Sunday, March 15, 2009

Le Chocolat Noir

I have decided in my next life I am going to be a chocolatier. Isn't that a wonderful word? Chocolatier. Chocolate is the perfect example of onomatopoeia. The word sounds rich and sweet and creamy and -- chocolate. I will have a chocolate shop full of the world's best chocolate. I would have dark chocolate covered ginger, and mocha melties, and amaretto and champagne and cognac truffles. I would have dame blanche and crême fraîche and orangettes dipped in dark chocolate. And I would have hazelnut creams and maraschino cherries dipped in milk chocolate, and all sorts of fruit jellies -- apricot, mandarin orange, strawberry, raspberry -- all dipped in dark and milk chocolate.

Can you just imagine?

I am addicted to chocolate, and my favorite is Lindt dark chocolate orange burst. Yes, it is as good as it sounds. I have a co-worker who is even more addicted to chocolate than I am. For Lent every year she gives up chocolate. The other day I saw her eating some chocolate cookies, and I teased her, "You're going to be struck by lightning! Those are chocolate! Haven't you given up chocolate for Lent?"

"These are not chocolate", she said, "These are cocoa."

... Um ... okay

Well, I haven't given up chocolate for Lent, so I am off to have a cup of hot chocolate -- with marshmallows.

29 comments:

scarlethue said...

My mouth is watering! I'd be your store's number one customer.

Chocolate is my first love-- my dad teases me that it was my first word. There are pictures of me as a child where I have found some secret source of the yummy goodness (on more than one occasion) and have managed to smear it all over my face and mouth in the process of devouring it. And now, any desserts that I make or order are 99% of the time chocolate, the darker the better.

I really want a brownie now. Maybe I have some mix in the pantry...

Leslie: said...

I'm Numero Deux! Yesterday I split a chocolate fudge brownie with my daughter. Oh GAWD it was SO good!

Judi said...

This reminds me of a wonderful movie, Chocolat. If you haven't seen it, you must. It is the story of a woman and her daughter who open a chocolate shop in a small French village that shakes up the entire town. Great cast, too - Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Carrie-Anne Moss, Lena Olin, and Johnny Depp.

Kym said...

Jo...it is time for me to go to bed and now all I can think about is eating chocolate.....yummy.....Maybe I will dream about eating chocolate and wake up with a smile tomorrow morning instead of my grumpy need coffee face....LOL!

movingonlady said...

I just LOVE Chocolate. And I love dark chololate. I have to pace myself with it because I would eat to much at one time.
Nice post!!!!

Lorna said...

Hey waitamin. I thought you said you were going to open a nightclub with can can dancers...........


Lorna

Breath-e said...

Chocolatier - my mouth is watering just reading this. When is lent over?

jeannette stgermain said...

Ooh chocolate is my addiction too. I love the dark Herschey minitiatures, and the Trader Joe 1 lb. 72% cocoa one, and they ahve a deliciouse French Chocolate truffle. (Tradr Joe may only be in CA, it's kind of a health food store).

introspection said...

I am nuts about chocolate, specially ferrero & Lindt. But all my chocolate has to have nuts in it - be it almonds, hazel nuts, cashew nut, or pea nuts. but nuts are must.

J, you will have to keep lots of nutty chocolate for this friend of yours. you will wont you?

Firefly said...

Chocolate? Is that that brown, sometimes white, stuff made from milk and suger that is lank sweet? You get it in all shapes and Easter eggs are made from it as well. Never heard of it.

Lilly said...

Oh dear if we weren't hankering for chocolate before we read this post we certainly were afterwards. Yum. Yes hands up, I am also addicted to chocolate. Hard centres though I am not the soft centre type.

Paula Slade said...

O-o-o-o-e! Please save the "crême fraîche" for me!

DUTA said...

Dark, bitter chocolate (85% and more solid cocoa) is considered one of the secrets of Longevity.

Solitaire said...

I've been craving chocolate all day!! Now its worse... Those Lindt things sound so good right now!

Hilary said...

Oh yum. Right now, I'm drinking a cup of Bavarian chocolate coffee. I ran out of regular coffee and remembered this package in the freezer. It's almost too rich for the morning... but not. ;)

brightestblue said...

Sounds like a good job to me.:)
You can make your own truffles and chocolates at home though. I made some for Christmas and they turned out really well.:)

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

I hope that you will remember your humble, poor and chocolate crazed blogging friends when you return as a chocolatier.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Geez, I have never been a chocoholic, I can take it or leave it. I don't care for milk chocolate at all, but I do like dark chocolate...and it is good for you! But now that I have read this, I really want the Lindt orange chocolate! So much so that as hubby left to pick up supplies for the park I added it to my list! Now look what you made me do!

Mclndesm said...

Oh My Favorite Subject/Food/Treat!!! I have chocolate every day. I think it as necessary as air (ok, so I'm a little dramatic!) I love all kinds of chocolate but my favorite remains the Hershey Bar. The ingredients have stayed the same since it's creation over a 100 years ago. It is delicious. Favorite chocolate combo is of course Somores. I remember growing up on Cape Cod and making somores on our beach. Very easy to make. Just need Graham Crackers/Hershey Bars and Marshmallows. You can toast the marshmallow inside if you have a gas stove or fireplace. It goes like this.. 1/2 graham cracker/1/2 hershey bar/toasted marshmallow/remaining 1/2 hershey/remaining 1/2 graham cracker. Squish together and EAT!! You may want to make these outside because the sugar rush can cause temporary bursts of energy,elation,spasticity (LOL).

Arley said...

I want to be the first person in your store! I LOVE CHOCOLATE! I love chocolate dipped strawberries and chocolate covered cherries! I love mint chocolates as well. I thought about giving up chocolate for Lent, but soon realized I would be setting myself up for failure, lol!!

Veronica said...

Mmmm, I'm with you on the Lindt dark chocolate orange - it's the best. although having said that it would be an error to not keep on trying other brands just in case there is something better out there.... warm wishes, Vxx

jackc50 said...

just got back from maine, stopped on way up at a candy store called yummys, chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate....mmmmmnnn, good. love the dark but its all heavenly, jc

Robin said...

Oooohhh....chocolate..the sweet nectar of the Gods....

tinkerbell the bipolar faery said...

Chocolate's a vegetable ... so its ok. hehe. Me, I luv dark swiss chocolate. Also, I gots a thing for the chocolate orange. Oh, yeah ... and me luvs chocolate covered cherries. My husband, who grew up in Switzerland, lived near a chocolate factory. He sez the whole neighbourhood smelled like chocolate. Can you imagine? Yummmers.

And, yeah, that movie Chocolat wuz a gud one.

Jo said...

Thanks for your comments, everyone! I'm glad to see you all like chocolate. Well, most of you anyway! It's one of the main food groups, and I could not live without it!

Cheers!

mrsnesbitt said...

Strange, the chocolate thing! I am allergic to the stuff and am sick when near it......how strange eh?

Lover of Life said...

My favs are Fran's smoked salt carmels. Yum!

marain said...

The Lindt dark chocolate with raspberry is pretty good, too!

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