A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 30, 2012
“Chocolate, men, coffee—some things are better rich”

"Chocolate, men, coffee—some things are better rich” is a humorous saying that has been printed on gift items such as coffee mugs and refrigerator magnets. The order of the three things isn’t standard, but “men” is usually given second or third. “Coffee, chocolate, men” was cited in July 2000 and “chocolate, coffee, men” was cited in November 2000.

The authorship of the saying is unknown and has not been attributed to anyone on any of the items that are sold. A similar saying is “Men are like coffee—the best ones are rich, warm, and can keep you up all night.”


13 July 2000, Lethbridge (Alberta) Herald, “Leave it to Beeber” by Al Beeber, pg. C2, col. 5:
COFFEE, CHOCOLATE, MEN...SOME THINGS ARE JUST BETTER RICH.
(From a bumper sticker—ed.)

CookingLight.com Community
Mamasue
11-03-2000, 09:29 AM
(...)
Chocolate.......Coffee..........Men.......some things are better rich!

The Times of India
Bumper stickers rule the road
APARNA GUPTAAPARNA GUPTA, TNN | May 13, 2003, 01.05AM IST
(...)
For Shefali’s batchmate Anjali, the line goes: Coffee, chocolate, men… some things are better rich!

Google Books
Quote, Unquote:
A handbook of famous quotations

By M. P. Singh
New Delhi: Lotus Press
2006
Pg. 82:
“Chocolate, men, coffee - some things are better rich.” — Anon

Google Books
Chicken Soup for the Coffee Lover’s Soul:
Celebrating the perfect blend

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen and Theresa Peluso
Deerfield Beach, FL: Health Communications
2007
Pg. 127:
Chocolate, men, coffee— some things are better rich.
Author Unknown

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Wednesday, May 30, 2012 • Permalink