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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Ode to Chocolate - Donna Alward

Ok, so I'm NOT going to write an ode to chocolate, though I could. But seeing as this is Valentine's month and the volume of chocolate consumed this holiday is staggering, I thought I'd talk a little about my favourite chocolate.

I'm fairly discriminating. I like dark chocolate, but nothing more than 80% or it's just bitter. I like dark but with a creamy taste. Cadbury has a FABULOUS brick that tastes nearly as creamy as milk chocolate but with that dark richness. I'm not a fan of white chocolate, in fact I'd go so far as to say it's a travesty to even call it chocolate!

I don't mind nuts or fruit in it either, as long as it's not overpowering. For a quick chocolate fix I'm perfectly happy to grab a box of Glossette raisins. Mmmm. I've been known to sneak them from my kids's Halloween stash. And truffles are glorious. Simply glorious. You can't go wrong with a well-made truffle.

But I have 2 favourites. The first is my filled faves. I'm not generally a fill-my-chocolate kind of girl, but I'm helpless when faced with a box of Bernard Callebaut, made right here in Calgary. UN-FRICKIN-BELIEVABLE. One time I ate about 10 of them and nearly made myself ill. They are that good.

My other favourite is a bar put out by Lindt. They started an excellence collection, and I've tried several varieties but my absolute favourite is Madagascar, no contest. Somehow this dark chocolate bar manages to have a vanilla flavour in it and the result is pure heaven.

And in case you're feeling a little guilty, remember this: dark chocolate is a source of antioxidants which help fight heart disease, and the phenols - the same as found in red wine - help lower blood pressure.

Hmm....anyone hungry?

For a chance to win some of those fabulous Bernard Callebaut chocolates, I'm running a contest this month. The winner receives chocolates, bookmarks and a postcard featuring Mills and Boon covers from the past. Just e-mail me at donna@donnaalward.com and tell me what your favourite chocolate is! I'm drawing at the end of the month.

Bon appetit!

13 comments:

Yvonne Lindsay said...

Donna, I think I must be a mutant. I find dark chocolate too...chocolatey! And I must beg to differ with you on saying it's a travesty to call white chocolate, chocolate. It's my favourite. There's nothing quite like a delicious creamy piece of white chocolate melting on your tongue. Mmmmmmm. :-)

Now if only I could find a sugar free version...

Lois said...

Oh dear god, what a topic. . . *sniff* and there is no chocolate in the house!!!! Ugh. Anyway, I'm an equal opportunity chocoholic, but yep, I rather agree, keep the white stuff away, whether it's chocolate or not, just not a favorite of mine. :)

Lois

Jane said...

I don't mind white chocolate, but it's not my favorite. I think I like regular milk chocolate the best.

Pat Cochran said...

Dove Dark Chocolates, Hershey's
Kisses with Almonds, most any milk chocolates!!! I didn't know I was
such a chocoholic until I was diagnosed as a diabetic. Now it is
my favorite special treat - a teeny,
tiny amount as my weight loss climbs
into the double digits!

Pat Cochran

Estella said...

I love milk chocolate in any form. try to avoid it as much as possible, tho.

Michelle said...

It will be impossible for me to enter Donna's contest - How on earth is it possible to pick a favourite? Just one variety? No, I couldn't do it!

No chocolate in the house either... am getting twitchy. I shall have to venture forth in the driving rain and buy the essentials - dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate.

Michelle Douglas

Cryna said...

I too like the white chocolate over the dark chocolate. I love it with nuts and things in it as well, but to call it not chocolate is a misjustice.

I love to have toffee covered chocolates and always try to get them out of the boxes first.

Yvonne Lindsay said...

Oooh, Cryna, you've touched on my second favourite (and now forbidden) treat. Chocolate coated toffee or caramel. Oh boy, might have to reach for my sugar free chocolate--for emergency purposes of course. Pat, do you have sugar free where you are? I know it's really not the same but after a while you get to kid yourself it is.

Maureen said...

I can't imagine Valentine's Day without chocolate. Have a great one.

Donna Alward said...

LOL I figured I'd get some white chocolate lovers out of the closet with that comment. LOL. To be honest I never liked dark either until recently. :-)

Thanks for all the comments - and my dh grabbed a bar of the Lindt Madagascar brand this morning. ;-)

limecello said...

The funny thing is, I'm mixed about chocolate. Sometimes I can leave it, but sometimes I not just want it, I *need* to have it. And I love good chocolate. Growing up, I was much bigger on vanilla than chocolate, so I like white chocolate as well, even though I know it has no cocoa, only cocoa butter. Still, yum =)

Gigi said...

Hi Donna,
I love DARK chocolate.
I have loved it before some kind soul dicovered the health benefits.
Back when I was a kid in the 70's I was the only one in the family to eat the Hersheys Special DArk in the minatures bag and the dark chocolate in the boxes of mixed chocolate.
I have never met any DARK chocolate that I haven't loved.

My DH sometimes says that I need a chocolate transfusion whenever I am having a not so great day.

Maureen said...

Milk chocolate is my favorite, kisses, milky way bars, M & M s. So many choices.