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I somehow managed to miss National Bittersweet Chocolate Day, which was yesterday, but I thought I'd make up for it today.

Since even more recent studies, than the last recent studies, have revealed it's good for you.

Due to its high cocoa content, it's a source of certain flavonoids, like epicatechin and gallic acid, that may be protective for the heart, and because of its antioxidant compounds, may also play a role in lowering blood pressure.

Just thought you'd want to know.

So what is it?

It's called bittersweet because it is.

Available in bars and blocks, it's essentially a mixture of chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, and sometimes vanilla.

Those concerned about alcohol content will be happy to note that the chocolate liquor, despite its name, contains no alcohol.

Rather, it's a form of cocoa produced by grinding cocoa beans down into liquid form.

The percentage of chocolate liquor fluctuates in different countries — 35 percent in the U.S. In Great Britain, the figure is somewhat higher, at 43 percent.

The more liquor the more intense its flavor will be; high-quality bittersweet chocolate may contain 65 to 70 percent, and is justifiably pricey.

If you're going to spend money on anything, well...

We owe chocolate to the Cacao Tree that grows in the tropical rainforests of the Americas.

The Mayans and Aztecs, some 2000 years ago, realized those seeds can be processed into chocolate.

Later, the Spanish conquistadors brought the seeds back home to Spain, and the rest, as they say, is history and eventually milkshakes.

Okay, now, to the vital question.

Do we have any scientific evidence beyond the known "fact" that two women, in a table with two men, will order the chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, or chocolate sorbet, while the men will opt for the cheesecake, fresh raspberries, or Key Lime pie.

(Although there are exceptions.)

According to Anthony Auger, an assistant professor of psychology at UW Madison, chocolate does affect women differently than men, which is the reason they crave it more.

The difference has something to do with estrogen levels.

Others think women own up to their chocolate love more often than men because men think it's not manly.

(And Key Lime pie is?)

Well, we clearly have a lot to digest.

J. Peterman

 

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January 11, 2011 12:32 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


I make a splendid key lime tart with a pine nut crust.

January 11, 2011 12:39 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Hot chocolate, chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate ice cream, chocolate milk, godiva chocolate.  Men don't like chocolate?  Perhaps that is what women would want us to believe.  I'm with bebe on this one, chocolate,  mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm! 

January 11, 2011 12:41 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Stoney, I will be turning in, if I dream tonight of a splendid key lime tart, I will have you to thank in the morning.

January 11, 2011 12:46 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Chocolate is it? Well, you can go to the trouble of taking a bite and letting it melt in your mouth... or:  http://hotchocolatefestival.com/

January 11, 2011 1:51 AM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

Oh my gosh. ....I'm eating a piece of flourless chocolate torte right this minute. This is my very favorite...I can't even begin to describe how wonderful it is....but it is the best. Dark Chocolate for me, usually with nuts....but this torte is so good without nuts that I'll have it with just a bit of fresh whipped cream on it. One of the restaurants that we frequent makes this dessert and the owner/chef knows how much I love it, so for my birthday last year he made a whole one for me. Ohhh, to take a small bite and let it just sort of melt/soak into my tongue...it's a sublime experience that I treat myself with. If you love dark chocolate, love chocolate mousse, but haven't had flourless chocolate torte yet ..... try it ... you'll love it.

January 11, 2011 7:06 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Wegman's has a Death By Chocolate cake that is, well, I'm getting flushed just talking about it.

January 11, 2011 7:06 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

Chocolate mousse!  Lava cake with a gooey center!  Yes!  One that I like is a Mexican sauce called mole poblano.  It is a mix of unsweetened chocolate, a touch of cinnamon and some red pepper.  It is put on turkey or chicken.  Frequently white sesame seeds are sprinkled on top.  Wonderful dish.  And then there's a cup of hot chocolate!  Yes!

