Saturday, July 23, 2011

Different Degrees of Chocolate

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

There's a myth (or maybe it is truth) that authors go absolutely crazy over chocolate.

I'm bucking that myth. Don't get me wrong, I'm not about to turn down a box of Godiva (or even Russell Stover), but shoving something chocolate under my nose is no guarantee I'll eat it.

The way I see it, there are different degrees of chocolate.  The really good stuff, and the subpar stuff, and guess which ones I like best?

Yesterday I visited a rummage sale where all the books were 25 cents each.  (I know--a real crime.)  I bought a cookbook, with gorgeous photography, all about chocolate.  I found ONE recipe I would make.  Why?  Because mostly they were just pouring on chocolate sauce or adding chocolate chips to desserts that were perfectly fine without it. 

Here's a list of some of my chocolate yeses and nos:

Chocolate cake (in any form):  NO!
Chocolate brownies (preferably with walnuts and chocolate frosting--but I can eat them without) YES!
Ice Cream with chocolate sauce:  NO!
Chocolate chip cookies:  YES!
Chocolate milk:  NO!
Hot chocolate:  YES!
A Hershey chocolate bar:  NO!
A Lindt chocolate bar:  YES!

How do you feel about the degrees of chocolate?


Laineshots said...

I'm with you, Lorraine: Chocolate has to mean something to the recipe, and it has to be GOOD. My very favorite is Patric - 67% cacao, 70%, 75%, or his dreamy new Dark Milk Chocolate--I love them all. They all have depth, layers and shades of flavors that just tease the senses. Yum.

And I want one (or three) of those brownies in that picture.

Pj Schott said...

I never cared about chocoloate until I was consulting at Lehman Brothers at Christmas time and the Godive starting arriving by the palette load. It's like heroin. So good, don't even try it once. Now I'm a hopeless addict, but set the bench high. Dark, organic, free trade, expensive.

Anonymous said...

I want those brownies on the plate. Brownies are my addiction - or they were before I had to stop eating gluten. UGH!

Heather Blake Webber said...

I am not a big chocolate fan, will rarely eat chocolate cake or ice cream, but there are some moments when chocolate is just needed! My chocolate of choice is often candy bars -- or Dove Peppermint Bark. Mmm.

lori cimino said...

Of course I love some chocolate more than others. But I am a chocoholic.....gimme gimme gimme!

Katreader said...

I'm not a chocoholic, but I do like chocolate on occasion. I recently discovered Hedonist Artisian Chocolates. It's a small chocolate shop in Rochester, NY that is absolutely incredible. I nearly died when I had one of their sea salt caramels. If you're not in the Rochester area you can still try them-they cooler months.

Min said...

This pretty much sums up how I feel about chocolate. It has its time and place. And when I DO eat it, it better be dark!

Vickie said...

I heartily concur with your list. Along with that list, dark chocolate is one of my favorites.

Chaplain Jan said...

Yeah, those brownies look divine! I recently had a piece of flourless chocolate cake that was so yummy I had to eat very tiny bites so I could enjoy it longer! Now I'm trying to get the recipe, but, so far, no luck. And I loved my Mom's chocolate pie (with a mile-high meringue), but she can't find her recipe anymore & I haven't tasted one quite like hers (sigh).

Aurian said...

When I am in a craving mood for chocolate, I don't care about the kind. Though I prefer bonbons, I also love chocolate chip cookies. Always take care to have at least one role in the house.

Angela - Bookaunt said...

I have to agree with you on the degrees of chocolate. I don't like all chocolate. I am a person who can't eat just plain choclate, but give me brownies or a Reese original peanut butter cup and I am all in.

Rachelle21 said...

We have a local place called Highland Chocolate that makes Chocolate Bark. It employs people with disabilities and sells at the factory and in local stores. I have sent some of their chocolate to a friend in California (in winter) and she loved it. As the Anniversary Couple of the week (last year in May) we received a box of their truffles which were wonderful.

judyalter said...

I'm a chocaholic too but fairly fussy. What I find addictive: Restone's Jalapeno (milk chocolate, salted peanuts nd jalapeno). What I can eat only a bit of Redstone's Red Chili and Curry chocolate bar. Wow! It's hot but good. Used to love Dagoba bars in various forms and strengths.