Chocolate Gelt

January 1, 2020 at 9:49 am 27 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 3 January 2020

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields
Photo Credit: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Daniel couldn’t hide his excitement when he got a chocolate gelt for Hanukkah. It was truly a treat for a kid in the ghetto.

He thought of sharing it with his little sister, but the desire to taste something so good overwhelmed him. He started nibbling at it, slowly at first, savoring every bite. In no time, all that was left was the gold foil wrapper.

The happiness the chocolate provided ended as soon as he finished eating it. It turned into sadness that didnโ€™t last either. Being a kid, it didn’t take long for Daniel to find happiness again.

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27 Comments Add your own

  • 1. pennygadd51  |  January 1, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    I like this! The joys and sorrows of childhood seem so important at the time but, as you write, kids don’t take long to be happy again.

    • 2. plaridel  |  January 2, 2020 at 3:12 pm


      oh to be a kid once again. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 3. msjadeli  |  January 1, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Well-written story, Plaridel.

    • 4. plaridel  |  January 2, 2020 at 3:12 pm


      it’s very generous of you to say that. thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 5. msjadeli  |  January 2, 2020 at 3:42 pm

        You’re welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 6. granonine  |  January 2, 2020 at 7:02 am

    Ah, the memories being stirred by this prompt. I remember the delight of the gelt. The pretty golden paper was as much a treat as the chocolate inside.

    • 7. plaridel  |  January 2, 2020 at 3:11 pm


      kids were very easy to please back then. times have changed. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 8. granonine  |  January 3, 2020 at 8:00 am

        Yes, I agree. A couple of pieces of free bubble gum kept us happy for hours ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 9. plaridel  |  January 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm


          if there’s a silver lining, we can hold on to those memories. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 10. bearmkwa  |  January 2, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Ah, the short lived joy of a piece of candy. Great writing to start the new year off with.

    • 11. plaridel  |  January 2, 2020 at 3:11 pm


      the story reminded me of being poor like that kid getting a chocolate bar for christmas.

      • 12. bearmkwa  |  January 3, 2020 at 5:55 am

        Which, in turn, reminds me of an episode of MASH 4077th where in resident snob Charles Winchester the third gives chocolates and candies to a orphanage, then gets angry with the caretaker who traded the candy for staples that would feed them for months. A moment’s worth of joy versus survival.

        • 13. plaridel  |  January 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm


          i guess it’s all about perspectives. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 14. Bjรถrn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  January 2, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    I think this is a lesson that he will grow from… love it.

    • 15. plaridel  |  January 2, 2020 at 3:10 pm


      i hope so too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 16. siobhan1967  |  January 2, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    That will teach him not to share! Glad the sadness didn’t last either.

    • 17. plaridel  |  January 2, 2020 at 3:10 pm


      i guess those were the days indeed… and, as the song says, we thought they’d never end.

  • 18. Dale  |  January 2, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    The ups and downs of childhood. Nothing lasts so savour it while you can!

    • 19. plaridel  |  January 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm


      my point exactly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 20. Brenda's Thoughts  |  January 2, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Nice description into the mind of a child. It doesn’t take long to feel happy again. Oh, to be a child! =)

    • 21. plaridel  |  January 3, 2020 at 3:21 pm


      i’m glad you enjoyed my contribution this week. much appreciated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 22. Keith's Ramblings  |  January 3, 2020 at 1:41 am

    Kids go from smiles to tears and back again in seconds! A lovely story plaridel.

    • 23. plaridel  |  January 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm


      thank you, sir. your kind comment is much appreciated.

  • 24. draliman  |  January 3, 2020 at 4:34 am

    Very up and down, kids ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t had chocolate coins for years.

    • 25. plaridel  |  January 3, 2020 at 3:20 pm


      me too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 26. GHLearner  |  January 4, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    A good thing kids can find happiness in so many things.
    I had no idea about chocolate gelt being given at Hannukah. Chocolate coins are (or were, in simpler times) often part of gifts handed out on St. Nicolas day (December 6) in Germany.

    • 27. plaridel  |  January 7, 2020 at 9:50 am


      it’s referred to chanukah gelt. one jewish tradition dates it back from the 18th century.


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