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[Blogging on Demand] Chocolate 
12th-Mar-2008 12:29 pm
Back in the blog challenge meme, lienne said that:
Iiiiiii want to hear you blog about CHOCOLATE.
Chocolate's nice, isn't it? I like chocolate. Fortunately I have nothing like an actual addiction to chocolate, and sometimes can go weeks without having any. Unless you count chocolate cake and hot chocolate at work, in which case- yeah.

The sad thing is, I think, the the majority of people who read this journal are still American, and as such will never have had proper chocolate. I know this because if Americans had easy access to proper chocolate Hershey's would soon have to file for bankruptcy as people realise chocolate is not supposed to taste like sand; and people such as Die Schwester who like their products can't possibly be numerous enough to keep them afloat in a market that includes, for instance, Cadbury's, Guylian and Montezuma's.

Words are probably inadequate to describe the various wonders that is good chocolate, so I'm going to make up for it with picspam.

Guylian belgian chocolate praline seashells. Melt-in-your-mouth marbled shapes that are just so luxurious and easy to eat. And people always buy me the version that comes with creamy praline liqueur, which I can't exactly argue with.

Montezuma's. Oh Bob, Montezuma's do perhaps the greatest chocolate know to mankind. Even the milk chocolate is packed full of cocoa. It's rich and tasty and gorgeous, and then they do things like add strawberries, paprika, cinnamon and chilli to it. I love this stuff.

Actually, Thorntons used to be something I'd consider the best ever, but Montezuma's have since overtaken them. Really, Thorntons are kind of overhyped.

Back in the day, even I boycotted Nestle over the babymilk scandal. But then, they apologises, mended (kind of) their ways, and a boycott's not exactly effective if you continue to boycott after the reason you're protesting has gone away. Sticks are not effective without carrots.

But really, the reason was, I was going through a tough time, and I'd never had a Kit Kat Chunky, so I broke the boycott for the sake of chocolate.

Green and Blacks is my everyday (except not every day) indulgence. It's fairtrade, affordable, and Maya Gold is just gorgeous.

Yes, I do have a weak spot for chocolate-with-bits. I also like cheese-with-bits.

Lindt truffles are now associated in my mind with the day in Boston shopping when Bing and I found the Lindt shop and bought a whole pile of truffles and bars, including chilli and cherry, then went and acquired champagne, cheese and bread and had a chocolate cheese and bubbly evening in front of lesbian heists.

Can my girlfriend show me a good time or not?

So there you have it: chocolate. The reason I could never be a vegan. (Well, that and cheese)
12th-Mar-2008 12:38 pm (UTC)
There are actually some very fine chocolates available in the States, and I'm not just talking about stuff that's smuggled from the Old Countries... Granted, you're not normally going to find them sitting about at a convenience store, but you don't have to go anywhere more exotic than a Whole Foods to find chocolates by Dagobah or Vosges. Either should compare favorably.
12th-Mar-2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
Green & Black and Girarardelli are both available at Target, as well as some rather nice single-source chocolates under their "Archer Farms" store brand.
12th-Mar-2008 12:41 pm (UTC)

For the record, I may be Canadian but we still get Lindt, Guylian, and... all right so I've never heard of Montezuma's or Green and Blacks but that means nothing. >_>

There are two kinds of chocolate, 'kay? Shitty Chocolate, which is your average Hershey's and exists only as a cheap and terrible snack; and Good Chocolate, which brings me straight to my happy place and usually comes from a proper chocolaterie, none of this company business. :D
12th-Mar-2008 12:47 pm (UTC)
See, having had GOOD chocolate, sometimes I still like Hershey's, because the good stuff can taste too rich, and sometimes I crave the texture that Hershey's has.
12th-Mar-2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
But the texture is that of SAND! *flails disapprovingly at you*

12th-Mar-2008 01:00 pm (UTC)
I hate you.

12th-Mar-2008 01:31 pm (UTC)
The last time I was in the US I made Father buy me proper chocolate from the embasy shop so I didn't have to go near the American kind.
12th-Mar-2008 02:04 pm (UTC)
Oh we totally have good chocolate. It's just that Hershey's is displayed more prominently. Give it another ten years. :D
12th-Mar-2008 03:20 pm (UTC)
I am clearly a heretic because I don't care about the quality, just the quantity of chocolate. I will eat almost any kind of chocolate, daily, at least and am very uncritical as to taste etc.

One advantage Australia has is getting both US and UK chocolates with near-equal frequency as well as Australian and NZ chocolate in addition to any finer chocolates from around the world so there's a good range to pick from.

I am considering doing a "28 days of chocolate", somewhat like my 28 days of lunch that I did last year but I am clearly going to have to change my current habits because who the hell wants to read (or see pictures of):
Monday 85g Cherry Ripe
Tuesday 85g Cherry Ripe
Wednesday 85g Cherry Ripe
Thursday 85g Cherry Ripe
Hell. even I wouldn't read that - I'd eat it of course, but not read it!
12th-Mar-2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Dude, the saddest thing is that even when North America does get Cadbury's, it's NOT THE SAME. It tastes funny - I think they must use different preservatives or something, cause it totally tastes slightly weird. It made me sad!

(And oh man I love those Guylian shells. Mmmmmmmm.)
12th-Mar-2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Hershey's makes the Cadbury sold in the US :(
12th-Mar-2008 03:34 pm (UTC)
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! Those Lindt Lindor Truffles are like little packaged orgasms! Yum! :)
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12th-Mar-2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
12th-Mar-2008 06:07 pm (UTC)
Peanut butter Lindt?! *dies* Can we get those in this conutry? I'm addicted to the eggs they've got out for Easter (so much so I've hardly touched Creme Eggs or Mini Eggs) and Lord, I'd like to try peanut butter flavoured. Or amaretto. I am virtually drooling at the thought.
12th-Mar-2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
12th-Mar-2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
As others have said, America does do good chocolate. Not all of it's imported, even; we have some really good chocolatiers around.

It's just that that you'll find in specialty shops, fancy grocery stores like Whole Foods and smaller co-ops, etc. You can often find them in ordinary grocery stores around where I am, too -- at the least, they'll have a kind or two of Cadbury's in with the other candy bars -- but I don't know how true that is outside of New England. It might be, but I have no idea.

Hershey's... well. *rueful* I sometimes eat it when it's what's there, because it's sugary and has at least a bit of actual chocolate in it, but I do not count it. It's Hershey's. And. Ew. There are other kinds of candy bars with cheap chocolate that I do like for the fillings, like Three Musketeers and Milky Way and stuff, but they are a different category than Good Chocolate.

Aaaaand now I'm hungry.
12th-Mar-2008 11:29 pm (UTC)
Green & Black's is hands-down, my favorite chocolate evar.

The white chocolate is my favorite, followed by the 34% Cocoa Milk Chocolate. Unfortunately, I have a hard time finding those, so I've been getting the Endangered Species brand instead.
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13th-Mar-2008 08:55 am (UTC)
...for what?
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