I Love Chocolate, Coffee & Crisps - Things I Love #9

Okay just admit it - who doesn't love at least one of these three things?

I started drinking coffee when I was twelve years old, up until then I had always drunk milk and I have never liked tea even though I come from Northern Ireland.

I started eating crisps and chocolate long before that but they were more of a treat and not an everyday snack when I was a young girl.

In the UK we are very proud of Cadbury's Chocolate.

It is a really good chocolate but many other Europeans only look to very expensive chocolate as being good chocolate.

Having lived in America I have to say (and I'm sorry but it is true) that Cadbury's chocolate is way better than Hershey's.

My favourite Cadbury chocolate bar would have to be the  Caramel.
Lovely milk chocolate with gooey soft toffee inside.

However I do also love Maltesers made by Mars.

But my real favourite of all is the Toffee Crisp by Nestle

For a chocolate fix it doesn't have to be a bar of chocolate or chocolate sweets, I'm never going to want to say NO to a slice of chocolate cake like this one I had at a friends house with ice-cream (extra yummy)!

I often say I can take coffee any way as long as it's coffee.

However I do prefer a Mocha

and in a large mug so that I can sip at it for ages.

That's the best way to waken me up in the mornings.

My friends and family know I love coffee and for my birthday this year our daughter bought me a new coffee mug, our son and daughter-in-law bought me a taster pack selection of good coffees and our daughter's friend who owns a coffee shop in South Korea has sent me some of his coffee beans as gifts and his coffee is great.

When we were visiting our daughter we spent most evenings sitting in Yoon's Coffee shop enjoying his coffees and breads.

Because I am so fond of coffee I am also fond of coffee mugs which I have written about in quite a few blog posts.

This is my favourite coffee mug and I have had it for a long number of years.

My husband works from home but he is a tea drinker so mid afternoon I will often call to him to see if it is time for a cuppa but when any of our children are here I just shout

and they are perfectly happy to join me.

Of course we live in Northern Ireland which is the home of the greatest crisps - Tayto.
They are so good they are even made in a castle!

We now live quite near Tandragee where Tayto Castle is located and so we finally arranged a trip to go see the crisps being made in Dec 2012.  We had always hoped to do this when the kids had been younger but even though we were all grown ups we had a great time.

When we went in the first thing we saw were the bags, of all the different types they make, hanging from the ceiling and of course we just had to get a picture of that.

My favourite is Cheese & Onion

At the end of the tour of the Castle you are given some packets of crisps so we all could pick our favourites and then we could not leave without actually buying some more and went home with 3 large boxes.

Each time our daughter has been home from South Korea she also gets loads of these crisps to take back there to share with her colleagues and friends.

There has been just one problem however!

Sometimes what we love can be loved too much and is not good for us 
but in moderation it is ok.

When the children were young and at Primary School, Fred was out two nights a week at church meetings while I stayed home with the children and did my marking of Maths homeworks (I was a teacher a long time ago).

It started off that occasionally Fred would stop at the shop on the way home and buy two packets of crisps and two bars of chocolate and we would have this little treat before bed.

Then it became a regular occurrence on each of these evenings.

Eventually we started getting the packs of chocolate bars and as the years went on we simply nearly always had some crisps and chocolate in the house to snack on.

Not so good for the girl who got married in a size 8 dress but now will never see that size again.

Too much chocolate, coffee and crisps means too much weight and once the weight is on it is hard to get it off.

It is the same with other things in our lives, we can get too caught up in certain things and it can be bad for us.
It means we neglect other things and get into bad habits.

God has only ever wanted good for us and that includes good habits.

It is okay to love something but it is not ok to get into a habit that in the end is harmful to us and then stops us doing other things that God would like us to do.

There are a few things I'm thinking of as I write this and I need to ask God to help me get them back into the right perspective so that my habits and my life are more glorifying to Him.

What about you?

He doesn't give up on us and is ready and willing to help us, so come on we can start to make the change today!

Thanks for joining me for the 9th one in this challenge & please drop by again later for the others in this Challenge.  If you would like to see a list & links to all of the 31 days just click here on Things I Love 


  1. I am a big lover of anything coffee dessert related! This is a great combination and I would love if you share this delicious recipe on Fabulous Friday Party.. Thanks Maria

  2. What's not to love about chocolate.

  3. Anonymous19:49

    I'm with you! My Gram and I started having coffee parties when I was 3 or 4 years old. Of course it was mostly milk, with a little coffee and sugar. Those parties are when we solved my little girl problems and bonded our hearts. Thanks for taking me down memory lane. I may have to start looking into adding chocolate and crisps to my coffee routine. Blessings and thanks for linking at CMB.

  4. I visited Ireland with my family about 10 years ago (on a bus tour) and every day when the bus made its mid-morning stop, we all piled out for our Cadbury bars! Let me tell you, the ones in America do not compare to the ones in Ireland. Scrumptious! I can so relate to your post. Size 12 Mary has a hard time convincing people that she was once a size 1. visiting from Testimony Tuesday

  5. I do enjoy a good cup of coffee, and also chocolate. Hubby and I are trying to loose some weight and are leaving off bread, and anything white, such as rice, pasta, sugar, potatoes etc. We also pretty much cut out chocolate, except for one small Hershey's kiss with a cup of coffee. He has lost 15 pounds, and I have lost 6 pounds, but need to loose more. It is hard on one's knees and joints to carry extra weight. Thank you for sharing your awesome post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

  6. All three of those things are my weakness too. I gave up sugar in my coffee, crisps and chocolate to try and lose some weight. We have Cadbury's here in South Africa and I agree (as an American) that it is better than Hershey's. I haven't seen the Nestle Toffee Crisp, but it looks amazing. And I'd love to try your Tayto crisps. :) I'm visiting from Faith Filled Friday - Tina from Amanda's Books and More and Happy Moms, Happy Homes.

  7. Coffee and chocolate, you got me there! You're right about moderation. With coffee, I try to stick to 1-2/week, and I try to go for dark chocolate, which is better for you. This post of yours is fun! And timely for me as God is asking me to let go of some things, some habits that need to break so I can grow closer to Him. Blessings from Faith Filled Friday!

  8. In my neck of the woods, coffee and chocolate are a good pair! Have a blessed week.

  9. Sandra,
    I really enjoy reading your blog. It makes me long to see where you live but also really blessed to see parts of life somewhere other than where I am here. So, coffee.. I am with you! YUMMM! A friend has a brand and a machine they use to make espresso from Italy, it is amazing. It may be on my Christmas list. And chocolate, well, until I became a mom it was not my personal favorite but there is something special about eating a chocolate bar that take me on a mini retreat every now and then, my personal favorite is dark chocolate with almonds.
    Great post!

  10. Anonymous08:42

    I love coffee and I love tea - in the winter as hot as possible, and in the summer it's Frappuccino and cold tea:)
    Yeah that weight - everything in moderation is a good start:):)

  11. Anonymous22:12

    I love all three too, epeially chocolate with lots of nuts in it.

  12. Oooh.


    And chocolate.

    And coffee.


    That sounds like a delicious Starbucks drink, doesn't it?

    Thanks for linking for the letter C.


  13. Hi. Just saw you had a picture of a toffee crisp there. Can't believe they've shrunk by 6 grams. Love to know what you think of that?!