January 11, 2011 7:15 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

Let me add that the mole poblano sauce recipe is complex enough that I usually look for it in a Mexican restaurant.  There must be two dozen ingredients or more. 
http://www.marscafe.com/php/salsa/recipes/molepobrx.html

January 11, 2011 7:41 AM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Western Civilization was so bland before Marco Polo ventured East and Columbus ventured West trying to get East (leaving the Viking discussion for another day). No no tea, no coffee, and certainly very little spice(s) in life and nothing to put in that peace pipe or gunpowder to break the peace or paper to write the treaty on or a banana (later to be frozen) to dip in chocolate. Food like life is often bittersweet and the conflictive flavors find their appropriate taste buds and the talk devolves into a primitive yum until the check arrives when men pretend to fight over it.

January 11, 2011 7:56 AM
Myself 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Spring Fragrance said...

I like chocolate but am not crazy about it. Maybe its because I can still hear mum saying its "heaty" and will give me more pimples if I eat too much of it. Subconsciously, I know I eat more in temperate Tasmania than in tropical Singapore as the cooler temperature "moderates" the 'heatiness" of it. Chocolate's finally finding its way to China now but they've had to tone down the sweetness of it to cater to a palate that's not too keen on too much sugar/sweetness.
 
The relationship between chocolate and depression has been talked about before but apparently a recent study questions its role as a depression marker - is it a cause or a cure?
 
 http://www.webmd.com/depression/news/20100426/more-chocolate-means-more-depression-or-vice-versa
 

January 11, 2011 8:26 AM
28481 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 Fat Englishman said...

Whenever I strive to be virtuous, I find myself thinking of chocolate (and inevitably conclude that virtue is greatly over-rated).

more on the honor roll
January 11, 2011 8:29 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

FE -- you got that right!

January 11, 2011 9:00 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Lynn830 said...

Thank Heavens for Marco Polo and for Columbus!  The Western Hemisphere's biggest gift probably was the potato which is one of the mainstays of many diets in Europe and North America.  Vanilla is another, which adds savor even to chocolate.  And where would we be without the tomato?  It certainly transformed the Italian cuisine.  And I think corn (maize) comes from the Americas.  And noodles from the Orient, another boon to Italian cuisine.  And spices beyond measure.
What I love now with the world becoming a global village is that many areas have restaurants with whole new cuisines.  Ethiopian is wonderful.  And I think there are thousands of Vietnamese restaurants in the US now.  Chinese restaurants are ubiquitous though the cuisine is so Americanized or Westernized that it is quite unlike what is eaten in China.  Pity.  Chinese cuisine is wonderful.  We have a lot of South and Central American restaurants (Peruvian, Bolivian, Salvadoran) here in the D.C. area, but almost no Mexican restaurants.

January 11, 2011 9:07 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Chocolate with coffee.  Chocolate IN coffee....mmmmmmm.

January 11, 2011 9:18 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Chocolate? Sometimes a big mug of milky hot chocolate drink with whipped cream and marshmallow floating on top is nice. I do buy chocolate - dark, highest cocoa content I can find, and keep it in the 'fridge. Once in a while, I discover it while on a hunt for some elusive cooking ingredient. I nibble ONE square. A slab of chocolate lasts for weeks - until my son visits and with girlie-type whoops of glee, finds my chocolate stash and scoffs the lot in two minutes. If I want something sweet to eat, it's pineapple, honeydew melon, mango, lychees ..... I can't remember ever ordering a chocolate based dessert in a restaurant. Just one mouthful of a companion diners dessert is enough to convince me that the fruit salad was a better choice.

January 11, 2011 9:35 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Having married into a family of confectioners and chocolatiers, it has been easy to forget the sinful side of chocolate and then, to learn that it may be a better more healthful choice than some of the things we were forced, as children, to gag down.
The pain and guilt of covert chocolate nibblers probably equates to that of the Friday meat eaters... well, except for the rotting in hell part.

Andy ~
You ain't wrong sugar.
When we go to City Bakery for hot chocolate and we're not talking cocoa here, we get a coffee as well and mix them. Words fail...

And then, there is this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLAuf4-a0I4

January 11, 2011 9:38 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Fat Englishman~ Warm welcome. I'm English but have lived in Wales for years. Stay around. This place is like one of those villages you end up in when lost on English country lanes. You go into the pub to ask directions & several hours later you are asking if there is a nice B&B or Guest House in the vicinity. I have lingered here so long that the house-cat sleeps on my bed.

