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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 17, 2005 / 7 Shevat, 5765

The next Starbucks?

By Lenore Skenazy

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Nobody knows the truffles I've seen.

That's because most people have not spent a day running around to a bevy of brand new chocolate shops, ogling things like hazelnut-lime-infused-72%-cocoa-content-bittersweet-chocolate bonbons, vowing, "This time, I am NOT going to miss the HUGE TREND STARING ME IN THE FACE!"

I.e., chocolate. Trust me, fancy candy is going to be the Cinnabon of the 21st century, and I should know!

Having, ahem, learned from my mistakes.

Let's just say that about 15 years ago, my editor made me write an article: "Gourmet Coffee, the Next Big Thing?"

I interviewed a couple of coffee nuts who had opened cafes in Seattle and quickly concluded: The next big thing? No way! Who's going to be stupid enough to pay $1 for a cup of java? Who cares what country a coffee bean comes from? Who's got time to sit in a cafe, anyway? And who, pray tell, wants a cardboard "java jacket" wrapped around her cup? Sounds like a toilet paper roll! "Gourmet coffee" — ha! I never gave it a second thought!

Until I started tithing $1.79 every afternoon to Starbucks.

So now I am a bit more open-minded when staring down a megatrend. And let me tell you: Chocolate is staring back.

Like bottled water, balsamic vinegar, crusty bread, herbal tea, grainy mustard ... okay, like every other once-generic food, chocolate is soaring upscale. Just look around — provided you are looking around hip areas of Manhattan and Brooklyn — and you will see gourmet chocolate shops springing up like mango-coriander truffles.

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These — along with their raspberry — and chile — flavored brethren — are about the size of a pat of butter and cost $1.35 each at Chocolate Bar, a cute West Village shop that has been at the forefront of this trend.

"When we first opened two years ago," says Alison Nelson, the skinny-as-a-Hershey bar owner, "the first thing people said was, 'Wow, that's a lot of money for a small piece of chocolate!' And now those same people come in and don't think twice."

Just like me at Starbucks!

Except I always think twice.

But Nelson has a point: As fancy chocolates like hers start springing up, people try them and tastes begin to change. How you gonna keep 'em down at the Nestle's Crunch after they've tried a $4 "Bittersweet, 60% Cocoa Content, Ghana Origins" bar from the new Jacques Torres supershop in SoHo? Or his "20% Ivory Coast, 80% Ecuador" blend?

You can't! At least, I don't think you can. Can you? Oh, maybe you can. I don't know! I've been wrong before! But this time, I feel it right down to my java jacket.

That's why I'm working on a brand new kind of chocolate holder: the bonbon bonnet.

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