridge and find the chocolate and if the date was nowhere close to salary day for my parents, it would mean that Bombay uncle has visited.

Because I was the only one in the household who wouldn't drink coffee, Bournvita was the supplement. On weekends (before tea swayed me over) it was bournvita ice-cream. Recipe? Pop the mug of bournvita your mom prepares into the freezer. Voila. That's it. I was slowly lured towards Complan, but since my brother refused to say "I'm a complan boy" there was no fun in me being the complan girl for long.

Bournvita and Dairy Milk. The twin significant part players from Cadbury's in the past weren't enough reason for me to visit Bournville. But since the place was very near to where we had decided to go during the weekend, we went there. It is a quiet and serene countryside though not very far from the hustle bustle of Birmingham City. The signboards, the fence, the gateways, whichever direction you turn, you could see purple. The colour of Cadbury. Normally I dislike theme based colours. I consider them to be loud in emphasising their product. But here it seemed really pleasant. (Though I think it is the "you like someone/somthing so much, you tend to see no fault" thing)

The minute I stepped out of the train in Bournville, I told my husband that I could smell chocolates! OK. I do fantasize a bit. A quick stroll and we stepped into Cadbruy World. I plonked the child in the husband's arms and hopped off. One would think listening to the origin of cocoa beans and conceptualising the idea of milk chocs would be boring. It wasn't, as the demos were in such a way that even an impatient feet shuffler would sit back and listen. Heck, even if it had been boring, I just would not have regretted, as being in a place which made me reminisce fond memories was in itself satisfying!

And surely you would love a photograph of yourself fully made of chocolates? Then there was the world's biggest Cadbury shop. I'd have expected the shop to be really huge, but it wasn't! It is one of those places which really would stay close to my heart. Purple rules and reigns, I say!


Spike said...

my 2 favourites.. till this day.... bournvita and cadbury... there is something magical about the purple wrapping paper and the silver foil covering the chocolate :-)

one aunt used to get me a 5 star and that was the spl thing we shared... i used to look fwd to her visits coz of that little 'bribe' ... it does makes the relationship special, doesn't it :-)

Smita said...

Oh I can not see the pics but will do once I go home!

And u have so rightly said earlier Chocs were a treat! I remember it was after Hum Aapke Hain Kaun that they Cadbury had come up with a 5 Rs ki small bar which cud be eaten up in one go! Now to chocs are so easily avlbl and reachable!

hehehe even I used to say "Am Bournvita girl" though I used to drink boost :D

So did u learn how to make chocolate? Once me n a fren of mine had planend making choc at home! What elaborate plans we had made! hehe but plan only it remained :D

bouncingbubble said...

Spike-so you do understand how much of a valuable memory such uncle/aunt has given us, don't you

Smita-I haven't thought of making chocolates. But I am now down with baking fever:D I'm in the process of baking whatever I could get myself to bake. And with all the health and figure consciousness, we hardly get to enjoy chocs:(

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pal said...

Oh I loooooooooooooooooove Cadburys chocolates... Kitkat too, but the plain Indian cadburys bars beat everything else :-) Must make a trip to Bournevile :-)

bouncingbubble said...

Bournville is a serene, beautiful countryside. Its great for escapes from hustle bustle.

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