It’s a little too early in the morning to start comparing European and North American eating habits but one of the things I have to say I truly miss about living in Paris and Europe is their ability to really enjoy everything in moderation. I mean, a little chocolate with your breakfast – who could resist?
When I lived in Brussels many years ago, I was aghast to see people squishing squares of bittersweet chocolate between pieces of bread and having that for breakfast. I guess it’s no different from Nutella but still, to my 17 year-old eyes, it was a bit shocking. Had my 17 year-old eyes been more worldly, I might have also noticed that people were consuming this breakfast treat in moderation (unlike the way I wanted to …!).
One recent summer in France and Belgium, I noticed the influence of this delicious taste combination is evident in the cereal aisle of the supermarket, in the form of the addition of chocolate to all sorts of supposed “healthy” cereals. You may scoff and say the chocolate negates any possible health or dietary benefits of such a cereal but I say it’s all good. Everything in moderation….
President’s Choice here in Canada came out with a kinda sorta equivalent a couple of years ago, but sadly the trend has not caught on and this remains the only kind of Canadian chocolate-themed cereal you can buy here in Toronto (you can buy the Special K chocolate flavour also). It’s good but more choice would be even better!