A recent poll in the UK determined that coffee and chocolate are people’s first and second most common addictions. Alcohol, drugs and tobacco didn’t even make the top 10 list.
An awful lot of people (at least according to this survey) are apparently willing to give up an awful lot before they’d be willing to give up either coffee or chocolate.
This is interesting to me because I never drink coffee. I wish I did because it seems like so much fun and so cool and social and everything. And it smells really good and there are so many hip and happening places to go if you drink coffee. But I just can’t stand the taste of it. I make me ill.
And chocolate? I could live without it — no problem. I rarely eat it and when I do, it has to be really good chocolate in some sort of interesting format other than just a slab of chocolate. And I really, really have to be in the mood for chocolate or it doesn’t taste right, no matter how good it is. And hot chocolate? Gahh and hurl.
And, at the risk of making you all go “ewwwww”, I will further confess to enjoying a nice cup or two of green tea in the morning. But that’s not really important to the coffee/chocolate topic …
… Or is it? Is there a relationship between coffee and chocolate and being addicted to and/or being passionate about both?
My informal observations tell me that people who love coffee also love chocolate and that people who are not coffee afficionados are also not overly fond of chocolate.
I know! You’re thinking this could be the scientific breakthrough of the century, right? There’s no telling where such a hypothesis could lead…. cures for stuff….end to global warming…. anything really…. I’m as excited as you are, believe me.
To continue, coffee and chocolate both contain similar stimulants, coffee in the form of caffeine and strong alkaloids, and chocolate in the forms of theobromine, phenethylamine and other chemicals. The chemicals in both coffee and chocolate have the same effects and addictive qualities as amphetamines.
Also, both coffee and chocolate are grown in mysterious, south-of-the-equator countries. And, both coffee and chocolate seem to grow disguised as something completely different from what they really are:
Who or what are these two smooth dark strangers afraid of? What’s with the jaunty red jackets? You’d never catch tea pretending to be anything other than what it really is:
Here I am – TEA! Totally out of cognito! Pour water on me and I’m done.
Anyway, let’s get to the important part of this post and conduct a definitive survey. We’ll settle this age-old question once and for all: Are most coffee lovers also chocolate lovers and vice versa? Or are an equal amount of tea lovers also chocolate lovers?
Thank you for your participation.
 Caffeine’s function in the coffee plant is as a natural pesticide to kill insects that prey on the coffee plant.
 Theobromine can cause sleeplessness, tremors, restlessness, anxiety, as well as contribute to increased production of urine. Additional side effects include loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting
 A classification of chemical compounds, most of which are psychoactive drugs. Beta-Phenethylamine is neurotransmitter in the brain, and it is believed to be the body’s natural version of amphetamine.