Bread and chocolate – learn to play with

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor



Welcome to the world of Bread and Chocolate, a creative and exciting card game crafted by the talented minds of JC Ravage, Jimmy Kaplowitz, and Marc Jaffee back in 2002. What makes this game truly special is the way it challenges you to strategize and make clever moves with your cards, especially when it comes to the discard pile.

In this engaging two-player game, you’ll experience the joy of skillfully shedding your hand of cards. Unlike other games, such as Crazy Eights, where you simply match suits or ranks, in Bread and Chocolate, you’ll need to play cards that are one rank higher or lower. The objective of the game is to flawlessly play or discard your hand, meaning that each card must be played with precision.


Hey there! Let’s talk about Bread and Chocolate, a fun card game. Instead of a regular deck of cards, we use a special 52-card deck for this game. Here’s how you play:

First, we need to shuffle the deck and deal six cards to each player. The remaining cards are placed face down as the draw pile.

Now, let’s draw two cards from the draw pile. Flip one of the cards face up so everyone can see it. As for the other card, we’ll leave it face down and don’t peek at it. We’ll place both of these cards next to the draw pile. These cards are called the discard piles.


When it’s my turn to play, I have a few options: I can choose to flip, spread, or pass. This decision will determine which card starts the discard pile.

If I decide to flip, I simply turn the face-up discard card face down, and the face-down discard card is turned face up.

Alternatively, I can choose to spread the cards. If the face-up discard card is red, I can start turning over cards from the draw pile one at a time until I reveal a black card.

Finally, I can choose to pass. If I pass, the dealer then has the same options: they can either flip, spread, or pass. If both players pass, nothing changes with the discard piles, and it’s the non-dealer’s turn to start playing.

So, the card that is face up at the beginning will be the first card in the discard pile.


When it’s my turn to play, I have two options: I can play a card that is one number higher or one number lower than the card on top of the discard pile. So, let’s say the top card is a 5. I can play either a 4 or a 6 from my hand.

If I decide to play a card that is one number lower than the top discard, there’s a catch. I have to discard a number of cards equal to the value of the card I played. These discarded cards go face down on the discard pile. But here’s the thing: I can only do this if I have enough cards in my hand to discard completely. For example, if I only have 6 cards, I can’t play a 7 because I don’t have enough cards to discard.

On the other hand, if I choose to play a card that is one number higher, something great happens. I get to draw a number of cards equal to the value of the card I played from the draw pile. It’s like a reward for playing a higher number!

Hey there! Let’s talk about this game I know. It’s pretty cool, and I think you’ll like it. So here’s the deal: in this game, face cards don’t make you draw or discard any cards. It’s a relief, right? For example, if you play a Jack on a ten, nothing happens. No need to draw or discard anything. And get this, Aces are pretty versatile. You can play them as either a 1 or a card higher than the King. But be careful! If you play an Ace on a King, you have to draw one card. And if you play it on a 2, you have to discard one card.

Now let’s get into the action. If the top card of the face-up discard pile is red, you can start something called a spread. And it’s pretty cool. When this happens, you can play the black counterpart of that card. Let me break it down for you. Let’s say the face-up discard is a 5 of Hearts. The next player can play the 5 of Spades. And get this, you can keep playing 5’s until there are no more left. It’s like a party of 5’s! But once someone can’t continue the spread, things go back to normal. You have to play a card that’s one rank higher or lower.

If you can’t play a card, you need to draw one from the deck.

When there’s only one card left in the deck, it’s time to reset the piles. Keep one card face down as the starting point for the new discard pile. Flip the current discard pile to become the new draw pile. Flip the old face-down discard pile to become the new face-up discard pile. Then you can keep playing.


Keep playing until someone can play or discard their last card. That person is the winner.

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