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Confession! I love chocolate more than any other flavor in the world. My complexion and the ever-growing tire around my mid-section wouldn't agree, but I can't help myself. I love chocolate the way some people love coffee (and I use the caffeine in chocolate for the same purpose). I love chocolate the way some people love cats, vacations or Justin Bieber.

So you can imagine my delight upon discovering a Web site that lets me design my very own chocolate bars. Chocri, a German-based company, has a site called that is a huge time-suck for a chocoholic like me. You start by picking your chocolate: white. milk, dark or a white/milk combo (I ordered 5 bars and they were all dark because that's the only chocolate in my book). Then you get a gazillion mix-ins to pick from. You name it, they have it--everything from bacon to spelt flakes and all the usual stuff in between.

Because the bars get shipped from Germany, there's a two-bar minimum, but, hey, once you taste this stuff, you're going to wish the minimum was more like 10 bars. Mine got accidentally sent to Canada before finally arriving in California (a common mistake for a German-speaker, I'm sure ;-) But, ohhh was it worth the wait. I've been in chocolate heaven ever since.

And because we love our readers sooo much, we're going to give away two bars to two lucky, random winners today. All you have to do to win is tell us your favorite (chocolate) nugget of information learned from this awesome Death By Chocolate post from our own Allison Keene. So go read the post, then come back and leave a comment below. At midnight tonight, we'll randomly pluck two winners from the pool.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead

Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]


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