The Very Best Chocolate Books!

Love to read? Love to eat chocolate? Here are a few books to satisfy both cravings!

You can do much better than cookbooks when it comes to reading about chocolate! If you're a fiction lover, you might not know about the dozens of delicious fictional accounts designed to make chocolate lovers salivate. In fact, an Amazon search for chocolate fiction calls up close to 40,000 results! These are some of the best -- the cream of the chocolate crop!

1. The Chocolate Lovers' Club by Carole Matthews

This is a guilty pleasure: chick lit at its finest! The story focuses on a group of London women who bind together at upscale chocolate shops to discuss their problems -- which doesn't exactly sound like the makings of a brilliant story. But the British witticisms, clever subplots, and interesting characters make this a chocolate extravaganza!

2. The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse by Robert Rankin

If you like edgy British humor, you'll love The Hollow Chocolate Bunnies of the Apocalypse! The story follows a thirteen year old and his teddy bear detective counterpart as they try to solve a crime in a nursery rhyme city. Sound like a book for kids? Keep in mind that Mother Goose prefers to be called Madame Goose in honor of her brothel, and Humpty Dumpty is a failed stuntman. Not to mention the fact that chocolate bunnies play a key role in the plot!

3. Daalder's Chocolates by Philibert Schogt

This Dutch novel (don't worry, they carry it in English) focuses on Joop Daalder, a brilliant chocolatier driven out of business by a chocolate conglomerate who looks like a cross between Wal-Mart and a heavy metal concert. The story follows Joop, his life, and his dreams, and makes some interesting observations about life in the modern world.

4. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl

You knew it had to show up somewhere! Who could talk about chocolate literature and not mention the most famous classic of all? Of course, everyone's already read this book, right -- or have they? Too many people have seen the movies and never treated themselves to the original novel. If you haven't, you really should: the book's in-your-face charm can never translate fully to the silver screen.

These are just a few of the chocolate literary classics you can spend your summer enjoying! So grab a pint of chocolate ice cream and a good book, and treat yourself to a day of pure indulgence.