Perhaps you have some post-Valentine's Day chocolate staring at you and you are avoiding it because it's "candy". Recent research being reported lends more credence to the value of chocolate in our diets! Of course, portion control is still quite necessary and the darker the chocolate the better... but research is indicating that chocolate - in particular the cocoa - appears to reduce the risk of heart disease by both lowering the "bad" cholesterol and raising the levels of the "good" cholesterol (HDL)! Dark chocolate even helps to lower blood pressure.
Here are 3 links you can view discussing chocolate and its health benefits: