Oct 31 , 2019
It's that time of year. Happy Halloween! Now the time is going to change. It will be light a little earlier in the morning, and dark earlier in the afternoon, for many of us. The beautiful colors of fall are fading as leaves drop from the trees (in the Mountain West, where we're located, sub-zero temps, snow and wind are taking care of those leaves), and we're left with shortened days so less sunlight, and a bare landscape- if it's not already covered white.
What's all this got to do with gluten free desserts? Let's be honest: Though we love dessert, it's not ALL there is in the world. And lately I've noticed quite a few friends are really suffering from seasonal depression. An article in a daily business newsletter a couple days ago high-lighted the issue, reminding us all that at this time of year many of us slow down, feel less energetic, maybe less focused, and guess what? That's OK! If you suffer, know others are in the same boat on the same grey seas right now. And if you don't, please be sensitive to the possibility in those around you and extend a little extra kindness if a project arrives late on your desk or a friend spaces or cancels a dinner date. Or better yet, see if you can convince that friend to meet you anyway. Often just a person to chat with and a little change of venue can help alleviate the pain.
And, OK, what does any of this have to do with dessert, beyond the old joke that a piece of chocolate and a glass of wine should do the trick to send the blues packing? Is there even any truth to that?
Turns out, possibly! A quick online search uncovers copious numbers of articles on the topic. At the top of the list today was this interesting article: Dark Chocolate for Depression in Psychiatric Times. The article, published in the September issue, discusses a study of more than 13,000 US adults and mentions several elements of chocolate that may enhance a person's mood.
But I'll leave you now to unwrap your favorite piece of chocolate and do a little research on your own, after announcing, speaking of chocolate, the launch of our brand new Peppermint Chocolate Torte, in time for holidays, available tomorrow, November 1, on our online store (use promo code PEPMINT25 for a 25% discount at checkout) and on Amazon (discount applied), and soon in Bristol Farms and Lazy Acres stores in southern California.
Cuddle up and carry on.