NAPLES, Idaho (AP) — One former northern Idaho man's guilt simmered for nearly a quarter century before he finally figured out a way to make amends.

Naples General Store owners Earl and Linda Berwick say they recently received a $100 check from a former resident who says he's always regretted taking a bar of baking chocolate from the small ma-and-pa retailer as a child.

Earl Berwick, who didn't release the name of the man, says the couple decided not to keep the check.

Instead, they returned it — with a bar of Hershey's chocolate.

Earl Berwick figures it tasted better than the bitter hunk the then-8-year-old youngster purloined in a moment of youthful indiscretion.

"The apology was worth more than any money," Linda Berwick says.