In times of all kinds of rationing, necessitated by general price hikes in every direction, food, petrol, bond and the huge electricity one, our household continues to operate Chocolate Rationing. Although we can afford to buy as much chocolate as we want, there are various reasons for this quirky behaviour. Firstly, it harks back to my childhood, where similar conditions prevailed in our house with regard to sweets and fizzy drinks. Thus, I want my children to know that such things are actually bad for you other than to consume as an occasional treat as well as being a shameless luxury when children are starving in Africa. Secondly, I believe we should all train ourselves to suffer delayed gratification in some way, alarmed as I am by the general trend of modern life which leads our young to believe in Instant Gratification as their right. So it is that my husband and I buy ourselves a block of Cadbury’s Nut once a week and it resides in my husband’s bedside table drawer from whence he dispenses 3 squares each every night. It is not possible for me to keep it on my side of the bed because of a complete lack of self-control – it would disappear in half an hour (unshared). It is quite disproportionate the simple anticipatory pleasure that this activity provides and how good those 3 squares taste. It must be remembered though that the probability of addiction looms large to judge by the great consternation and bitter recriminations that would ensue should I forget to replenish our supply.