January 11, 2011 9:44 AM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Nigerian Coffee with chocolate and the finest of berries- the raspberry. Stony River has a coffee soaked Filet Mignon and a chocolate dessert with fresh cream poured over it.

January 11, 2011 9:46 AM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

WHITE Chocolate - the nectar of the Gods!!!! 

January 11, 2011 9:54 AM
Me_and_dave 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Andy said...

Hazel -- such restraint; I may have to get a "Hazel" t-shirt because you're my hero.  As for me?  Wine, chocolate, wine, chocolate, coffee, coffee, chocolate....you get the idea.  Mango?  Yup, that too -- wouldn't it be good if it was chocolate covered ;)

January 11, 2011 10:06 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

When  I  get  the  chance,   I'll  track  down  some  pictures  of  our  (me  &  daughter)   guide's  rainforest  presentation  of  how  chocolate  looks  &  is  harvested  in  the  jungle......fascinating!  >>>>>ply  me  with  dark  chocolate,  take  unfair  advantage  of  me!<<<<<  {postcard  on  my  home  office  wall...lol

January 11, 2011 10:11 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Remember you heard it from me FIRST, but slices of FRESH (ripened in the growing field sun, not in the cargo hold of a shipping crate) AVOCADO taste "2 die 4" when served under a light coating of molten chocolate.....jmo

January 11, 2011 10:17 AM
10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 uliggam said...

My 2 favorite chocolate goodies:

1) Churros con Chocolate
http://spanishfood.about.com/b/2008/02/16/churros-con-chocolate.htm

I first had this sitting in the Plaza Mayor in Madrid, and I can still almost feel and taste the warm chocolate sensation on my tongue. Fortunately, now I can get the Barcelona version at XOCO in Chicago.

2) Xocopili from Valrhona

I found these a few years ago at the Valrhona factory during a trip to Provence. We were taught how to "taste" their chocolate and these tiny spiced 72% cacao balls were a big hit. I had been assured that it would be impossible to purchase them in the States. So I bought, and subsequently carried, a kilo of these around Europe for the rest of the summer. I left generous supplies with all my friends and consequently only had a few left when I returned to the States. Fortunately the information was wrong. So now I simply indulge my habit with a simple internet purchase and my next kilo bucket arrives, just before the old one runs out.

January 11, 2011 10:24 AM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Fat Englishman- Howdy from Nashville- Love your profile. Folks like Santa, Buddha, and Sir Winston himself, not to mention Orson Welles and the late great Robert Morley remind us all that we truly have a lot of time and mney invested in our tummies so grow that investment and on to adventures like Morley in an old fav "Who is killing the Great Chefs of Europe?". Tally Ho.

January 11, 2011 10:35 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Andy~ Bless you - it's not a case of restraint, I'm just not a chocolate person. I don't do virtuous! Ignoring all advice from the media, medical people etc, I over-indulge unashamedly in things I really, really like. Chocolate isn't one of them.
Especially, hello, The Griraffe~ white chocolate.

January 11, 2011 10:42 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


There is, in Manhattan, a stylish and trendy retail chocolate shop run by someone famous in that field.
Large windows offer a view of chocolate production from the beans onward and yet, inexplicably, there is not within the place or without, the slightest hint of chocolate aroma. I don't know how they do it... or why.
Extremely expensive, their molded chocolates are boxed with a guide to their flavors which is a good thing because otherwise it would be impossible to guess.

January 11, 2011 10:46 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Bert~ Why would anybody want to put chocolate on a fresh sun-ripened avocado? Shudder!!!

January 11, 2011 10:59 AM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Hazel:   Add  a  few  fresh  sliced  strawberries,  maybe  that  helps  destroy  your  negative  mental  picture.   John  Peterman  understands,  check  his  choice  of  answers  to  the  question  asked  about  how  do  we  enjoy  chocolate.   One  selection  (mine)  is  "I'm  a  guy,  so  who  cares?"   lol

January 11, 2011 10:59 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Me, too, Hazel - not a chocolate junky. Oh, I make the hot cocoa for the granddaughter with the tiny marshmallows on top, and have a sip with her, but as for favorites, I will take a pineapple upsidedown cake or key lime pie anytime!
 
