If you’re stuck for an idea for an entertaining article, or if the one you’re working on just isn’t coming together, set it aside and work on something fun. That’s what I did with this one:
When you next settle down with your favourite book or magazine and reach for a chocolate treat, think about if they really go hand-in-hand. Detailed below is the book, magazine and chocolate consumers’ tongue-in-cheek guide to ‘The Chocolate Reader.’ Munch, read and enjoy!
Yorkie Bar: thick, solid and fills you up.
Publication match: Zoo and Nuts: thick, solid and fills you up.
Fruit and Nut: fruity, satisfying in a nice, glossy wrapper.
Publication match: Hello and OK: fruity, satisfying in nice, glossy pictures.
Revels: a surprise with every bite and not too expensive.
Publication match: any Dan Brown Novel: a surprise with every page and not too expensive thanks to all the book offers.
Maltesers: all the same, light and easy to eat.
Publication match: any of the newer women’s weeklies: all the same, light and easy to read.
Roses/Quality Street: ones for the oldies, sweets which have been around for some time with familiar flavours.
Publication match: Woman’s Weekly and The People’s Friend: ones for the oldies, which have been around for some time with a familiar format.
Elizabeth Shaw: posh, crisp, no-nonsense chocolates.
Publication match: The Lady: posh, crisp, no-nonsense magazine.
Lindt: upmarket, stylish and sophisticated.
Publication match: Cosmopolitan and Vogue: for upmarket, stylish and sophisticated women.
Finest Belgian Chocolates: classic chocolates for those with class and impeccable taste.
Publication match: Jane Austen and Charles Dickens: classic authors for those with class and impeccable taste.
Celebrations/Heroes: everyone loves them, they’re best-sellers and finished in no time.
Publication match: Harry Potter books: everyone loves them, they’re best sellers and finished in no time.
Jaw-breaking toffee: takes forever to eat. Perseverance is a must.
Publication match: War and Peace: takes forever to read. Perseverance is a must.
Dairy Milk: everyone’s favourite and you know exactly what you’re getting.
Publication match: Dandy and Beano: everyone’s favourites and you know exactly what you’re getting.
Sweet Hearts (not chocolate, but yummy all the same) : sugar-coated; all pink, purple and pastels.
Publication match: Barbie and My Little Pony magazines: for children who like sugar-coated stories and all that is pink, purple and pastel.
Chocolate buttons: loved by all children. Hated by parents for the sticky chocolate finger marks left everywhere.
Publication match: Barney and Toybox magazines: loved by all children. Hated by parents for the naff plastic toy, which is always attached to the front of the magazine.
I’m sure you can think of many more. Perhaps there is even a chocolate, which will inspire us and turn our writing into the next bestseller!