This post is dedicated to the Aztec and Maya civilizations. They discovered it and started using it, thousands of years ago. How can I ever be able to thank them more? Do you think you could keep yourself from thanking them? May be, if you knew the reason, you may not. In fact, so far I am yet to know a person who doesn’t like chocolate. Yes, this post is for one of my most lovable, sinful indulgence – Chocolates.
One of the advantages of being a marine engineer’s daughter is, all throughout our childhood after every voyage, out freezer was stacked with chocolates of different brands and varieties. The stock used to generally last for a period of month or more (due to severe rationing methods imposed by mom). The worst part was sharing this lovable treasure with anyone and worst of all with my sis ;). Yes, some could say, that explains why you were or are the way you are now, but then I believe in the policy of Living to eat, so some of those people could just chill, relax and decide to go and stuff themselves with some chocs. 🙂
My personal favorites are the ones with nuts, especially hazelnuts. A mouthful of a lovely chocolate, lets say a Ferrero Rocher. The sweets consist of a whole roasted hazelnut encased in a thin wafer shell filled with nutella/hazelnut cream and covered in milk chocolate and chopped hazelnuts. Isn’t that description enough to send one floating to heaven? Toblerone is yet another brand with its distinctive triangular chunks of milk, white and dark chocolates that are amongst the most popular Swiss chocolates. All the three varieties have the nougats, almonds and honey as their main ingredients. So, if you are looking for plain milk chocolate then you may not enjoy this too much.
That brings me to the milk chocolate variety. Cadbury’s milk chocolate is the most widely available desi chocolate that yours truly has had for time immemorial :). I know its tad-bit exaggeration, but then doesn’t a single bite lead you to the stairway to heaven? Talking about milk-chocolates, Lindt and Hershey’s are amongst the yummiest milk chocolates I have had.
Though, I would rate Lindt to be of a superior quality. The Lindt family is very large and has a lot of varieties with hazelnuts, rice flakes, dark choclates, dark chocolate with mint and many more. Life is definitely not complete without having at least one of those. Try the assortments.
Since I mentioned fine chocolates, I ought to mention, Godiva and Ghirardelli; fine chocolates with exquisite taste that simply melt in your
mouth and yes, could seem a tad bit heavy on your purse too. The assortments found in Godiva are beyond words for any description. When I recently watched the movie Chocolat, the vision of standing outside the Godiva store was all I could think of. Chocolates made out of some of the most unimaginable ingredients. I have seen one being made with onion and making that taste yummy. Well, chocolate can do that to anyone. My visit to the Ghirardelli Square at the Fishrman’s Wharf in San Francisco was extremely fulfilling (to my tummy obiviously).
The liquor fillings are another genre altogether and are worth a try. The best in this category I have had are a Russian brand (the name I forget), were rum-filled nuggets. 🙂
I could go on about Chocs and my indulgence, but let me stop and allow you to enjoy them. It is believed that the brain produces similar juices when you are in love or having a chocolate, I am not surprised why brain does that. So go ahead and enjoy your favorite chocolate, because I believe that every person has at least one flavour he/she adores, so don’t stop till you find your special love.