Maybe I am deficient in that hormone they keep talking about that makes females crave the chocolate! Who knows! I honestly don't "crave" anything, except good reading.
Though I have never been accused of being less than female! All this dessert talk, and us snowed/iced in for the week....Think I will take Stoney's lead and go get the key lime juice, sweet condensed milk, eggs, graham cracker pie crust, and make a key lime pie! Yum!

January 11, 2011 11:01 AM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Chocolate covered bacon is now trendy among carnivores with crimson necks.
***
Bert, I'll give it a spin but prefer my avocadoes in my guac.

January 11, 2011 11:04 AM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...

I love chocolate and got quite a lot of it for Christmas. So much that I'm sending some to my grandchildren.
The rest will go into the freezer or fridge.

January 11, 2011 11:08 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PAOLOS............................sometimes all you can say is mmmmmmmmmmmm.......................& it's enough........................
 
Last night I made hot chocolate w/ fresh whipped cream w/lots of vanilla........mmmmm...............
 
STONEY......................your chocolate shop story is interesting.................we have a Chinese restaurant run by this really rude woman & the first thing I noticed when we walked inside was the complete absence of any smells of garlic, sesame oil, ginger, chilis..................nothing..............it actually creeped me out & we never went back............. it seems even stranger that a chocolate shop would not want their aroma all over the place and seeping outside too....................it would obviously increase their sales..................
 
I LOVE CHOCOLATE.......white & dark!

January 11, 2011 11:10 AM
10041_445991248814972_692962064_n Com-100Com-300First-comHr-1 The Giraffe said...

Top of the Morning to you Hazel!  Trust all is well in your part of the world. 
Snow is on the way and everyone seems to be in a panic of sorts.
 
Have never been a chocolate fan - ever.  As Spring said it is heaty and pimply and it was not on the menu when growing up.  Then again, neither was wine!!

January 11, 2011 11:15 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Our yellow lab, at about age six, and many years ago, at a small bag of coffee beans dipped in dark chocolate that had fallen off the fridge.
By the time we figured out what happened, she was in full flight circling the yard in a blur.
The vet explained that there was nothing to be done but watch and let her run it off which she did sometimes banking off the garage on her wider orbits.
Luckily it had been a very small bag and she was in her prime but it did look like a good way to get jacked up in a hurry.

January 11, 2011 11:24 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Stoney - We have been told that chocolate can be fatal for dogs! Apparently, yours was of hearty disposition, and very lucky! My Boston terrier (terror) granddog smells any food and begs with a most persuasive whine, but daughter says no chocolate! No table scraps! No anything, except a tiny sprinkle of shredded cheese on her kibble. Did your lab recover completely?

January 11, 2011 11:59 AM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

A companion Lab scare story:  last weekend, my daughter's little daughter fed their 9 month old Lab an entire bowl of green grapes.  He got awfully sick, then sicker, and when they finally found a Vet who was open, poor pup was in kidney failure.  No kidding, no exaggerating.  After IV's and all kinds of scary measures, he (puppy) will be okay.  But the Vet said : "Green grapes are poisonous to dogs." One or two green grapes won't kill them, but that entire bowl on the kitchen table almost did.  Now my little granddaughter is so sorry mama and positively traumatized by the event, but the puppy should live to be an old Lab, but I thought a word here to those like me who're thinking "green grapes? poisonous to dogs? who knew?" -- I thought you might want to store the info away to avoid any problem with your beloved canine.

January 11, 2011 12:00 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Oh:  on topic:  this topic is so delicious it's making my hands sweat.  ;)

January 11, 2011 12:03 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Carol said...

Bert--I can see the avocado and choc bit.  IF we go to my cousin's in CA. will have to remember to try it.  Chances of a freshly plucked ripe avo. are much better there than here in Ks!

January 11, 2011 12:16 PM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Mooseloop ~
She recovered to live and hunt another eight years.

Park4 ~
There was a story of a woman who intentionally did in her husband's dog with raisins  and found herself committed.
I have forgotten the state of residence.

I hope all of our Southeastern friends have survived what someone on Fox described as: "feet and sleezing rain."

We're pretty well used to and prepared for winter weather around here and it doesn't hurt that the highest elevation can be looked over standing on a kitchen chair.

January 11, 2011 1:18 PM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 rwh1 said...

