This time next Friday I'll be involved in a war. Truth be told I already am. But next week will be the epic battle that decides an outcome.
For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you may have already noticed #chocwars. It all started…… well, I'm not really sure how it started. Someone probably said "I like white chocolate", then some argumentative fool said "White chocolate isn't real chocolate" and somebody indignantly said "Yes it is", then some idiot said "No it isn't", then …..well, you get the drift.
At this stage a group of us (still unclear to me how I got involved, there may have been a glass or three of red wine consumed by that point. I'm not even sure if it was daytime or evening…), turned on poor Heath from Coles Online asking for free chocolate, as you do. Well….don't you?
Anyway, Heath, bless him, challenged four of us (myself, Sarah, Kylie and Kerri) to blog our arguments for a public vote to be held on the Coles Online blog, and in exchange he would send each of us 'research packs' of chocolate.
I laughed. And poured another wine. I mean, the other three are writers. Real, published writers. And I'm just….me. I drink wine, eat chocolate and blog about my boobs heading south. As if I'm going to say 'yes' to a competition with them. Free chocolate though…..
I slept on it. And apparently in a hangover haze I said 'yes' the next day. After all, I've been researching chocolate for over 40 years, I can do this, yes? Oh, crap.
The question we are trying to answer seems to be "Is white chocolate really chocolate?"
Well….duh….. you call it chocolate don't you? And all the labels on all the blocks in all the stores call it chocolate don't they? And they're all governed by some sort of rigid food standard aren't they? Is everybody wrong? Really?
I'll leave you pondering those questions for the next week, when I will threaten, err, I mean, urge you all to read our blogs and vote for your preference. As in, my team, #allchoc. You can read the others, just don't vote for them. You can even mock them a little, just don't vote for them.
So, Friday 6th August is D-day. Or would that be C-Day?
Sarah Pietrzak (@SeraphimSP on twitter) is my team-mate and we will be showing that white chocolate deserves to be included in the chocolate family with all the other colours. Or we'll just make you belly laugh so much you'll vote for us.
Kylie Ladd (@kylie_ladd) and Kerri Sackville (@KerriSackville) are arguing against the inclusion of white chocolate as a legitimate chocolate product. Or they'll just make you so bored you'll vote for us.
Either way you'll vote for us.
And you know what? I thought my stomach was hurting from all the chocolate I ate, but it's from all the laughter. Okay, it might be the chocolate, but mostly the laughter. No matter what happens, these girls have had me in hysterics all week. Follow them and their blogs and you'll laugh at them too.
But vote for us.