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Entry from October 23, 2012
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate”

"There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate” is a saying that has been printed on many gift items The saying was created by Linda Grayson’s Printwick Papers. However, Charles Dickens (1812-1870) has frequently been credited for the saying because people have confused Printwick Papers with the Dickens book The Pickwick Papers (1836-1837). 

“There’s only one thing better than a friend...a friend with chocolate” has been cited in print since at least 2000.


Wikiquote: Talk:Charles Dickens
“Chocolate" quote
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”

This one is certainly making the rounds on the Internet and Facebook. Can anyone find a source? Doesn’t sound like Dickens to me. It sounds like something Winnie the Pooh would say about honey. (And in a Disney cartoon at that, not the original Milne.) Anyone?

It’s wrong. It comes from The Printwick Papers (a merchandising Web site), not Dickens’ Pickwick Papers, but idiots have been passing it around erroneously for years. See CL4.org for an explanation. 86.135.115.218 22:22, 5 March 2012 (UTC)

Google Groups: alt.support.depression
Brian Sunderland
11/24/00
There’s only one thing better than a friend…
...a friend with chocolate.

...in search of myself
Thursday, June 09, 2005
SOME CUTIE CUTIE WORDS… smile
(...)
There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.

LibStudGang
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2006
(...)
“There is nothing better than a good friend except a good friend with chocolate”
Linda Grayson in the pick wick papers by charles dickens
(...)
COMMENTS
At 1:47 AM, Carlos H Perez said…
That is so definitely not from the Pickwick Papers, and if you’d read any Dickens in your life you’d be able to tell that immediately. Linda Grayson seems to be some Internet nobody who runs a Web site called “The Printwick Papers”, nothing to do with the novel. Try to check facts before you post nonsense that other stupids will copy.

flickr
By Shamsa
This photo was taken on January 8, 2008.
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”
Charles Dickens

The Register-Herald (Beckley, WV)
April 10, 2009
You’ll find plenty of chocolate treats along Lewisburg streets next weekend
By Tina Alvey
LEWISBURG — Charles Dickens once said, “There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”

ABC News
Sept. 24, 2012
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.”—Anonymous

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • (0) Comments • Tuesday, October 23, 2012 • Permalink


I know that is an advantage if you have a friend that has a chocolate. Its a funny saying for chocolate lovers.

Posted by mouse control  on  10/24  at  09:22 PM

Friends are good, they should be with you forever. But having a friend with chocolate is better. You better keep them close.

Posted by boxes for moving gold coast  on  10/29  at  11:00 AM

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