Very timely topic. The weekend nearest valentines day the local wineries have a red wine and chocolate fest. In a friendly manor they try to out do each other with the chocolate treats.
Chocolate fountains, bon bons,muffins,strawberries,cheeries,apples dipped in chocolate. Also marshmellows and lots of other goodies that all go very good with red wine.
There is a group of about 20 or so wineries that are within a 20 to 30 minute drive of our home that never charge a tasting fee. A longer drive,about an hour or so, there is anothe group of wineries that do the same. We have gotten spoiled .
Now that the event is getting near I had better open a box of chocolate truffles ,uncork a good red wine and start training.

January 11, 2011 1:37 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Chocolate fountains...they are a religious
experience, of sorts...
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-wwbO4LUMY
 
 
 
Since we were iced in last night, prior to sipping
hot chocolate and watching the Auburn Oregon game, we watched Armistad.  It is
just coincidental that today is Human Trafficing Awareness Day. I wouldn't have
known. It is difficult to not be a bystander and it is just as difficult to be a
bystander.  Here is Jax blog.  Pass it on.
 
http://jackiez1.typepad.com/blog/

January 11, 2011 1:50 PM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

I got nuttin. My Mom makes a German Chocolate Cake annually that is to absolutely die for, and I'm the only one that seems to like it. She home makes the frosting, even home makes the caramel and adds extra pecans (the way I like it) and lite on the coconuts. The cake is so moist and light it's like a chocolate fart, except in a a good way, if that's possible. Maybe you catch my drift.

January 11, 2011 1:57 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

I was reading online and came across a new amazing misspelling: pudding for putting.  As in "I saw her pudding the baby to bed."  If I find any more, I'll pud 'em here for you to enjoy.

January 11, 2011 1:58 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

A few years back, my daughter decided to choose a fragrance. Wanting to be a bit like mom, she shopped and tested and tried various fragrances, hoping to find one that was a reflection of and complement to her personality.( Incidentally, the glass of coffee beans  kept on the counter in perfume shops  to sniff and clear the" nasal "palette, doesn't work for me.)


She chose Vera Wang "Princess". Her 8th grade English teacher, Mrs. L, insisted on sniffing Rachel every morning upon arrival in class, and would move in for another whiff at lunch, declaring that she smelled good enough to eat. Various classmates would come up to her during the day just to get a sniff. I, too, couldn't seem to get enough of that delicate cloud of scent. My curiosity finally got the better of me and I searched online for the notes: "sheer, flirty blend of water lily, lady apple, mandarin meringue, and golden apricot skin are melded with sheer floral notes, accented with dark chocolate, and finished with a pink frosting accord, amber, warm woods, musk, and vanilla."


IT WAS THE DARK CHOCOLATE!


 


 


Hmmmm, key lime pie with a dark chocolate cookie crumb crust.

January 11, 2011 1:58 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

The tie in to the above comment is in the "pudding."  I love chocolate pudding cake. ;) 

January 11, 2011 2:01 PM
1046 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Willie Trask said...

Stoney, I wiped a few inches ( OK, 4-6)  off the wagon and drove this morning without incident, though there was slush everywhere.  The bigger the road, the less stuff left. I actually spotted a snowplow, which is a rare thing in these parts. As they say, we depend on warm weather for snow removal. The threat now is accumulated ice on tree branches, which manage to hit power lines, etc etc.  So far, so good.                                                          I remember watching CHOCOLAT when it came out.  The trailer reminded me of just how sanctimonious people can be about being NOT NARROW, too.  One does wonder how many rogue-worshipping Johnny Depp fans out there would really like to depend on his characters to actually pay the mortgage and attend soccer games, etc.  But then, like a steady diet of the brown stuff, that is not really likely enough to be a problem...                                            But, back to the weather.  There is nothing like a  blanket of snow to provide contrast for the birds. We have small colonies of inland gulls this time of year and the little ones (sparrows, wrens, et al.) are more noticeable.  I just saw a hen cardinal poking around.  They don't seem desperate enough to eat my busted up stale crackers just yet- maybe they have their pride, too.

January 11, 2011 2:03 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

Ummgawa, I'd rather not catch your drift.....

January 11, 2011 2:22 PM
1046 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Willie Trask said...

