Running out of toilet paper is one thing, but a shortage of chocolate products is totally unacceptable.  

A few months ago, I vented my frustration over not being able to find chocolate Teddy Grahams crackers. I’ve had no problem finding the Honey-flavored ones, but the chocolate treats (which are the favorites of the kids in my life) are impossible to locate. I actually found some in Brewer Hannaford a few weeks ago and bought two boxes. Ever since then, I haven’t been able to find them again.  

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Now, Houlton Farms Dairy is reporting that there’s a shortage of chocolate milk. Actually, it’s the powder that binds the chocolate to the milk that’s causing the problem. But still, it’s yet another chocolate product that’s about to be in short supply.  

This is not working for me. I mean, we’re in a pandemic here. Restricting our activities. Worrying over every sniffle. We need our chocolate. It’s an imperative. That dark, sweet goodness is medicine for our souls. Whether it’s milk chocolate or the dark variety (my personal favorite), with nuts or coconut, caramel or toffee, it all lifts our spirits. Delights our palettes. Instantly improves our moods. Gives us a momentary break from the stresses of the day.  

So, please. Could someone call Willy Wonka and tell him we need some Wonka bars and a few gallons from his chocolate river? We don’t have a golden ticket, but we could trade them for a few rolls of toilet paper.  

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