A Harte Appetite: Dreaming of a White (Chocolate) Christmas

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Over seventy-five years ago Irving Berlin wrote what has become the most recorded song of all time: "White Christmas." It’s easy to understand how Berlin, born in a town near Siberia, could feel nostalgic about a winter snowfall. Even those of us who grew up in temperate climates typically long for a white Christmas. I know I do. In my case, however, I am never disappointed. That’s because regardless of the weather I know my Christmas will be a white one, a white chocolate one, that is. Now I take a back seat to nobody when it comes to my appreciation of dark chocolate, but around the holidays I’m not alone in thinking that white chocolate seems especially festive. It hasn’t always been this way. As Janice Wald Henderson, an expert on the subject observes, not long ago white chocolate was the Rodney Dangerfield of chocolate. It got no respect. Some people even questioned whether it was really chocolate at all. That’s because white chocolate does not contain what many consider the

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