Does anyone know anything about "shell pearls" which come in many colors including Chocolate?

January 11, 2011 3:40 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Yeah, WT:  they're light brown colored pearls, found in the south seas.  Different shades of brown, pearly brown, chocolate light or dark brown.  I imagine their quality depends on the shade of chocolate, but I don't know.  I think they're pretty, but I'm partial to creamy white with a touch of pink pearls.  Also blue gray pearls, but I better not get started on color again.

January 11, 2011 3:50 PM
1046 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Willie Trask said...

Thanks, Park,                                                    It seems those clever pearl people have come up with the pearl equivalent of plywood, or maybe veneer.  As I understand ( and I'm not sure that I do) they start with a bead made from some kind of shell- what would otherwise be MOTHER of PEARL.  You know, it is shiny, but it isn't a pearl. Then they chemically adhere layers and layers of pearl stuff- nacre- onto the MOP bead. The result is a pearl that is bigger and less irregular, but still made entirely of the same stuff as pearls, as opposed to the various fake pearls made from, what,  styrofoam and  pecan shells?  From what I gather, the difficulty is that po folks like me can so obviously not afford real pearls of a similar size and quantity that the fake is obvious. Anyone for de Maupassant?  Hey, I don't know, it's why I asked...

January 11, 2011 4:31 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

  

Willie,


I am, likely, not sporting the pearly necklace of wisdom.


Park4, I have an opera length strand of chocolate baroque pearls.  They are fakes.


 Carob shell pearls?

January 11, 2011 4:32 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Willie, Park~ I did look on Google - there's a load of stuff if you just type in 'shell pearls.' I'm not a baubles, bangles & beads girl, so I got bored with the subject. The best Christmas necklace I saw was worn by a supermarket checkout girl who'd made a string of those black & white mint humbugs to tie round her neck. They looked great & a few people appreciated the 'humbug' joke.

January 11, 2011 4:53 PM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Carol: Obviously you ARE a woman of impeccable taste. Let me know if I'm the only mammal on planet earth (Hazel's theory) inclined to enjoy avacados & strawberries & molten dark chocolate. Surely in California there will be a contingent of eclectic people who do this regularly. You already have cheap tree-ripened avacados, and access to great strawberries. Chocolate may some day replace the dollar or Euro as the international currency, it could be minted (pun) in semisweet, milk, and dark denominations....

January 11, 2011 4:58 PM
Atticus_1 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Bert said...

Snagged a classic silk & cashmere turtleneck from John Peterman's closeout bin, I have encountered a young lady who has delightfully consented to join me for dinner, and the Postal Service has promised to pick it up tomorrow & carry it faithfully through wind, rain, and in this case SNOW to my appointed rounds destination..... {He said, feeling young again...lol}.....

January 11, 2011 5:01 PM
1046 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Willie Trask said...

Miss Blue, Maybe you are the SISTER of PEARL... or her next-door-neighbor.  What manner of snowage does this week bring you?

January 11, 2011 5:14 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Oooo, Bert~ You can eat your avacados whatever way you like. For me, just a smidgin of salt will do nicely. I can go with the strawberry/chocolate combo - but have you tried slicing up strawberries and using them like tomatos, layered up in a dish with grated onion, torn-up fresh basil leaves & the immortal salad dressing that lives in the door of the 'fridge? Heaven.

January 11, 2011 5:27 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

P.S. Love the idea of making chocolate an international currency, except the means by which this commodity is harvested, sold and marketed is disgraceful.

January 11, 2011 5:31 PM
28961 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 Ummgawa said...

Miss Blue, yep, you're right, rephrase.

It was like chocolate wind blowing across the tastebuds of my soul?

January 11, 2011 5:40 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

Just one word........., saltedcaramelhotchocolate

January 11, 2011 5:55 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

Willie, no snowage here, yet. What chu been up to?


The weatherpersons still have us mapped for 1-3 inches. This is nutin' compared to the 12-15 we received 12/27. (I posted a few pics last week.)All day has seen 30 -32 degrees and rain/sleet. What those weatherpersons describe as an icy mix, I hoped would be a margarita.


Weather like this is only good for sitting around the hearth , drinking hot chocolate and making s'mores.


