Summer is the season most associated with reading because it’s a time when people kick back and relax. Whether you’re taking a much-needed vacation or lazily swinging in your backyard hammock indulging in a box of Delysia Chocolatier truffles, summer reading makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
Enjoy a few books on our favorite topic – chocolate! Don’t forget to snuggle up with our drinking chocolate while you’re at it. Drinking chocolate isn’t just for the cooler months. Add your mix to warm milk, let cool, and add a few ice cubes to transform your favorite reading companion into a refreshing summer beverage. In the mood for something even chillier? Turn your drinking chocolate into a frozen beverage by blending your ice cubes with the delicious chocolate drink.
Get the Guide to Global Chocolate
Pastry Chef David Lebovitz created The Great Book of Chocolate out of sheer love. His book is full of vivid images alongside information on the anatomy of cocoa and how chocolate is made. There are also interesting facts sprinkled throughout the book, including information on the health benefits of chocolate. This is a must-read for anyone that wants to take their chocolate enjoyment to the next level.
Bring Back a Childhood Summer Reading Favorite
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is possibly the best-known book about the undeniable urge for cocoa. It’s a popular tale among children and adults alike, and if you’re anything like us you read it more than once as a kid during your summer break. You can reminisce on your own or share the story with your own children or grandchildren. Take turns reading aloud or make it your summer bedtime story.
A Summer Love Affair Worth Writing About
If you’re looking for a little chocolate laden romance this summer, pick up a copy of The Chocolate Touch. The title really does say it all. The story follows an American woman who falls for the decadent confections of a chocolatier in Paris. It has all the ingredients for a sensual summer reading experience. The topic is so tasty, author Laura Florand created an entire Amour et Chocolat series.
Discover the Origins of Chocolate in America
If non-fiction is more your forte, you might want to check out Steve Almond’s Candyfreak: A Journey Through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. His quest to find confections from his childhood gave Almond a whole new perspective and understanding of how small shops are preserving the history of chocolate making. Even though huge corporations often overshadow small chocolatiers, the passion and products behind smaller companies are undeniably delicious.
Mystery Wrapped in Chocolate
Mysteries are a guilty indulgence for many readers, and it doesn’t get any sweeter than Crime de Cocoa. It’s actually a compilation of the first three cocoa-filled stories in author JoAnna Carl’s chocolate mystery series. Carl has tapped into people’s love for cocoa with an amazing fifteen mystery novels that feature a chocolaty storyline.
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