We all love a treat and whilst they may come in many forms, a brand new iPad, a trip abroad or tickets to a concert by a favourite artist this post is concentrating on the sweet kind.
There is possibly something a slightly sinister that all the sweetest treats seem to be bad for us. Filled with sugar they rot our teeth, make us put on weight and can cause diabetes or other illnesses. However regardless of this there are few that don’t indulge their sweet-tooth occasionally. Naughty but nice!
Treats are by nature very tempting and it takes a strong will to resist a little indulgence when coming across French patisseries, Italian gelato or Belgium chocolate.
It is difficult to resist a freshly baked cake in France or Austria, their bakeries are filled with mouthwatering pastries to enjoy. They complete our coffee break.
Ice cream is a favourite of many, plain vanilla or coconut are refreshing but Baileys flavour, maybe a sickly dark chocolate or a combination of flavours are more popular. Ice cream makers have become adventurous in recent years with chocolate and salt, oyster flavour and even 24 carat gold leaf ice cream.
Christmas is a time for giving and treating your nearest and dearest. Many of us complain about eating turkey sandwiches into the New Year, complaints about the mountain of chocolate that was consumed within hours of being opened are seldom heard.
At Christmas the European markets are filled with temptation, apart from the gallons of glühwein that a small group can quaff the stalls of sweet things can test the strongest will. Fudge, nougat, sticky candy and of course chocolate are piled high just waiting for the unsuspecting to fill a bag.
Our world is filled with sweet temptation; no matter how far we travel there will be Turkish Delight, fruit pie with cream or some other special treat. We cannot escape treats, but then why should we want to?
“Everything in moderation”, that advice has been passed down through generations along with “a little of what you enjoy won’t harm you”. Both make good sense to me, so unless there is a genuine health reason why deprive ourselves?
Go on treat yourself to something sweet, if not today then when?