 


We still have big, ugly ,dirty piles of snow along field edges bordering back roads and the highway. It would be a stretch to call them mounds of vanilla ice cream topped with chocolate syrup.


 


Time was, pearls were associated with purity, wholesomeness and the like.


I would say, at times, we find the bad to be a tad more interesting than the good.


 


 


P.L.


Or pretzels dipped in dark chocolate....

January 11, 2011 5:58 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

  HL
fair trade, whenever possible.

January 11, 2011 6:51 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

I love pearls, I love chocolate, I love reading all your comments............I don't like chocolate w/ any kind of spice.................cinnamon hot chocolate is grotesgue............to moi........................
 
BERT..............you cougar you.............have fun....................
 
MISS BLUE..................opera length I love................yours sound beautiful!
 
 
STONEY said to tell everyone that he is bringing many key lime pies to the train tonight.................he said to, "come hungry............................"

January 11, 2011 6:52 PM
1046 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Willie Trask said...

Miss B- just back from the sto- plenty of bread so far, but the vegetables are looking a little picked over.  Schools here will be shut wednesday as well.  County government is starting an hour late- no idea where all of those unsupervised children will land.  The snow here varies in cleanliness and originality, if I might use such a word for snow. That is, some yards still look white and  inviting, while the stuff along the curbs looks a lot like yours.  There are chunks like frozen (dirty) foam at the margins of everything.                   I have been watching The Avengers and various movies. Not sure I'd recommend Adrian Brodie in DUMMY, but Milla Jovovich does a fun turn as a punk Klezmer singer.  I wish I knew which room the Malone wool overalls are buried in, as this is not really khaki pants weather, or anything cotton and absorbent, for that matter...                                                        as ever, willie.                           PS, Peter Lake, yes, Emma still looks great.

January 11, 2011 7:11 PM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Watching the classic non stop Green Hornet series on Scy Fy while banging out proposals today and thinking that Bruce Lee was cool and not just selective memory. He even got cooler by the time I hit college and I saw Five Fingers of Death or something like that.
***I am going to break in to my special selection brought to me by my CPA from the Royal Scotch Malt Whiskey Society before I hit that pot of chili that's been simmering all day. I say that to say the Renaissance Man in me has tried chocolate from all over the world but 2 things stick out in my mind. Doing work in Hershey, PA and smelling the chocolate smell permeate the very air I breathed; sealing the deal and my love for a KISS and the utilitarian in me in the end sitting on the ground next to my bike with my basball mitt lying next to me and looking at the clouds roll by as I have a Snickers Bar and an RC Cola and read my Weekly Reader. Cheap did not make it any less exquisite to me.

January 11, 2011 7:18 PM
Poison_dart_frog_2 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1 Miss Blue said...

Is that a chocolate bar with the foil peeled back or a bed with espresso sheets and a silver satin comforter?


Chocolate diamonds seem to be popular, along with cognac, cinnamon, honey, clove and champagne.


YUM.....


Stoney and bebe


I'd just LOVE a slice of key lime pie.


Bebe , my opera length black baroque Tahitian ones are the real thing, though.

January 11, 2011 7:36 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

Chocolate diamonds!  That's what I'd been hearing about during the holiday season, I forgot about that.  Mine are white. Say Lah Vee.  About the pearls, I've got an opera length in that creamy white color I liked.  Opera length is quite a lot of pearls, though, isn't it?  They wind up being clasped in back, so they're shorter and doubled or more.  My daughter wore them at her wedding, with a low v-neck, sleeveless, bias cut ivory silk gown that was alightly 30's inspired, it was simple as simple could be, and the opera length pearls looked wonderful with it.  I haven't worn them in ages because we don't go to the opera much since moving up here--just kidding.... ;)

January 11, 2011 8:10 PM
Photo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Peter Lake said...

WillieTrask..Forever Emma Peel......

January 11, 2011 8:38 PM
28481 10photoviewsFirst-comFirst-photoHr-1 Fat Englishman said...

Thank you for the kind words of greeting and encouragement. Alas, as an Englishman I am - like so many of my ilk - too emotionally repressed to speak openly about how I like to indulge my lusts for various chocolate delights in polite company. Somehow it seems too intimate. However, I remain convinced that if more people spent more time eating more chocolate, there would be significantly less strife in the world and no wars.

