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.