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Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates..or Is It?

Chocolate talks! Say what? This & That Gifts owner Nancy Cartolano shares quirky chocolate trivia just in time for Valentine's Day.

Seems like everybody knows that Forrest Gump quote about the randomness of life, but, just in time for Valentine's Day, I found an interesting book that just might prove Mrs. Gump wrong.

Chocolate aficionado and therapist Murray Langham developed a theory that became the basis of his book called Chocolate Therapy: Dare to Discover Your Inner Center. In it, he suggests that the shape and flavor of the chocolates you choose reflect your personality. Who knew?

So, for example, if you prefer round chocolates, you tend to be a people pleaser who craves social interaction, yet you can be a bit superficial. Those going for the ovals in that box of chocolates are creative, intuitive types who have a broad social network and are known to be inventive daredevils on occasion. (Don't worry...five more shapes cover the rest of us.)

Flavor-wise, hard caramel lovers are more methodical, suggests Langham, whereas chocolate-covered coconut lovers are more artsy. Soft caramel lovers…let’s just say they’re more romantic and leave it at that.

Intrigued or intimidated? Looks like Mrs. Gump might be wrong after all. According to Murray Langham, you do know what you’re going to get when you open up that box of chocolates.

Now if that armchair analysis adds too much stress to your upcoming Valentine's Day gift-giving plans, don't worry. We are a shiny-red-heart-box-of-chocolates-free-zone at This & That Gifts, and we promise not to analyze you based on the size and shape of your purchase (for Valentine's Day or any other occasion).

See you downtown!

~Nancy

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