By the way - picked up the most wonderful JP Black Velvet Squires Jacket recently with a most spectacular claret lining in a paisley pattern. Though I say it myself it looks most splendid at cocktails in the drawing room.

January 11, 2011 9:05 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

Last meal on Earth; chocolate. 
 
(with honor and respect to the Mayans and Aztecs)

January 11, 2011 9:09 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Fat Englishman~ I am now speculating wildly about your relationship with chocolate. Your black velvet jacket sounds very dapper - if you wore it in my house, it would act as a cat-hair magnet.

January 11, 2011 9:45 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

PARK................I bet your daughter is a beauty, just like her mama!!!!!!! I have a 100" stand of creamy white freshwater pearls.............I adore them.
 
PENN...........can we have steak or pizza from Brooklyn first? mmmmmmmmmm............
 
HAZEL..................the sticky lint roller is the greatest invention ever...............

January 11, 2011 9:50 PM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Mel Brooks had his Raisinets. I had my Junior Mints. Chocolate at the Flicks. Dump the chocolate stars into the popcorn. Michael Douglas says the cancer is gone. Romancing the Stone was fun. Gotta love a rogue. Doncha?

January 11, 2011 9:53 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

bebe~ where you put the handle?

January 11, 2011 9:58 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

OOps! bebe ~ where would you put the handle?

January 11, 2011 10:01 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

HAZEL..............you Welsh nut, in your hand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 11, 2011 10:15 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

bebe~ Bwwwaaaaaahhhaaaahaaaaahaaaa - oo, my ribs hurt! Duvet time for me. Nos da. X

January 11, 2011 10:50 PM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

Ummgawa, I have always loved German's Chocolate Cake. Years ago, bakeries started making them differently, using regular chocolate and icing the sides of the cake, unlike the original recipe. A friend baked me the real deal for my birthday, mailing it to me from Arkansas. She sent the icing with the un-iced cake layers in a small styrofoam ice chest packed with dry ice. I couldn't believe it when I opened the package. For years German's chocolate was my choice for my birthday...until I had the flourless chocolate torte....now it's a toss up....but I'll take both.  That bar of chocolate I've kept in the freezer to make my own cake will probably be there forever.

January 11, 2011 11:42 PM
Tommy_avatar_with_black_suit 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Thomas Typicalis said...

Death by Chocolate was the name of the dessert on the menu and like so many times before that which was the death of me was for years the very life of me. I shall probably love myself to death. In chocolate veritas.

January 12, 2011 12:31 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...


Funny thing: the last key lime tarts were delicious despite the fact that they turned out to have been made with Nellie & Joe's Key West lemon juice. I thought that the bottle looked different being yellow and all instead of lime juice green. If anyone noticed, they didn't say.

Sunday morning, with a cup of coffee, I enjoyed a pretzel dipped in chocolate and crushed toffee. It was insanely delicious and it was probably the salt that did it. they cost about a buck a piece if you are obliged to pay for them and a bargain at that. 

January 12, 2011 1:17 AM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

Jane, Jane, Jane, Jane, Jane,

I know how badly you wanted to say, but I’ll take either.

You just couldn’t bring yourself to say it, could you?  Because we both know you meant exactly what
you said, both…I’ll take both.

I am right there with you, young lady, given that choice, I’ll
take both too, every time.

January 12, 2011 2:06 AM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

Paolo, I meant it...I meant what I said...every word. Happy New Year to you and your family.
 
Bebe...Happy New Year to you too. Are you snowed in? Did the southern snow and ice storm include where you live? I'll have some hot chocolate and think of you.
 
SF, I hope your brother, sister and you are staying high and dry.

January 12, 2011 2:09 AM
13091 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 janej78 said...

SF...your son too of course.

January 12, 2011 9:58 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1 bebe said...

JANE...............hey there! 3rd day of no school..............I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Am going out to the animal shelter later. I too love German chocolate cake as does my husband.............you've inspired me to have some hot choc w/ whipped cream later sweetie..............

January 12, 2011 3:00 PM
M 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Penn said...

Bebe, yes, a meal of chocolate does need a Hors d'oeuvre...

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